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Ive got a zit on my sit bone area.

Its so painful that I had to cut my MTB ride short last night because sitting on the seat hurt like a mofo. Im traveling to a great riding location this weekend and really want to be able to get a ride in.

Is there a trick to make riding on this more bearable? Chamoix cream?

I will post a pic later :eek:
 

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Ive got a zit on my sit bone area.

Its so painful that I had to cut my MTB ride short last night because sitting on the seat hurt like a mofo. Im traveling to a great riding location this weekend and really want to be able to get a ride in.

Is there a trick to make riding on this more bearable? Chamoix cream?

I will post a pic later :eek:
Sounds like a small focus of inflammation - an abcess. If so, I would drain it (pop the zit), put some antibiotic cream on and cover it with a bandage. Chamois cream is a preventative and is unlikely to help at this point.
 

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You might try one of those moleskins that is like a doughnut, that surrounds the zit and spreads the pressure to the surrounding skin. Sitting in a hot bath might make it drain on its own, which would hurt less than popping it- you might have to pop it anyway. A little neosporin with a topical pain reliever might help as well. Keep it clean, and please, no pictures.
 

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I don't really want to know how big of a problem that we are talking about here, but acne creams (proactiv) have worked for me in the past. I also use an acne soap on certain *areas* when I shower. It does scare me to use something with the word "acid" in it when washing down there, but it does seem to help prevent the problem.

Good Luck!
 

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Take 91% isopropyl alcohol and get some of those cosmetic pads(big pads work better) that you buy in the beauty section at your local department store.

Clean the site 4 times a day using the alcohol and pads, don't let the alcohol in contact with the anus or you'll be experiencing a major hurt.. You run the risk of a saddle sore if you pop it and hope it will go away. More than likely you have a little staph infection, the alcohol will dry and cleans the site. Also wear boxer shorts to the let this area dry out.

Always wear clean bike shorts. Put cream(30% white petroleum) directly on the site using the cosmetic pads before you put your cycling shorts on.
 

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If the infection just isn't drying up or localized enough to deal with directly, I've had good success using Calamine lotion. I take it straight from the shelf, don't shake it, and pour off a few tablespoons worth of water. Then shake it. The lotion will be pretty thick, which will let you apply it and have it set more like clay than hand lotion. I've found it's really good at reducing inflammation and drawing/drying infection instead of letting it sit around in a larger area of your soft tissues.

Try it before you go to bed, so it has the most time to work.
 

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Cleared it up by slathering tons of OTC zit meds all over it.

Was speaking to a friend while on a ride last weekend about it and, while zits are diff than saddle sores, he said that Bactroban (a prescription polysporin) works wonders for him.

Thanks all for the advice - lots of good info there.

It's not something that many talk about, or think about (until it happens), but man, when you've got something nasty going on down there it can take you right off the bike until its cleaned up.
 
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