If at one point in your riding adventures you get saddle sore or chamois rash, perhaps you wouldn’t set an appointment with your doctor right away. You would most probably try some home remedies first. But what are the products that work? Here is a list of saddle sore treatment that’s easily accessible in your home.
1. Hot Compress (tub or bath).
Hot compress has been used to treat acne, make pimples drain and dry out. Some cyclists use acne treatment with hot compress to help dry out the sore. Since it’s quite tricky to apply hot compress on your bottom, it’s a good idea to sit on a hot bath tub to help drain the sore. After it drains, it is best to apply an antiseptic or wound cover.
2. Talcum Powder.
This is commonly known as “talc.” It’s a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate in a powdery form. Because of its remarkable resistance to heat, it’s used in many industries such as electrical switchboards. With its ability to shrink or constrict body tissues, it’s a great saddle sore treatment. You just have to be careful not to inhale talc as it can lead to respiratory problems.
3. Baby Powder.
Most baby powders contain some variation of these ingredients: arrowroot powder (a tuber containing around 23% starch), corn starch (used for many generations to prevent or heal skin irritations like diaper rash, as starch has the ability to absorb moisture and wetness), zinc oxide (deodorizing and antibacterial), calendula extract (helps in healing wounds), and other ingredients. Just gently rub in some baby powder on your saddle sore after washing it with warm water and antibacterial soap and drying it.
These ointments are commonly used in preventing the infection of minor wounds.
This is a skin creme that was initially formulated to help soothe sunburns. It’s also referred to as “no-eczema.” After a while, it became a popular skin cleanser. It also works just fine as a saddle sore treatment as it contains ingredients that kill bacteria or fungi. It also has anti-inflammatory and pain reliever properties.
This ointment is marketed as a product that helps shrink the swelling of hemorrhoids. But some cyclist found it to be an effective saddle sore treatment as it can shrink soft tissues.
This is often considered as a feminine care product, but many cyclist, both male and female, use this. Some use this product to prevent saddle sore and some use it to cure it. Its ingredients include benzocaine (an anesthetic and pain reliever), resorcinol (an antiseptic and disinfectant).
Some cyclist use this oil or a stick comparable to lip balm. Its medical properties include antiviral, antiseptic, anti-fungal, and antibacterial.
9. Anti Monkey Butt.
This is a powdery substance with calamine (a combination of iron oxide and zinc oxide). It has a little of anti-aging agent, astringent and antiseptic properties.
This is a thin, transparent wound covering which some cyclists found helpful for treating saddle sores.
It may take you some experimentation to find out which technique or product work best for you.
Note: The ones that are powdery are used more for chamois rash than for sores. Some cyclists found powders to be helpful in preventing saddle sores, while some do not have the same positive experience. See a doctor if your saddle sore or rash condition does not improve.
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