Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-17-04, 05:28 PM   #1
SipperPhoto
The Cycling Photographer
Thread Starter
 
SipperPhoto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Orange, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,403
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Battling a saddle sore... now what ?

So I've been fighting a war with a saddle sore now off and on for 6 months... during the week it seems to go away, on the weekend (when I do most of my riding) it flares up again.

During the week I make sure I put Gold bond powder on it after I get out of the shower, and some on it before I go to bed at night.

On days I ride, I liberally smear some Chamois butt'r on both the sore and the chamois inside my PI bibs.

I don;t want to give up riding until it heals... who knows how long that may be...

Is there anything else ya'll know about getting rid of the sore ? It really is driving me nuts...

jeff
SipperPhoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-04, 10:28 PM   #2
N_C
Banned.
 
N_C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Bannation, forever.
Bikes:
Posts: 2,887
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sounds like something worse then just a saddle sore, especially if you've been dealing with it for 6 months. Go to the doctor as soon as you can.
N_C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-04, 10:41 PM   #3
seely
The Rabbi
 
seely's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 5,085
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yeah and I dont think Chamois butt'r is a topical aid... I'm guessing putting that crap on an open sore isn't the best idea. In fact, are you sure thats not whats irritating it? Just suck it up, go to the Dr. and if it takes a week or two to heal then so be it. At least you can ride then without discomfort when you get back on it.
seely is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-04, 11:06 PM   #4
SipperPhoto
The Cycling Photographer
Thread Starter
 
SipperPhoto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Orange, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,403
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
First of all.. Yes, it is just a saddle sore...

Secondly, I know that Chamois butter is not a topical aid, and my sore is NOT an open sore.. infact, it is more like scar tissue right now...

It just gets irritated when I ride... the chamois butter does help to keep it from buggin'... but it has not gone away

jeff
SipperPhoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-04, 11:18 PM   #5
N_C
Banned.
 
N_C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Bannation, forever.
Bikes:
Posts: 2,887
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Alright if you won't go to the doctor then at least change what you use to treat it. I don't know much about chamois butter but it sounds like it is not an anti-biotic. As soon as you can, tonight even, go to your nearest 24 hour pharmacy and buy a product called Bag Balm. I kid you not the stuff is great when it comes to saddle sores. Plus it has anti-biotic properties in it. It'll heal you up in no time, meaning the sore will go away. You can also use Bag Balm for more then just saddle sores, it'll treat the sores caused by athletes foot, abrasions, road rash, etc, which means you can use Bag Balm for open wounds that are on the surface of the skin or superficial. Oh and toss the chamois butter, it sounds like it's not worth a hill of beans.
N_C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-04, 11:33 PM   #6
SipperPhoto
The Cycling Photographer
Thread Starter
 
SipperPhoto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Orange, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,403
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by N_C
Alright if you won't go to the doctor then at least change what you use to treat it. I don't know much about chamois butter but it sounds like it is not an anti-biotic. As soon as you can, tonight even, go to your nearest 24 hour pharmacy and buy a product called Bag Balm. I kid you not the stuff is great when it comes to saddle sores. Plus it has anti-biotic properties in it. It'll heal you up in no time, meaning the sore will go away. You can also use Bag Balm for more then just saddle sores, it'll treat the sores caused by athletes foot, abrasions, road rash, etc, which means you can use Bag Balm for open wounds that are on the surface of the skin or superficial. Oh and toss the chamois butter, it sounds like it's not worth a hill of beans.

yeah.. it doesn't sound like you're familiar with chamois butter.. it certainly is not an antibiotic, or a cure-all, but it does help with friction some when riding.

I have heard of Bag balm... I will pick some up, and give it a try...

This is the kinda answer I was looking for... any other recommendations ?

