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Old 02-06-12, 11:43 PM
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I have a pretty gross question. I've been experiencing lately an ichiness in my ...behind... Im just wondering if it could be a function of the cycling shorts. I know they have anti-bacterial properties...but after enough uses do those properties break down?

I find when I take a break from cycling the ichiness goes away..when I start up again, it comes back. I have no problem picking up a new pair if that is the issue.

Has anyone experienced anything like this before? Or am I just off my rocker???

Just to add one more thing..I shower when I arrive at work, and shower when I return home as well.

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Old 02-07-12, 12:00 AM
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how often do you wash them?
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Old 02-07-12, 12:04 AM
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Lay off the hot sauce and beer....has helped me lol
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Originally Posted by macteacher View Post
I have a pretty gross question. I've been experiencing lately an ichiness in my ...behind... Im just wondering if it could be a function of the cycling shorts. I know they have anti-bacterial properties...but after enough uses do those properties break down?

I find when I take a break from cycling the ichiness goes away..when I start up again, it comes back. I have no problem picking up a new pair if that is the issue.

Has anyone experienced anything like this before? Or am I just off my rocker???

Just to add one more thing..I shower when I arrive at work, and shower when I return home as well.
Pinworms? Or your shorts need to be washed more often. Or maby you have a fabric allergy..
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Old 02-07-12, 12:29 AM
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Are you wearing the same pair home?
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Old 02-07-12, 12:52 AM
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i think preparation H on the whole seems to be a good remedy.
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Old 02-07-12, 12:55 AM
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could be a detergent allergy? since the shorts are form fitting.
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Switch to Ivory soap!

Apply thin coat of petroleum jelly to affected area after showering?

If this doesn't work, then eliminate petroleum jelly and apply baby powder instead, after showering.

If the baby powder doesn't work, then use medicated foot powder (like Desenex), instead.

Also, only shower at work during the week. Too much showering and too much soap use, can dry out your natural skin oils and eliminate helpful bacteria.

If after a week or so, you notice little or no change, consult a dermatologist.

PS.

Either wear boxers or no underwear at all. Nothing tight-fitting. Only take quick showers.

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It could be a Lycra allergy.
Make sure your shorts are clean.
Consider using a chamois cream while riding. I use it on any rides over 20 miles.
Air out the boys. Use powder if needed. I use witch hazel and then gold bond.
Go easy on the manscaping.
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Originally Posted by busted knuckles View Post
could be a detergent allergy? since the shorts are form fitting.
That would be my first guess also. You are not using any fabric softner are you?
How many shorts you using and how often are you washing them? After riding, are you taking them right off?
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Old 02-07-12, 09:11 AM
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When my kids were young and I didn't have 'rhoids I used the diaper rash creme and ointment we always had around. Now, I concentrate on clean skin, clean shorts and Preparation H!
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I wash them everyday. I do wear the same pair home. The thing is this never used to be a problem. Nothing has really changed though. Like I said, if I'm not biking, it's not a problem. I do take them off right away.
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My wife is nurse with 22 years experience. She says it could possibly be a hemorrhoid, irritation of the hair follicles or even pin worms. You should consult your family doctor.
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I havne't tried it, but I have a friend at work who uses 'Anti Monkey Butt' powder & swears by it.
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I havne't tried it, but I have a friend at work who uses 'Anti Monkey Butt' powder & swears by it.
It is good stuff! No joke.
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I wear the same pair of shorts on my way to work and on the ride back and wash them every two days. It doesn't seem to effect me in any negative way and the shorts I usually wear have to be at least two years old.
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Originally Posted by macteacher View Post
ichiness in my ...behind...

I find when I take a break from cycling the ichiness goes away..when I start up again, it comes back.

Has anyone experienced anything like this before?
I 100% know what this is, as I had it as well. It's called Chaffing. I know 100% because you say it goes away when you take a break. Want to confirm that I'm 100% right? Put some hydrocortisone cream (1%) on the itchy skin (NOT in the rectum), and if it goes away, it was chaffed skin.

Good luck!
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Originally Posted by macteacher View Post
I wash them everyday. I do wear the same pair home. The thing is this never used to be a problem. Nothing has really changed though. Like I said, if I'm not biking, it's not a problem. I do take them off right away.
I don't know what's changed to make this a recent problem, but wearing the same pair home isn't helping. Try getting a second pair and wearing a fresh pair home.
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' might want to try hypoallergenic soap, fabric detergent/softener. These things, combined with sweat, can cause real havoc to some.
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My wife is nurse with 22 years experience. She says it could possibly be a hemorrhoid, irritation of the hair follicles or even pin worms. You should consult your family doctor.
Try wearing non-lycra shorts on a ride where you experience the "discomfort". This could help you decide if it's some type of allergy. I would think an allergy would cause discomfort where the shorts touch the skin.

If your "discomfort" is just ummm, between your cheeks, then it may well be a medical problem.

Consult your doctor with your findings.
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Old 02-07-12, 02:25 PM
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Great advice above, also wanted to recommend the Anti Monkey Butt stuff, I use it on bicycle or long motorcycle rides.
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Do what I do. Apply baby powder to the butt and the berries, before you go cycling. i had chaffing issues for a year, and tried all sort of creams and salves. The secret is not to get moist where you're chaffing. Behold the power of baby powder!!!!
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Originally Posted by sirtirithon View Post
Lay off the hot sauce and beer....has helped me lol
Well, some ice cream can help with that problem. Seriously though, cleanliness is of the upmost importance. You do not want this itch to develop into an abscess. Do your research and solve your problem.
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Dude! Man UP!
Wear the shorts for a week...when they get crusty they'll scratch the itch!!

Sorry, couldn't resist! Odds are if it started recently it's detergent or fabric related!! Powders, cremes, etc. all help. Just keep looking and DON'T PICK YOUR BUTT IN PUBLIC! That's loss of major man points!
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Originally Posted by bergerandfries View Post
I 100% know what this is, as I had it as well. It's called Chaffing. I know 100% because you say it goes away when you take a break. Want to confirm that I'm 100% right? Put some hydrocortisone cream (1%) on the itchy skin (NOT in the rectum), and if it goes away, it was chaffed skin.

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I don't know what's changed to make this a recent problem, but wearing the same pair home isn't helping. Try getting a second pair and wearing a fresh pair home.
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