Anthony Marchand Bicycle Repair And Maintenance information And Tips
Sore in the Saddle
Anthony Marchand bicycle repair and maintenance information and tips
Saddle sores are truly a "pain in the butt." Prevention is the main approach but we'll also talk about diagnosis and treatment. This might be one of the more important articles you read.
Causes: This is still debated, not just among cyclists, but also in the medical community. The general consensus seems to be though that saddle sores happen when friction irritates hair follicles, allowing them to become infected by bacteria.1 Skin ulceration or abrasion can also provide a site for infection.
Diagnosis: Saddle sores are localized infection that often begin as a small "pimple," reddish area of irritation, or skin ulceration.2 Since they are infections and may develop into a "boil" (pus filled area under the skin) or even systemic infection, they should not be taken lightly and should be treated promptly (see below).