Thanks

jeff
SipperPhoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-04, 04:38 AM   #7
pitboss
cxmagazine dot com
 
pitboss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: WI
Bikes: Titus road, Fort CX
Posts: 8,269
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A & D ointment at night.
pitboss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-04, 06:57 AM   #8
jfmckenna
Tiocfáidh ár Lá
 
jfmckenna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: The edge of b#
Bikes: A whole bunch-a bikes.
Posts: 5,438
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
I just got a saddle soar after last week end so I decided to stay off the bike for probably 5 days, it's been 3 now and it's getting a lot better. Mabey you need to stay off the bike for a bit? I may give the bag balm thing a try too. I've been using this stuf called Burts 'something or other'
jfmckenna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-04, 08:16 AM   #9
geneman
rider of small bicycles
 
geneman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Rochester, New York
Bikes: Cannondale
Posts: 1,686
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by N_C
Alright if you won't go to the doctor then at least change what you use to treat it. I don't know much about chamois butter but it sounds like it is not an anti-biotic. As soon as you can, tonight even, go to your nearest 24 hour pharmacy and buy a product called Bag Balm. I kid you not the stuff is great when it comes to saddle sores. Plus it has anti-biotic properties in it. It'll heal you up in no time, meaning the sore will go away. You can also use Bag Balm for more then just saddle sores, it'll treat the sores caused by athletes foot, abrasions, road rash, etc, which means you can use Bag Balm for open wounds that are on the surface of the skin or superficial. Oh and toss the chamois butter, it sounds like it's not worth a hill of beans.
It sure does work. it's just too bad it smells like ...



-mark
geneman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-04, 09:42 AM   #10
SipperPhoto
The Cycling Photographer
Thread Starter
 
SipperPhoto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Orange, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,403
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jfmckenna
I just got a saddle soar after last week end so I decided to stay off the bike for probably 5 days, it's been 3 now and it's getting a lot better. Mabey you need to stay off the bike for a bit? I may give the bag balm thing a try too. I've been using this stuf called Burts 'something or other'

is that like Burt's Bees ?

jeff
SipperPhoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-04, 11:11 AM   #11
Underwear Nazi
Anti-Panty Commando
 
Underwear Nazi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 257
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Drawing salve.

Drawing salve (a.k.a. black ointment) is available at any pharmacy. It brings a boil to a head and "draws" the infection out of it. Apparently you have a fairly deeply infected hair follicle.

When riding, keep using the Chamois Creme to reduce friction. You might also try putting a Dr. Scholl's corn pad or a bit of moleskin around the site to help keep the friction to a minimum.

If the drawing salve doesn't cure the problem, you may need to see a doctor to have the boil lanced. A doctor can also prescribe an appropriate antibiotic.

Underwear Nazi
And, oh yeah, if you have been wearing undies under your bike shorts, stop it now!
__________________
Nunquam ubi sub ubi!

Visit the Underwear Nazi Store and the Share the Road Store. All proceeds benefit BikeForums.net
Underwear Nazi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-04, 11:23 AM   #12
SipperPhoto
The Cycling Photographer
Thread Starter
 
SipperPhoto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Orange, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,403
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Underwear Nazi
Drawing salve.



Underwear Nazi
And, oh yeah, if you have been wearing undies under your bike shorts, stop it now!
How dare you say this ?!?!? I roll Commando in the underwear army !

I'll have to find some drawing salve... I did notice last night when I was looking at it, that it seems to be clearing up some... I haven't ridden in a week, gonna ride tonite. We'll see how it goes...

jeff
SipperPhoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-04, 11:56 AM   #13
Underwear Nazi
Anti-Panty Commando
 
Underwear Nazi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 257
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SipperPhoto
How dare you say this ?!?!? I roll Commando in the underwear army !

jeff

I just had to be sure, Jeff. I'm reassured that you are a good soldier.

UN
Don't get huffy...the attitude or the bicycle.
__________________
Nunquam ubi sub ubi!

Visit the Underwear Nazi Store and the Share the Road Store. All proceeds benefit BikeForums.net
Underwear Nazi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-04, 01:36 PM   #14
Guest
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Try sitting in a bath of epsom salts too. That helped me back when I was having saddle sore problems.

Koffee
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-04, 01:38 PM   #15
TriDevil
Spinmeister
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Tempe,AZ
Bikes: Scattante Carbon, Full Ultegra
Posts: 623
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I use chamois butt'r and occassionally get a saddle sore. Try putting some neosporin on it. Apply it after you ride after you have dried off from a shower, then again before you go to bed. That always seem to help me.
TriDevil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-04, 03:02 PM   #16
sm266
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Arkansas
Bikes: Giant OCR1/Specialized Epic
Posts: 607
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Okay guys, this is funny, but it works. I promise. An old wives tale says to duct tape a potato to it. Yes, a piece of raw potato. My mother told me to do this when I got one that wouldn't go away. One night of sleeping with a piece of potato taped to it, and it drew all the stuff to the top of the skin. A little clean up with some rubbing alcohol, and I was good as new. No time off the bike, and a much happier rear end. Try it.

