Last weekend in Kentucky I developed a saddle sore in probably about the worst place a man can develop a saddle sore… Let’s just keep it simple and PG with, there was absolutely no way I could avoid sitting on it. Still, I muscled through the two days and 158 miles.
I rode 30 miles when we got back on Monday, and on the tandem where you can’t sit up to adjust… It got worse.
I rode 38 miles on Tuesday with the club. We averaged 21-1/2 mph. I was in severe pain. It was getting worse. I asked a friend of mine who rides on Tuesday and who also happens to be a doctor, what I could do for the worst imaginable saddle sore. It was bad enough that if it got any worse, I was going to have to take time off the bike and likely in the hospital for the infection.
He recommended and anti-fungal and a hydrocortisone cream, but to mix them.
I don’t like mixing drugs or even creams for that matter so I applied the antifungal (Lotrimin ULTRA) in the morning (once a day per instructions) and then the hydrocortisone cream (Cortisone 10) later in the day, and twice more as the day progressed (again, per instructions). By the time of the first application there were all kinds of problems happening down there. Blood, looked like some puss, loose, broken skin… I was actually scared.
I rode on Wednesday on the Tandem. Thursday 20 miles on my Venge, Friday 30-some miles on the tandem, Saturday 73 miles and some change, and 40 miles on Sunday…
Both items are available in the US over the counter. I am not a doctor and don’t know anything about those two creams or whether they can even be mixed in the first place, I just did what a doctor friend of mine suggested and it worked like a charm. I recommend everyone who reads this check with their own doctor to make sure it’s safe before you try it. With your doctor’s approval, go to it. I’ve never had a saddle sore heal up so well and so fast without missing a day or two to stay off it. Though I’ve written glowingly about Aquaphor but the Lotrimin/Hydrocortisone creams are next-level awesome.