Saddle Sores: How To Treat And Prevent Them

Saddle Sores: How To Treat And Prevent Them

For the majority of cyclists, you'll receive a saddle sore at some point.

Even if you're riding with the most comfortable equipment, your body is consistently exposed to heat, chafing, pressure, and moisture.

Fortunately, when saddle sores happen, there are a few ways to treat saddle sores while preventing future pain.

Read more to learn how to fix saddle sores so you can continue cycling as usual.

How Do Saddle Sores Occur?

Most saddle sores occur due to your seating position. The first way to prevent this is to make sure you have the right saddle position and height. If your seat is too high, chances are your saddle won't work correctly. Go to a bike shop to find the right seat position and height.

Unless you're in racing position, you need to be seated towards the back of the saddle. The rear is the widest part of the seat and is designed to support your weight.

If you find yourself sitting in front of your saddle, something is off with your positioning. This setting might be based on your flexibility and your bike set up.

Antibacterial Creams

No matter what you call them, antibacterial creams are made to reduce the chaffing between your shorts and skin.

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Antibacterial creams are proven to prevent skin irritations and other properties that help reduce your sweat acidity.

You should use anti-friction creams during muddy, hot, and wet conditions.

Place the cream directly on the location where your body is on the saddle and put your shorts on.

Doing this speeds up the time, it takes for your body to recover from a saddle sore.

Saddle Sore Treatment

Here are a few tips to follow if you want to treat your saddle sores:

  • Remove your cycling clothes: Once you are done cycling, change into some loose fitting clothing.
  • Remain dry: You want the maximum airflow in your glutes to help dry out the infected areas.
  • Remain clean: The best thing to do is keep your saddle sore clean. Wash it out daily with wet wipes and with warm soapy water.
  • Take a Break: You'll want rest for a few days to allow your body to recover. The more severe the saddle sore, the more days you'll need for your body to rest fully.

Wear Bike Shorts

Bike shorts are an important piece of equipment to wear when cycling.

They distribute the pressure between your skin and the saddle over a larger radius.

With the reduced pressure, you drastically reduce saddle sores from happening.

Bike shorts are made out of lightweight fabrics. These fabrics help by keeping your dry and evaporating sweat.

Higher end padded shorts tend to use perforated padding to remain dry.

Woman wearing bike shorts

The Verdict

Don't be afraid once you get your first saddle sore. There are a myriad of ways and techniques to stop this from becoming a regular thing.

Practice riding properly, wear padded shorts and use antibacterial cream to help your skin recover from these sores. Ultimately, following these safety tips will ensure that you'll have a very good time while out cycling.

This post was last updated on September 21st, 2018 at 02:09 pm

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