Duct tape a potato to your @$$.
sm266 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-04, 07:09 PM   #17
jfmckenna
Tiocfáidh ár Lá
 
jfmckenna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: The edge of b#
Bikes: A whole bunch-a bikes.
Posts: 5,438
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SipperPhoto
is that like Burt's Bees ?

jeff
yes it is. To be honest I don't know if it has helpped or if just time alone has helped, probably a combo of the two. Tomorrow I will get on the bike anyway it will have been 4 days and I feel myself stiffining up from not riding...
jfmckenna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-04, 07:26 PM   #18
geneman
rider of small bicycles
 
geneman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Rochester, New York
Bikes: Cannondale
Posts: 1,686
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by sm266
Okay guys, this is funny, but it works. I promise. An old wives tale says to duct tape a potato to it. Yes, a piece of raw potato. My mother told me to do this when I got one that wouldn't go away. One night of sleeping with a piece of potato taped to it, and it drew all the stuff to the top of the skin. A little clean up with some rubbing alcohol, and I was good as new. No time off the bike, and a much happier rear end. Try it.

Duct tape a potato to your @$$.
Hmmm ... I would have to be awfully creative in trying to explain that one to the wife.

-mark
geneman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-04, 10:22 AM   #19
foehn
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: The Alta Loma area of Rancho Cucamonga. About 45 miles east of Los Angeles, California. Uphill, downhill and across hill riding; not too level!
Bikes:
Posts: 1,329
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by geneman
Hmmm ... I would have to be awfully creative in trying to explain that one to the wife.

-mark
Welll, maybe she'd like to do the duct taping of the potato to your a$$?
foehn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-04, 10:24 AM   #20
foehn
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: The Alta Loma area of Rancho Cucamonga. About 45 miles east of Los Angeles, California. Uphill, downhill and across hill riding; not too level!
Bikes:
Posts: 1,329
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by foehn
Welll, maybe she'd like to do the duct taping of the potato to your a$$?
and if you've been bad, very bad, she's like to take the duct tape off?
;-)
foehn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-04, 11:54 AM   #21
Toothpick
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Dallas, Texas
Bikes: Pegoretti Marcelo, Lemond Tourmalet
Posts: 179
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You gotta let us know if you try the potato thing. I guess if it helps the eyes after being burned..........(from looking at welding arc too long unprotected)
Toothpick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-04, 12:02 PM   #22
MichaelW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: England
Bikes:
Posts: 12,920
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Potato? I though the solution was a steak? A meal on your saddle mmmm.
I had an infected follicle that didnt respond well to more riding. I layed off the bike for a few weeks (and missed it), and the doc advised lancing the deep boil. Letting a doc mess around with your 'nads and a scalpel is really a matter of trust. I had to change saddle since the old one finds my weak spot.
MichaelW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-04, 12:35 PM   #23
SipperPhoto
The Cycling Photographer
Thread Starter
 
SipperPhoto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Orange, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,403
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well I rode last night 32 miles at about 18.1 mph... used the chamois butter pretty liberally (think pudding in my shorts) and today I don;t feel any irritation there.. I used Neosporin after I got out of the shower, and then right before I went to bed, with a good dose of Goldbond to keep things dry over night... so far so good... I may pick up some bag balm when I run to the store this weekend... see if that helps :-)

Thanks for all the repsonses... I'm not totally sold on the potato idea... but, hey, stranger things have been known to work !

jeff
SipperPhoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-04, 04:15 PM   #24
Impreza WRX
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Suspension, my friend, suspension...
Impreza WRX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-04, 05:20 PM   #25
SipperPhoto
The Cycling Photographer
Thread Starter
 
SipperPhoto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Orange, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,403
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Impreza WRX
Suspension, my friend, suspension...

suspension ? Huh ?

jeff
SipperPhoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:38 PM.