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Old 07-19-09, 02:47 PM   #1
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Embarrassing inconvenience

I have been logging 150-200 miles per week for the past 1 year and since doing so, I have been fighting with painful boils in my perineal/saddle area. Sitting in hot bath water and doing warm soaks about 3 times a day helps, but I'm looking for a way to keep from getting these carbuncles in the first place. I use the Chamois butter and wear clean riding pants every single time that I ride....so does any one else suffer from this condition? If so....any suggestions or remedies? Apparently this is a subject that one would be too embarrassed to discuss, but I've got to think that I am not the only person suffering from this condition!?
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Old 07-19-09, 03:05 PM   #2
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Welcome to Bike Forums. Fortunatly I've not ran into that issue my self, but well aware it's a common issue with some riders. While forums and info gathering may work, have to suggest having a someone trained in the medical profession to get the best info. A search found one similiar issue out of some of the DC area groups presented by a PhD.... http://www.bikepptc.org/node/1186

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Old 07-19-09, 03:39 PM   #3
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1. Does your bike fit?
2. Is your saddle made for those long rides?
3. Vary your riding position on the saddle throughout the ride, which will change the pressure points.
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Old 07-19-09, 04:06 PM   #4
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Here are a few tips that seem to work for many folks ... including me ...

To prevent these symptoms from occurring:

Anti-Monkey Butt ... this is not a joke and is a great product with a funny name.

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Anti Monkey Butt Powder is specially formulated to absorb excess sweat and reduce frictional skin irritation. It is Ideal for butt busting activities such as truck driving, motorcycling, bicycling, horse back riding, and extreme sports. May also be applied inside footwear, under sports pads, and other areas prone to chafing


To help cure your current painful situation:

Hibiclens ... this a a antimicrobial, antiseptic skin cleanser.

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HIBICLENS® the antimicrobial, antiseptic skin cleanser can be part of an effective defense for preventing the spread of MRSA. Its active ingredient works in a unique way — it kills germs on contact and bonds to the skin to keep killing microorganisms up to 6 hours after washing
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Old 07-19-09, 04:37 PM   #5
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Thanks!

Thank you for your supportive words. I did see a physician last year with my first episode and was adivised to do the soaks and was also given an antibiotic. May need to see him agian to see if there is something that can be taken as a preventitive.
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Old 07-19-09, 05:24 PM   #6
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This is a frequent subject of discussion on this forum. Use the search function and keyword "sores" and you'll get a bunch of threads on this subject.
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Thank you for your supportive words. I did see a physician last year with my first episode and was advised to do the soaks and was also given an antibiotic. May need to see him again to see if there is something that can be taken as a preventative.
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HIBICLENS is available over the counter at your local drugstore.
Its active ingredient works in a unique way — it kills germs on contact and bonds to the skin to keep killing microorganisms up to 6 hours after washing.

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Old 07-19-09, 07:22 PM   #8
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I wouldn't necessarily see a normal physician. If there is a sports medicine clinic near you, they might have better advice. We have one here, and the docs and physiotherapists there are great.
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