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    Preventing and curing crotch rash?

    How do you prevent and cure the crotch rash (in between both legs at top of leg) that comes from really hot, sweaty biking?

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    Cycling shorts
    Do not wear underwear while wearing these
    Baby powder

    Also: after hot/sweaty rides I make sure I shower quickly and apply a bit of aloe lotion to my inner legs, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicycletothesun View Post
    Cycling shorts
    Do not wear underwear while wearing these
    Baby powder

    Also: after hot/sweaty rides I make sure I shower quickly and apply a bit of aloe lotion to my inner legs, etc.
    Just want to add that it's also a good idea to take your bike shorts off as soon as the bike ride is over. Carry a beach towel with you, it makes a great "changing room".
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    I use any of the medicated powders (like Gold Bond...but I use the Target branded one...) instead of baby powder.

    I shower as soon as I'm done, dry off well, then apply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicycletothesun View Post
    cycling shorts...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
    Just want to add that it's also a good idea to take your bike shorts off as soon as the bike ride is over. Carry a beach towel with you, it makes a great "changing room".
    I think this is the most important thing. Whenever I have the monkey butt, it's because I was sitting around in a sweaty chamois. If I have a bad case, I'll wash with antimicrobial/antifungal soap (Hibiclens) and apply some jock itch cream.
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    The above, plus always wash your crotch with a dandruff shampoo. Every time you shower, not just after a ride. Tegrin works for me. Bag Balm during the ride probably helps, too.

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    you apply the baby powder before the ride?
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    Cycling shorts (the spandex ones) usually do the trick, by themselves. You can also apply chamois cream or Body Glide to your 'problem areas' before the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zan View Post
    you apply the baby powder before the ride?
    Personally, I don't. Powders are to absorb moisture but while riding, I get so sweaty that any powder would be overwhelmed and just turn into a goo. Better to use a chamois cream or Bag Balm for anti-chafing during the ride.

    After the ride, I'll put a little Gold Bond into my briefs and down my shirt.
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    clean cycling shorts

    tons of chamois cream

    shower directly after riding, don't sit around for a few hours
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    HI,
    For me slight seat adjustment can really change the pressure points, for me its mostly excessive pressure on one spot.
    Angle of the seat, fore and aft, excessive seat height can lock you in one positon making it hard to move around for me when I mash my butt is getting a break due to my legs are supporting more of the weight than the butt/, I bought a Fisk seat and it is pretty flat oddly enough it seemed to help by spreading the pressure across more of the undercarriage.
    Talk to other riders in your group who follow you down the road, you may be sitting off and not even know it.
    Doug
    Most of the butt butters have a mild antiseptic property, and they really get slippery when wet.
    Powder if not medicated can grow bacteria if starch.
    And some redness can be a yeast infection (comes from that Tube hole in the Undercarriage.)that will not easily resolve without a little of that fungal creams or sprays.

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    Bash the rash

    Guys,

    Thanks for all the good advice. I forgot to check back on this right away. I always have worn cycling shorts, but have started to make sure they come off quickly (hadn't thought of that), and always shower after a ride. I bought some chamois cream at Performance as well, which I think has helped. In this 95+ humid weather here in MA and So. NH now, I'm still battling it a bit, but it's under control. I do have one pressure point as well where it develops, so the seat height and angle may be a factor. I like my seat pretty high, which makes technical descents tricky, so I may try lowering seat a bit too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dstockwell View Post
    Guys,

    Thanks for all the good advice. I forgot to check back on this right away. I always have worn cycling shorts, but have started to make sure they come off quickly (hadn't thought of that), and always shower after a ride.
    Getting cycling shorts off quickly is important. Because they are actually NOT good at preventing sweat rash - in fact they're bad at it. The padding adds to comfort but it is made out synthetic fibres, and a regular mesh of synthetic fibre only needs human sweat adding to become one of the best possible growth mediums for bacteria - this is why older or cheaper synthetic wicking T's can smell like a hobo after a single day's wear. (New ones are treated with sliver to reduce bacterial growth.)

    Merino wool, otoh, absorbs the oils from sweat and uses them to repair its water resistant coating. So the bacteria that cause BO and sweat rash starve - because those oils are what they feed on. So merino boxers are ideal for commuting if you can get them, and merino/lycra shorts could be worth finding if you have a rash problem and just changing out of your shorts at the end of a ride doesn't cure it.

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