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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 2:12 am 
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For a while now after I go for a ride my scrotum skin is insanely red and sore for a few days. It is becoming a problem as my training is very limited.

I have tried almost every chamois cream on the market and a few others like Udder Cream and some vaseline type products. Nothing seems to work, the only thing i can come up with is that my legs are very skinny requiring x-small bibs and there's just not enough room in them for the rest of me.

Todays ride i used DZ Pro cream and applied a good layer to the normal problem spot and it did absolutely nothing. Current bibs are ProBikeKit branded Sportful with the basic chamois but this has been the case with all bibs.

Has anyone else experienced this and have any insight as to what to do? I am 5'10'' 135lbs and more legs than torso so bib shopping isn't easy, i always feel like there's too much chamois...


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 4:39 am 
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Things to check:
Saddle too high ?
Switch saddles to something different ?
Use only plain vaseline for chamois lube; no ingredients that may cause irritation.
Wash crotch with an antibiotic "acne scrub" type soap, and rinse throughly.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 6:44 am 
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Allergic to the cream? Did you try without?


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:29 am 
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as alluded to above could this be an allergic reaction or even skin infection coming from the bib? is it something felt after the ride of is there a friction during the ride? i think i'd be looking into a skin issue rather than a mechanical/friction issue as i've stuffed myself into too small gear (i used to be fattish) and never suffered a hint of irritation. also cream has a wonderful effect if any irritation is experienced (the stuff is very effective is what i am saying). i think we are dealing with some sort of dermatitis here. perhaps the heat of the training reignites the skin condition? best of luck dealing with it. losing out on riding time to something like that must be a drag.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 6:54 pm 
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Since you've tried that many chamois creams, it's not likely to be the creams. They are generally formulated with hypoallergenic considerations in mind.

I'd think about the laundry detergent and/or fabric softener you are using, for starters.

Second, you haven't said where you're riding, but you could have a case of heat dermatitis. These come on for no apparent reason and don't like to cure themselves. You may need a short steroid therapy to make it go away.

Third, it sounds like you don't have a good fit to your bibs. This isn't too likely, since you've tried different bibs, but you may be pulling at scrotal hair. Try shaving and see if it does any good. Long shot, but it could minimize a variety of potential issues.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:31 pm 
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I'm in San Francisco, weather has been pretty cool. This has been going on for years now, i have tried a few different shorts but i feel that once i try a chamois cream with a pair of shorts it never really all washes away so i don't know if it's allergy related.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:37 am 
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Do you shave down there? :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:00 pm 
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Do you dry your bibs in the dryer and use dryer sheets?
The chemicals in dryer sheets messed up my crotch.
We had to stop using them and air dry my bibs.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:27 pm 
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I do not shave there, just buzz with #1 spacer

I air dry my bibs, they have slipped though and have been dried with a drier sheet but it's been a while.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:58 am 
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This thread needs to become a sticky.

(Sorry, there's no nice way to say that.)


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 3:52 am 
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As has been stated, sounds as if you have something which requires additional treatment to cure. Could need a steroid cream or similar, but I would HIGHLY recommend a trip to the doc. If you guess wrong, and go with the wrong type of medication, you could exacerbate the problem. Best to hit it and hit it hard... the sooner the better.

Been there. I feel your pain.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 9:05 am 
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I would see a doctor. Also ask for an allergy test. And don't ride your bike for a week or two so it has time to heal.


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Also consider the possibility of simple "jock itch", for which there are numerous creams and powders at any pharmacy. That's a fungal infection that can take some time to cure and will recur if you don't get it cured completely and/or don't get your shorts washed thoroughly.


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Deleted. There's no need for this.


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quote deleted; inappropriate

So funny, how old are you?


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