Join Date: May 2003
Location: Mountain Brook. AL
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You need to distinguish between an actual infection and raw skin. Sounds a bit more like the latter, which is a whole lot easier to deal with.
Recurrent infections (boils) usually drain pus and require drainage (cutting open) and perhaps, though not always antibiotics. They also
tend to occur in other places on occasion. Raw skin, abraded away by the friction between saddle/shorts/skin suggests you need a different
saddle, better shorts and some lubrication til this is sorted out. On a 12-24 hour ride periodic changing into dry shorts is a good idea, bag balm
is a good lube (basically it is petroleum jelly with a bit of menthol and something else innocuous and odorous thrown in-minimal antibacterial
capacity, but good lube). Tribiotic ointment is petroleum jelly contaminated with several topical antibiotics, one of which (neomycin) is a skin
sensitizer and can cause a poison ivy like rash if used too long. Polysporin is a better choice, but petroleum jelly works just as well for lube
purpose and is a lot cheaper. Raw skin will heal in a week or so, assuming you didn't rub through the dermis and expose fat, hard to do
unless you are highly pain tolerant, but that is the definition of a 24hr racer isn't it? Infections are a whole nother topic, especially in view
of the CA-MRSA floating around the past 6-8yrs.