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Saddle sores? What did you do for treatment?

Old 12-13-20, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by whitemax View Post
Thanks, Ill check the hibiclens out. Nope, my saddle is at the perfect height, spot on.
Very good article, recommended for anyone dealing with this problem. Just ordered the hibiclens from Amazon. Thanks again!!!
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Old 12-13-20, 07:08 PM
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I'd be wary of overuse of antibiotic cleansers and ointments and antifungals, unless there's a medically diagnosed need for those.

For example, it's difficult for the layperson to tell the difference between psoriasis and ringworm. The former can be soothed with topical ointments but not cured -- the cure is often in changes in diet, medications, etc. For example, if I take NSAIDs for more than a day or two at a time, I develop psoriasis in the webs between my fingers and sometimes around the scalp. Like clockwork for years, possibly a complication from a pesky autoimmune disorder. So I take NSAIDs only occasionally for actual inflammation, but not for pain. NSAIDs aren't useful analgesics in the absence of inflammation. But ringworm can be treated with antifungals and steroid creams.

The skin's natural flora is generally capable of protecting itself, in a healthy body. There are exceptions but be careful and be sure you really need those products.

This is the stuff I use for occasional boils from ingrown hairs or chafing. No antifungals or antibiotics. Works fine. Sometimes takes a few days so I switch from riding to walking or jogging to give the affected area time to heal.

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Old 12-13-20, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by whitemax View Post
Very good article, recommended for anyone dealing with this problem. Just ordered the hibiclens from Amazon. Thanks again!!!
Yes, Hibiclens is good stuff. I have a huge bottle of it . . .another Amazonian, lifetime supply . ..

Also shower with a dandruff shampoo. I use Selsun Blue, green label, doesn't smell particularly. When dry, put a hydrocolloid dressing on it, nothing under it, this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000PQ735Y/ Cut it to size to suit. It'll stay in place nicely, but I probably wouldn't ride on it. I've done that, but didn't think it the best idea - but you can experiment. This type of dressing sort of sucks the nasty out of the wound. This is really wound care. And BTW this type of dressing is the best thing evah for road rash. You just leave in place.
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Old 12-13-20, 09:18 PM
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Old 12-13-20, 09:59 PM
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What I use now is Band-Aid HYDRO SEAL heal blister bandaids. They have medication already and they will conform really well. I typically take a few days off and leave the bandage on, through showers too, and when I peel it off the sore is usually gone or 90%
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Old 12-14-20, 12:14 AM
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Not even in jest....
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Old 12-14-20, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by whitemax View Post
Thanks for the tips!
You're welcome!
I rode the last several days and I am happy to say that the nodule that has plagued me for most of 2020 has reduced in size.

I am glad I thought of using Turmeric root. I can't say for sure what it does but I believe it has some antimicrobial and antioxidant properties to it. When I used the organic apple cider vinegar I really did leave it on as long as I could stand to the point that I could feel a tingling sensation or burn. I feel like this activated the sebaceous ducts to slowly unclog themselves of waxy exudate (not really pus). It was weird but when I started doing these treatments the openings of the sebaceous ducts now became visible and slightly inflamed with visible exudate that was not there before. It was then that the actual nodule became less painful and started to become stronger. Just wanted to share some observations and express great relief that normal riding is now resuming (too bad outdoor temps are in the 30's now).
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Old 12-14-20, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by stanion View Post
All my problems went away when I changed my cleaning regime: after biking, I shower thoroughly (which was never sufficient), and scrub my bottom with my fingernails (this was the trick).
This is the key to solving all sore-related ailments. Quoted for truth. Make sure to grow your nails nice and long, too.
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Old 12-14-20, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP View Post
This is the key to solving all sore-related ailments. Quoted for truth. Make sure to grow your nails nice and long, too.
Would it further help to file them to points? Asking for a friend.
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Old 12-14-20, 03:44 PM
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I wasn't joking about the nails. My manicured nails nicely lift the hairs out of the skin, after they were smashed into the skin from hours of biking, thus preventing in-grown hairs. At least that's what I think is happening.
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Old 12-15-20, 10:46 AM
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Put hemorrhoid cream on it.

