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    I Have a Painful Saddle Sore

    I've been riding a lot lately in this humid Kansas heat, and yesterday I noticed a painful hot spot, right in the crack where my leg meets my groin. It's still pretty small, but it feels like it could turn into a boil.

    I've been rubbing the area lightly with rubbing alcohol a few times a day, and trying to keep it dry and ventilated as much as possible. I was thinking about putting a hot pad on it to try to bring it to a head quicker, but I'm not sure if it's the right thing to do.

    Do you more experienced riders have any sage advice for me?

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Pretty hard to avoid such in high humidity and temperature. A cream containing a small amount of hydrocortisone (a medical steroid - not to be confused with weight-lifters, etc) - available at drug-stores - or a more powerful one (doctor needs to write a prescription) can be applied to the surface area 3 - 4 times/day.

    Wear loose-fitting clothes down there so the area gets lots of air moving through. Never mind the heat-pads. It'll do whatever it will do when it does it. I had these in hot & sticky weather before. Add the corticosteroid cream - you'll be amazed at how fast you achieve relief. Just don't use that stuff willy-nilly. Reserve it for things like this.
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    Wash it well in the shower, and then apply zinc oxide cream.

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    have abotu the same issue. Thought it was a bug bite at first.
    I ignored it and it went away. Just take a day or two off and you should be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Wash it well in the shower, and then apply zinc oxide cream.
    I use Boudreaux's baby butt paste for saddle sores, it's a diaper rash cream which does contain zinc oxide, and works pretty good.

    I've also used Lubriderm for friction burn spots and that worked suprisingly well.
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    If it's fluid-bearing and sebaceous in nature, it's no friction-burn. It's under the skin and likely to form a pustule and slough open. Hydrocortisone is what my physician prescribed - and it worked extremely well. 5% cream at any drug-store. Over-the-counter.
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    All kinds of good ideas. Thanks everyone. I just got some of the hydrocortisone to try for starters. It hasn't gotten any worse since yesterday, so that's a good thing. I didn't know zinc oxide was helpful for this sort of thing. Thought it was just for blocking UV rays. Never heard of the Boudreaux's cream. Been a long time since I had babies around. LOL
    Nachoman, is that Anti Monkey Butt real, or a figment of your imagination?

    Thanks again everybody. I owe you.

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