Question: After many years of riding and racing it finally happened — I got a saddle sore. It’s a small boil-like bump/sore at the crease where my leg meets my butt. How should I treat it? — Steve O.
Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Welcome to the club, Steve! Here are some methods of attack:
Treat it like a pimple. That’s basically what it is. Some riders have success with a topical antibiotic medicine like Emgel (erythromycin), which is available by prescription. Talk to your physician. You could also try an over-the-counter acne product containing 10% benzoyl peroxide.
Keep it dry and avoid irritation. Skin eruptions love warm, moist places and the location of your sore is a prime example. Wear boxer shorts instead of tightie whities. The leg band of briefs cuts across the junction of your glutes and hamstrings right where you’re hurting and will irritate the sore. Sleep without anything on from the waist down.
Take a hot sitz bath. This may bring the boil to a head. It’s never worked for me but some riders find it effective. As soon as you’re done in the tub, dry off, cool off, apply the medication and put on non-binding briefs.
It’s best not to ride until the boil is gone. But if you have to, install a different saddle to alter the pressure on your anatomy. Make sure the rear portion is wide enough to support your sit bones or you may trade one sore for another.