Also, how old is your saddle? I've noticed saddle sores are a clear sign I need to replace my saddle.
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Old 12-15-20, 08:22 PM
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Draining salve. I once had an extremely hard saddle sore that was pretty deep, and I put some Smile's Prid on it multiple times a day. Took about ten days for it to finally come to the surface and rupture. That was the worst one I've ever had.

One or two others haven't been as deep and some salve brought them out within two to three days. Fortunately it's a rare occurrence at this point.
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Old 12-16-20, 04:13 PM
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Ive been plagued with a soft area in the perineum area for a while now about the size of a large grape marked by some hard spots inside. Yeah, I know all about proper saddle and bibs, position on the bike and chamois cream. Ive gotten it to go down but never completely away. Those that have dealt with it, what did you try to get rid of it...some kind of cream, minor surgery to cut it out? Its flared up on me yet again probably due to more time on the trainer with the advent of colder weather. Thanks!
Treatment is usually Neosporin several times a day until it heals. If it is bad do not ride until it goes away. It is usually caused by 1. 2nd rate shorts without a good pad. (You can get CHEAP and very high quality shorts from the Chinese on Ebay or Aliexpress (2021 Coolmax 5D Padded Cycling Shorts Shockproof MTB Bicycle Shorts Road Bike Shorts Ropa Ciclismo Tights For Man Women|Cycling Shorts| - AliExpress) 2. If the saddle rubs against the inside of your thighs the shorts may not make any difference This is why they have such narrow saddles. Try something like Prologo Kappa Space PAS Bicycle Saddle 270x147 STN Rails 304g Road/MTB Black | eBay At one time you couldn't convince me to ride a cutaway saddle, not you couldn't take it away.
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Old 01-05-21, 11:17 AM
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Thank you for the mention of Hibiclens. I got my bottle from Amazon yesterday. After one use of the product my saddle sore was much smaller and less painful this morning.
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Old 01-05-21, 11:29 AM
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…...what in the world?

Now that I've read all of this, I'll probably get it at some point now.
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Old 01-05-21, 11:34 AM
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Not an answer for the OP. but something that has improved my comfort down there a lot - trimming all the hairs that could possibly get trapped between me and the seat with the finest setting on a beard trimmer. Easy, fast and a huge improvement on comfort, both while riding and after. I'm 67 yo. Those hairs are a lot longer than they were 40 years ago. After doing this for a couple of years I can say I see no drawbacks other than a different look. Actually more comfortable all the time though I rarely think about it. I won't go the next step to a razor. That just seems like a formula for ingrown and cut issues and a requirement to get obsessive.
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Old 01-10-21, 04:20 PM
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Get out of your bibs as soon as you can! I change immediately after riding. Use a towel as a toga swap out those shorts. Since I learned that trick I haven't had one.
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Old 01-10-21, 04:43 PM
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This: https://www.hylands.com/products/prid-drawing-salve
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Old 01-10-21, 06:42 PM
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For y'all who want pics, you can Google Dr Pimple Popper and find lots of YouTube videos. She mashes and cuts out all sorts of gross stuff.
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Old 01-12-21, 10:04 PM
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My coach told me I needed a saddle that was more flat between the sit bones.
I was also told to experiment moving the saddle nose further upwards in order to tilt the pelvis backwards.
So...
I purchased a digital level so that I could make known accurate incremental adjustments.
I tried (purchased) several flat saddles.

Ive found my perfect saddle and currently no undercarriage issues.

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Old 01-14-21, 10:53 AM
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I was also told to experiment moving the saddle nose further upwards in order to tilt the pelvis backwards.Barry
I would be very careful with that. For example, I think that few people can ride a road bike with a "nose up" position of the saddle. In fact, if the bike also has a big "saddle to handlebar drop", even a level position of the saddle might prove difficult. That's due to possible high pressure over perineum, which is not desirable. Especially during longer rides...
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Old 01-14-21, 09:03 PM
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I would be very careful with that. For example, I think that few people can ride a road bike with a "nose up" position of the saddle.
You are correct. Poor choice of words on my part.

My undercarriage was suffering and Id been tilting the nose further down. My coach pointed out that a position closer to saddle zero tilt would cause my pelvis to tilt backwards.
It worked great.

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