What are Saddle Sores?
A Pesky, yet Preventable Skin Irritation
Have you ever spent a long period of time on a bicycle and find your derriere getting sore? In fact, it gets so sore that you can’t even stand it. It’s almost like a nagging rash that just won’t go away. These are called saddle sores and they’re extremely common if you’re an avid bicyclist or into equestrian sports. In fact, the term “saddles sores” derives from extensive horse riding, yet it’s also applicable for bicyclists as the bicycle seat is oftentimes referred to as a saddle.
A common skin ailment, saddle sores can start off as a skin abrasion. If not treated, it can develop into Folliculitis, which is a painful and nasty inflammation of one or more hair follicles (think of something akin to ingrown hairs) and then, and this is the worst, an abscess. As saddles sores start out as a skin abrasion at first, it’s best to nip it in the bud before it progresses to these other stages.
Some Solutions to Help Prevent Saddle Sores
If you’re an avid bicyclist, you’ll want to adjust your saddle height, so that you can avoid any types of swinging or bobbing motions while you ride. It can also be caused by the position of the saddle itself, so you’ll want to experiment with altering the angle of the saddle to prevent this from happening.
You also want to make sure that you have the right saddle. Sometimes what looks like a great saddle may have an adverse effect and not be the right fit. Make sure you check out several saddles before you begin any kind of serious riding, and pick one that’s a good fit. Picking the wrong kind of seat can have a disastrous result in the end.
While you want to keep the saddle in mind, you also want to make sure that you have the proper clothing. Make sure you get a good pair of cycling shorts with chamois padding, which will help comfort you and help prevent any kinds of abrasions, especially if you’re on a long, hard ride. Think of it this way, if you don’t have the right kind of clothing, and the saddle sores continue to worsen, you’ll wind up having to get them drained by a doctor down the road.
Creams and Other Preventive Measures
You want to make sure that these pesky irritations don’t progress into something worse, so it’s best to take precautions. Should you fall victim to saddle sores, you should give Docs All Natural Saddle Sore Ointment a try. Not only does it help in the treatment of saddle sores, but it also helps alleviate the pain of chaffing as well as skin breakdown. It also works well with Docs All Natural Chamois Cream; both creams can help not only prevent but soothe the onset of saddle sores.
There’s no doubt that saddle sores can be a real nuisance, so be sure to take extra care if you’re about to embark on bicycling for the first time, or even if you’re a highly experienced rider. Saddle sores can most definitely ruin a fun time on the road and that little bit of prevention will go a long way.