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Bicycle Anti Chafing, Stop the Stinging

Most competitive cyclists always have a bicycle anti chafing cream in their medical kits. Chafing is a skin irritation caused by repeated rubbing.  Chafing usually occurs around the groin, underarms, and nipples, but it can occur anywhere. Chafing occurs during long rides and cyclists are prone to this discomfort especially when they have been riding on their saddle for long hours.

Moisture, either from sweat or rain, can worsen chafing. The most common symptom of chafing is a painful stinging or burning sensation on the skin of the affected area. This discomfort can affect a cyclist’s optimum performance, not only during training that covers many miles required to get in shape leading to an extreme event, but most importantly on race day itself. Cyclists more commonly suffer from saddle sores, also called “monkey butt” by some bikers, aside from blisters, sunburn, and other rashes on some other parts of their skin.

Cyclists wear cycling shorts that are made of or blended with Lycra or spandex material to wick away moisture from the skin and minimize saddle sores. However, the fabric is still in contact and rubs onto the skin. To further prevent possible irritation, cyclists apply lubricating cream on the area of the skin where chafing occurs. A number of athletes use petroleum jelly and some use some over the counter anti-chafing lubricating wax.

There are a growing number of cyclists, though, who have discovered an unconventional topical cream which they found to work amazingly. Udder balm was originally used to moisturize a dairy cow’s udder, but was discovered to work on people’s skin just as well. This unconventional cream is steadily gaining popularity among many competitive cyclists as an effective bicycle anti chafing prevention and treatment.

Check with Dr. Naylor’s Udder Balm for more information.

Runners Chafing

A runner’s chafing, just like an injury, may be the ultimate roadblock for runners. As summer is setting in, chafing can become a problem for some runners, as sweating increases the rub of clothing against skin. Chafing is a skin irritation caused by any activity that makes skin to repeatedly rub against another area of skin or article of clothing.

The most common symptom of chafing is a painful stinging or burning sensation in the affected area or areas. Moisture, either from sweat or rain, can aggravate chafing. It usually occurs around the groin, inner thighs, underarms, nipples, and around the bra line (for women) but it can also occur anywhere. Anybody can experience chafing. However, chafing is a particular problem in overweight people and in athletes.

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. There are some things you can do to prevent chafing from occurring, especially before a long run. Wear clothing that serves as a barrier between layers of skin, like athletic tights or cycling shorts. Though loose clothing may feel more relaxing on hot days, shorts and shirts that fit incorrectly can cause painful friction. Avoid clothing made of coarse materials. Clothing made of cotton absorbs sweat, once it gets wet it stays wet. Runners should choose clothing that fits snugly and is made of synthetic material like Lycra or Spandex that wick moisture away.

Drinking plenty of water before, during, and after a jog or run will. It is recommended that runners stay hydrated to keep sweat flowing freely, rather than drying into gritty salt crystals that can make chafing worse. To help soak up excess sweat, Colombia University’s Health Services recommend sprinkling talcum powder, cornstarch, or potato starch on chafe-prone body parts.

Apply some A+D ointment on chafed skin. The chafed areas should clear up in about a day. Be sure to cover up affected areas with BodyGlide, or Vaseline before heading out for a run. Many seasoned runners also swear by the efficacy of udder balm in preventive lubrication and treatment of runners’ chafing.