How to get rid of a saddle sore quick :-(
Jim – you are a walking disaster areas when it comes to bikes.
I’ve been a terrible mountain biker for 23 years, I’ve had a lot of time for new things to go wrong! This was quite a while ago when I still had quite a few spots and wasn’t living very healthily though, can’t see it happening these days.Posted 2 years ago
I know this has been done before but the search didn’t give anything useful and I’m desperate!Posted 2 years ago
I need to get rid of a saddle sore QUICK before a biking holiday!
I know about prevention (washing before and after rides, always wear clean shorts, proper bike fit, decent saddle, decent shorts etc). BUT I did 6 hrs tough riding on a new MTB with a different riding position (and stupidly didn’t realise that the saddle was slightly twisted to one side). The result is a saddle sore which feels like a large painful pea under the skin.
I’ve stayed off all bikes for 5 days but it hasn’t got much better and the holiday is looming. I asked a pharmacist and he said there is nothing I can do.
Anyone have any lotions or potions that worked for them?theotherjonvSubscriber
These are all sensible suggestions, and not what we wanted to hear. My remedy involves a bottle of vodka, a needle, and a camera to catch the look on your face when it goes.
Just as the night is darkest just before the dawn, the crescendo of building pain as you squeeze reaches a point just before it pops that can only be described as delicious.Posted 2 years agorobcolliverMember
The INSTANT solution – meaning you can go out and ride right now, is to take an angle grinder (leatherman, chisel,stanleyknife etc) to the saddle and scullop out a dip in the saddle so the lump can sit there undisturbed until it is ready to burst and run down your shorts.
And is a wonderful feeling too.
You may end up getting a new saddle at some point, but it will save your holiday.Posted 2 years agobobloMember
I sometimes get a small bump when I cycle multiple days. It came on a few years ago on a multi month tour after never having had them before. Apparently it’s an infected hair follicle (folliculitis). I use an antibiotic ointment applied frequently and it clears up in a few days. Catch it early and it doesn’t get to the pain stage. I’ve thought of getting it chopped out on return but the ointment has worked its magic by then and everything has cleared up so where to chop?
From the description, I’m assuming the OP’s is not friction related (I.e. rubbed raw) and hygiene/management is being properly applied.
I got my last tube of cream here but you should be able to get similar via the local quack.Posted 2 years agonemesisSubscriber
I squeeze them. Better out than in is my thinking but IANAD… Bepanthen is brilliant but I thought it was best on broken/damaged skin (eg rash) which I don’t think this is.
This suggests some treatments (going against my solution above, I note…) and a link to WebMD which is probably better qualified than most of us on here. By the sounds of it, hot compresses are the way to do it.Posted 2 years agokcrMember
I second the recommendation above about using Compeed as emergency protection, if you can’t clear it up in time. The advantage of Compeed is that it will stay in place while you are riding, which a conventional plaster in that location almost certainly won’t. I’ve used Compeed during a stage race and it didn’t budge during several days of hard racing.Posted 2 years agoSuggseyMember
You can get a small pot of drawing paste from the pharmacy to slap on it overnight and it will draw the infection/hair/whatever’s in there to the surface….my grandmother used to make her own…..sugar, was one of the ingredients but I can’t remember the hot poultice recipe.Posted 2 years ago
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