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Old 07-24-09, 02:12 PM   #1
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Male specific help needed.

Alright boys. I'm new to Bike Forums and need a little help. I've been a multi-sport guy for quite some time now but after my early season race was over this year I wanted to do some more bike racing (the last time I raced before this year was with down-tube shifters on my ride). Anyway, since my last tri race I've been hitting the road pretty hard. Racing every weekend and taking only 1-2 days off per week. I've started to develop a small issue in the perineum area - a lump about the size of a raisin well under the skin. It has been quite persistent and doesn't seem to be going away. It started during tri-season, but has gotten worse now that I'm only on my road bike. It varies in sensitivity - some days I don't notice it and some days I do. Since my physician isn't a cyclist I've heasitated going in fearing the only advice will be to stay off the bike. Has anyone hear experienced this? Advice?

Oh - I've considered sadle and fit issues. My position is such where I am mostly on the sit bones and I just switched from a fizik saddle to a Selle Italia SLR Fibra. Otherwise, all systems (cough, cough) are go
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Old 07-24-09, 02:53 PM   #2
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Go see the doctor. Find a cycling doctor if you're not happy with the current one, but go anyway. I wouldnt mess around with lumps. Could it have been more irritated after the saddle change?
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Old 07-24-09, 03:27 PM   #3
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Too soon to tell if it is in response to the new saddle - only had it for a week. It could have been as a result of going from the saddle on my tri bike to the saddle on my road bike. I'm hoping the new saddle will help some.
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Sounds like an ingrown hair forming a cyst. See a doctor.
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Sounds like an ingrown hair forming a cyst. See a doctor.
Could also be a sebaceous cyst. These sometimes become infected. Having one near a pressure point (i.e. ischial bone or where nose of the seat contacts the perineal area) would definitely cause pain. A general surgeon or a urologist would be qualified to remove the cyst.
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Had those, saw doctors, they said surgery would cause more of a mess than just leaving it alone. It's from a pressure point, in more medical terms a local skin trauma. Need a different saddle. Then it goes away. May or may not be infected.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebaceous_cyst

Since I started washing my crotch with dandruff shampoo every shower, I've had no more of them, so I'm guessing bacteria are involved.
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Thanks Fellas. I adjusted my saddle and now have a little less pressure. Put in 180 this weekend and everything seems to be going fine. Lump seems to be dissipating.
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