I know it's an old favourite but this time it's not "a friend".
I have just returned from the doctors with no dignity and a prescription.
So in the short term I am kneeling up more than I'm used to and staring at my new bike while not been able to ride it.
I've had minor problems before but never anything this bad, mostly because I did the Merida which isn't a regular ride length.
My GP actually cycles so offered some advice. Baby wipes immediately after long rides and a fresh change of underwear. Plucking hairs out of infected follicles. She advised against cleaning scrubs as they strip all the "good bacteria" off your skin so if you get an infection it was more likely to be worse. She also recommended against creams as staying dry was the best prevention so this puts mean off things like the chamois cremes.
With the last point in mind are there any less sweaty bib shorts about? I can't afford assos or rapha and I'll need 3 or 4 pairs so let's try and keep them below £50.
Is it worth ditching the baggies for more ventilation and just going with the lycra, especially on longer rides?
Anyway, advice appreciated, mocking expected :oops:.Posted 8 years ago
I have been plagued with boils on the arse recently.
So far I have tried many things and have just got my second one in a fortnight – not in the same place so not the same one. I am not getting any chaffing at all – never have done.
Non of this had made a difference 🙁
careful attention to hygiene – shower before and after each ride. clean clothes for each ride.
using hibiscrub – bactericidal scrub ( GPs recommendation)
Pure cotton underwear – lets more air circulate
Padded lycra cycling shorts – made it worse in some ways – retained sweat more
Expensive saddle sbg thingy
Cheap gel saddle
long course of oxytetracycline – stopped them appearing while I was on it – stopped taking them and it reappears
Flucloxacillin – clears up immediate attacks but does not prevent reoccurance
Half a dozen GP visits, full range of blood tests – now I have exhausted all options the either I or the gp can think of and all the usual courses of action prescribed by dermatologists. I don't want to take oxytetracycline continuously. I have a floating / repeat script for Flucloxacillin to take any time one appears but that is no long term solution.
GP and the literature on skins decry the use of routine creams – blocks pores and makes infection more likely but effective if you get chaffing which I do not. I ain't hairy and I ain't sweaty.
any other ideas? Its a pain in the arsePosted 8 years ago0091paddyMember
You're a cyclist, and unfortunately all cyclists get spots and sores down there, with the odd saddle sore thrown in for good measure.
Firstly, if you find prefer baggies, stick with them. But wearing lycra shorts with a decent chamois will certainly help in the long term.
Use chamois creme, Assos is possibly the best – about £9 a pot, but well worth it. After you've returned from a long ride, and you've showered and what not, you could always apply some more chamois creme directly to the skin, I do this from time to time, and again it helps.
Look at your current saddle(s), do they have stitching or detailing on the area where you sit, if so then these stitches can cause a sore arse as well.
Finally, avoid standing around in your shorts after a ride, easy mistake but get out of them as soon as you can, otherwise nappy rash can result.
Was going to mention the hygiene issue, never wear dirty shorts, I'm sure you don't though.
CiaoPosted 8 years ago
TJ I think I share a lot in common with your symptoms. It's fairly recent unusual before now and moving around
I've got flucloxicillin as an immediate cure. I agree about the lycra, on hot days I do get sweaty. I wear baggies for fashion reasons with lycra underneath (only on my mtb not on the road!). I'm going to try a chamois creme and just lycra on the longer rides.
I always wear clean shorts but I only wash them at 30 with standard powder. I think I'm going to up it to 60. I may kill my shorts but also the bacteria.
The one thing I don't do is shower the morning of a ride as there's little point if I'm covered in mud a few hours later. Might start doing that see if it help.
I'm worried about excess cleaning as the bacteria that causes the problem is staphalococcus aureus (sp?), naturally on your skin anyway and acts as a competitive inhibitor for all the more nasty bacteria that could be there.Posted 8 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
I've found that my Assos shorts, after a couple of years use, now make me "sore" every time I use them. Yes, they're clean (sometimes at 60 degrees), so they just need to be relegated to the bin.
I've currently using Giordana Tenax, which has a comfortable non-bulky pad (unlike the Assos), and don't seem to give me a sore bum.
For me, cleanlines is they key factor – both for my clothes and my self. And the abovce advice about not hanging around in shorts after a ride is really important.Posted 8 years agomtbfixSubscriber
Assos creme is a great help IMO. I also use Northwave 39/25 (circa £60) shorts which use pads that are designed for a slightly more upright riding position typically found on an MTB as opposed to the Assos kit intended for racing positions. And get out of those bike shorts as soon as you get off the bike and into some dry boxers.Posted 8 years agoScotlandTheScaredSubscriber
Jon – Will you be out on Thursday? Was this just an excuse to show your backside you the doctor? Can we post this detail on the front page of midaircrisis?
In all seriousness though, I find decent lycra shorts (you pay for what you get IMHO) and PLENTY of chamois cream help on longer rides. I used to find the problem was worse on my full suss, but I have no idea why! When I kept the same saddle and used it on my hardtail it was less of a problem.
Get well soon – see you Thursday (or Saturday for Ian Bs birthday)…
Stew.Posted 8 years ago
Scienceofficer – Member
Change in Skin fauna TJ?
Presumably. My GP said not tho. I have noticed a change in sweat smell sometimes.
You are of course, aware of what heavy duty courses of anti-biotics do to your microbial skin communities?
I am aware it will have an effect but not sure what that effect will be.
Tried natural yoghurt poultice?
Really? Do I get my girlfriend to apply it?
