Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Bikes: True North tourer (www.truenorthcycles.com), 2004; Miyata 1000, 1985
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I developed my first saddle sore last summer on day 3 of a week-long trip. I stopped riding almost immediately, and for a day and a half, rested, kept the area clean, and applied diaper ointment containing zinc oxide. After that, I was good as rain. I continued using the diaper ointment for another couple of days.
Obviously the most effective treatment for saddle sores is prevention; but if you succumb, it's important to deal with the irritation as soon as possible, and not hope that the sores will magically vanish on their own.