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  1. #1
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    saddle sores or somethin' else? (WARNING: yucky)

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    Hi Ladies,

    I've been riding a road bike, casually, for about 2 years now. Hit the road for 15-30 mile cruises on the weekends and about once a week just a neighborhood / city tour of a few miles.

    OK, here's the question:

    Do saddle sores look like zits? I've got about 7 or 8 such beauties right on the skin directly over my sit bones. On either side, they're all concentrated within a space about the size of a quarter. Most are on the left side. I also have 2 smaller ones on the right which are a little farther forward on the *ahem* "lip". They're fairly firm, don't itch, but if you touch 'em they hurt.

    I've got an appt. to see my doc this afternoon because the irritation is quite a nuisance and I suspect there may be some kind of bacterial/yeast folliculitis going on that may require something stronger than my treatment thus far which has been "keep it clean & dab on some neosporin with a q-tip". Some actually went away after about 4 days or so, but some are pretty nasty.

    ETA: Oh, I forgot to mention something...

    This was DUMB, I know. These all showed up about in the space of about 2-5 days after I did something DUMB. I wore some unpadded shorts for a brief spin around the city on a Sunday afternoon. Afterwards, I when I came home, I accidentally fell asleep on the couch and woke up several hours later, still in shorts, having had no shower. So yeah, I am probably paying the price for letting sweat, dirt, germies, etc. hang out right in my craw all night. (Dumb, dumb, dumb. Probably would've been safer to fall asleep in the shower!)
    Last edited by cathleen; 06-14-2006 at 07:21 AM.
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    Do you shave the area where you see these "zits"?

    I know I can't shave certain areas down there... because I will get a horrible irritation.

    Otherwise, I coudln't really tell you what is going on.

    Uuumm... do you wear biking shorts? Do you wear underware under your biking shorts? Do you use body glide on these parts (before the irritation?).
    "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather, to skid in broadside thoroughly used-up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: WOW WHAT A RIDE!!!!"

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    Yes I shave, and, since I've hit the beach a few times, I probably have been a little overzealous with it.

    Also, yes, I normally go underwear-less & have padded shorts. Though I don't powder or lube, I usually have no problems.

    This one time, I wore some unpadded shorts. (Figured, "hey, it's a short ride.")

    But now, I am all broken out and am thinking that between shaving, different shorts, and falling asleep in my bike clothes, I have just got one painful mess going on.

    PS: I plan to throw those shorts away.
    "A day without coffee is like... sucky."

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    Yes, saddle sores do look like zits. At least that is how they start out. It can also be irritation from shaving. Either way, you might want to consider using lube in your shorts.
    Just keep pedaling.

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    um, dumb question:

    do ya put the lube on your girly bits, or on the shorts chamois?
    "A day without coffee is like... sucky."

    http://cathleen1977.blogspot.com

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    You can lube both....
    Just keep pedaling.

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    I would almost bet that you have ingrown hairs from shaving and riding.

    When I get an ingrown hair down below, it turns into this nasty bump and a zit. It's really gross looking.

    I have had to stop shaving in between my legs... if that makes any sense. Sure, it's not *sexy*... but I couldn't deal with the backlash of irritation when I rode.

    One night the irritation was so bad, I couldn't wear panties to bed.

    Let us know what the Doc says though.

    OH! And you put the body glide on your skin. I always put some on between my legs... up near the private parts... before I ride... even if it's only going to be 20 miles.
    "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather, to skid in broadside thoroughly used-up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: WOW WHAT A RIDE!!!!"

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    I learn so much here! "lube"?? Vaseline? I will search the archives.

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    Lube: Chamois Butter, Assos Chamois Creme, Butt Butter, something made for cycling. The creme is meant to be placed directly on the chamois to avoid friction but I also use it in the ceases of my legs if doing long rides.
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    Shaving encourages ingrown hairs... if you must shave or wax... use some kind of loofah or scrub that stops the hair from turning in...

    You'll find a lot of the gals here either don't shave or decide to "trim" (my choice)... if you're interested do a search, there is quite a bit of discussion as to people's various descisions...

    Another trick I use is aftershave, after showers and def after a ride. It sometimes stings a little, but its worth it...


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    Quote Originally Posted by KSH
    I would almost bet that you have ingrown hairs from shaving and riding.

    Let us know what the Doc says though.
    Well, I just got back from the doc's office.

    She noted that there was quite a bit of irritation and thinks folliculitis, and prescribed an oral antibiotic (Keflex) for 7 days to clear that up.

    She also decided to run a herpes swab, just to be safe, she said. (I supposed it's possible, but really unlikely. Nonetheless, just that word freaks me out!)

    I suppose that lumps and bumps down there for us ladies could be ALL kinds of weird and wacky things, so I guess I can't expect a primary care doc to be a specialist in "saddle sores".

    Guess I'll take my anitbiotics and wait & see.

    I hate the fact that I tend to worry and freak about pretty much everything.
    "A day without coffee is like... sucky."

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathleen
    Well, I just got back from the doc's office.

    She noted that there was quite a bit of irritation and thinks folliculitis, and prescribed an oral antibiotic (Keflex) for 7 days to clear that up.

    She also decided to run a herpes swab, just to be safe, she said. (I supposed it's possible, but really unlikely. Nonetheless, just that word freaks me out!)

    I suppose that lumps and bumps down there for us ladies could be ALL kinds of weird and wacky things, so I guess I can't expect a primary care doc to be a specialist in "saddle sores".

    Guess I'll take my anitbiotics and wait & see.

    I hate the fact that I tend to worry and freak about pretty much everything.
    I bet it's something very minor that will be cleared up with the medication she prescribed.

    Did she tell you not to shave that area? And did she say if riding was a good idea or not?
    "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather, to skid in broadside thoroughly used-up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: WOW WHAT A RIDE!!!!"

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    She didn't say anything about changing my shaving regimen.

    (From now on, I'll probably just use some clean scissors to trim, instead of shave these particular spots. My BF doesn't seem to notice or give a hoot anyway.)

    As for riding, she said to wait for redness and irritation to go down before getting back on. AND, she said to be sure to wear good shorts, etc.

    In the meantime, care & treatment is keep clean & dry and use some neosporin for any raw spots.
    Last edited by cathleen; 06-14-2006 at 02:42 PM.
    "A day without coffee is like... sucky."

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    My first long ride (17 miles) I rode while wearing padded shorts but ended up with bumps in my private areas anyway. Like yours they didn't itch but were painful to the touch. I went to the Dr and she said it was irritated hair follicles. She recommended I lube before a ride and that I get a bag of peas or corn and put it in that area to help with the swelling. Hope that helps.

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    a bag of peas or corn? Did she mean frozen veggies, to cool the area down? I guess that would explain it.

    My first thought was an old Yom Kippur joke about 3 guys who get caught nibbling chicken wings in the back of the synagogue towards the end of the fast day. The rabbi says that for atonement they have to put dried peas in their shoes for a week. Well, after a week they meet up and two of them can barely walk, but the third is just fine. The two who are limping ask if he didn't do as the rabbi told him ... didn't he put dried peas in his shoes? Third guy replies, "Sure I did, but the rabbi didn't say I couldn't cook them first."
    Half-marathon over. Sabbatical year over. It's back to "sacking shirt and oat cakes" as they say here.

 

 

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