The thing I find odd is I don't get any noticeable skin chaffing – so I don't understand how the bugs get into the skin as there are no breaks in the skin. I understand its normal skin bugs causing this.Posted 8 years ago
enfit – basically thats right. Its normal skin bugs that normally live on the skin surface. When you get boils tho they have got into the layers of the skin and multiplied out of control – so the antibiotics will kill the bugs in the skin that are causing the boil. Antibiotics will have no effect on bugs on the surfacePosted 8 years agoMrsMugsyMember
My friend has come back just at the same place where it was a couple of month ago.
I thought I'd go to the doctor straight away and she gave me an antibiotic cream. didn't do anything. she said that it works only if the skin is broken which it was at the beginning but healed pretty quickly and now I'm left with a hard lump which won't go down. it gets inflamed after a long ride but otherwise it's just there.
she also gave me a referal to a surgeon and said if it doesn't go away i'll have to get it carved out. ouch!
it looks like that's what's going to happen.
🙁Posted 8 years ago
TJ have you tried acne cream? Antibiotics seem a bit overkill, why flood your body with antibiotics when acne cream does the same job of killing the bugs causing the boils?
I had a boil the size of a small pea forming, 1 week of Quinoderm twice daily got rid of it completely. Skin was never broken, red or inflamed but the Quinoderm did the job.Posted 8 years ago
Isn't that what happens if you don't treat it soon enough.
The flucloxicillin is a beta lactam based molecule (simillar to penicillin) which stops the bacteria producing cell walls (they are gram negative so I think they technically have walls as well as membranes?). The reason you need it is because the bacteria are somewhere they are not supposed to be. These are the same bacteria (ish) that are resonsible for MRSA. It's a narrow spectrum antibiotic so the wider implications are less than more general antibiotics.
I had no issues with abrasion. I felt perfectly comfortable in the sadle it was only later on in the night I could feel a throbbing pain.
Stewart, I won't be out on Thursday, I may think about Sunday but I'll still be on antibiotics so I'll see if things have "cleared up". If the infection get's worse it can be very unpleasant. There was a post on here a year or so back where some guy had a huge amount of infected skin removed and was off the bike for months. I'll miss one ride to avoid that!Posted 8 years ago
enfit – acne cream will have virtually no effect on bugs that are underneath unbroken skin. I guess yours healed spontaneously. A boil is a rather more serious infection than yours by the sound of it. There are several similar and related but different types of these infections.Posted 8 years agocarlphillipsMember
frequent recurring boils can be a sign of 'PVL' ,have you been swabbed for this? worth a try, its very prevalent and here in plymski we even have our own strain!!!
it very commonly presents with boils in otherwise healthy young/middle-aged people particularly gym goers.Posted 8 years agoscruffMember
I think I have a recurring sebaceous cyst on my right Larse. A 1 hour ride can make it come up, but sometimes an all dayer wont bring it out. Once its up it takes weeks to go down, I generally use Assos before & Sudocream after. I’ve bought new shorts and keep as clean as possible, even shower before a ride, seems to be working. To get rid last time I used Hydrocortisone and it got rid of it in about a week, it thins the skin so don’t spread it all over your bo11ocks. Seems to be keeping it at bay but its still there when I touch myself.Posted 8 years ago
I've been through all this. I rode La Marmotte this year in basic shorts on a basic saddle. It was v.hot and sweaty (especially on the Telegraphe!) and I stepped off after 9 & 1/2 hrs ride time with no trouser trouble. My recipe for success…
1) Cleanliness – keep yourself scrupulously clean in all areas. Don't make me spell it out!Posted 8 years ago
2) Arse acclimatisation – I'd done lots of 'darkside' hours in the saddle
3) Take your shorts off straight after riding
4) Wash your shorts after every ride
5) If you do get the onset of problems wash yourself then clean any sore bits with salt water. This can be quite uncomfortable but works. I use an old flannel to gently exfoliate the skin.
9) Wear cotton undies. Or none.
10)Chamois cream on the pad works well. I only bother for 4hrs + rides
11)Sudocreme is waterproof so it will reduce chafing but will hold any dirt due to it's tackiness and be difficult to wash off thoroughly. Avoid, IME.
11) Ana avoid riding fixed gear bikes, all that sitting down in one position is asking for trouble! Chafemungous.
Enfht – these are far deeper than a surface pimple and larger than you describe. Its not quite the same thing as acne – similar but not the same. I asked two different GPs about using acne cream and they both said waste of time. However I might give it a try – I've tried everything else I and my GP have thought of.
It is quite possible but not certain that these things can clear spontaneously – like pimples / teenage spots do.
There are a variety of very similar things being discussed here which does not help any confusion
A pimple is smaller and more superficial than a boil and a carbuncle is deeper and more serious again. Then you can also get sebaceous cysts and get them infected
anyway – seeing as no-one has said it yet
"this thread is useless without pics"Posted 8 years agoKevaMember
For those advertising Quinoderm to clear up a boil beware :
Quinoderm cream contains two active ingredients, benzoyl peroxide and potassium hydroxyquinoline sulphate.
I used this once and had an allergic reaction to the benzoyl peroxide. Not a pleasant experience at all. The boil remained where it was. Total waste of time an effort for me.
I have been through everything suggested on this thread time and time again but still suffer one of these at least once a year – usually in the summer. They are caused by heat and sweat. Same as you TJ… no chaffing, comfy saddles, no broken skin. I'm lead to believe it is certain skin types which are more affected than others. I've had three courses of anti biotics this since the end of June and my little buddy is only just deciding to take a break. Believe me, I do everything one can possibly do to prevent the onset of the odd boil but one fecker always shows up at some point. Spending seven days a week on a bike saddle probably doesn't help though… but hey, walking takes too long.
KevPosted 8 years ago
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