Protecting Your Inner Thighs
K i searched the forums and haven't found any real discussion on it, so, what do y'all do to protect your inner thigh from rash or fungus (ringworm). I got some last year, got super duper ointment for it, settled. this season, i went out for ONE FRICKIN RIDE and came back with the same marking that indicated the rash was going to form again. Do any of you put gauze or any other form of padding on the inner thigh to prevent this? Or maybe even wear (shock!) underwear?
Never experienced it. Maybe your saddle is too wide at that contact point?
I tend to get sore skin where the sit bones make contact with the saddle.
If I had to guess, I would say you're probably getting some abrasion from your shorts that's causing what my mother used to call "heat rash". Try using some chamois butter or vaseline on your legs before you ride next time and see if that will help prevent it.
This happened to me on a recent bike vacation in Florida.
Cool temperature combined with very high humidity caused friction between my legs.
The apparent problem was thick padding of the shorts.
The solution was different shorts with light padding and cream. I have also used non padded shorts with good results on 100 mile/day rides.
Last resort: There is a super cream out there for this purpose. "Duo Derm for saddle sores". I have been told that RAAM bikers use that to make it across the country.
One ride isn't going to give you a fungal dermatitis, it was either already there or you are misinterpreting skin irritation from the shorts. There is a reason bike shorts don't have seams between the legs. You need to lube up with some sort of cream that doesn't have water listed in the first three ingredients. Chamois butter, Udder cream, Bag balm and plain vaseline are examples. They are sticky and gooey but they work.
Stuff that doesn't is any skin cream that has water listed in the first three ingredients. Water evaporates too fast and you already have enough water from sweat. Bike shorts should never be used two times successively without washing between uses.
Originally Posted by sch
didn't think it was the fungal, but it was the same exact abrasion from last season. thinner pad, or some vaseline type stuff, interesting, have to try it.