Pain in private areas is rarely talked about, but trying to ignore saddle sores can have damaging consequences.
Symptoms of saddle soreness range from bruises to blisters to boils, and all need to be treated. They’re caused through skin abrasions and irritation to skin follicles, and exacerbated by the hot, sweaty conditions inside your cycling shorts, where bacteria can thrive.
One danger is that with intention to relieve the pain, a rider adopts a different riding position, leaning to the left or right to lift pain off the sore.
But beware: If you continue to cycle, compensating for something like a saddle sore and placing excess pressure on another part of the body that it isn’t used to it could lead to a muscular imbalance and injury.
What can you do?
- Get out of dirty cycling shorts as soon as you complete your ride and change into something else. Wash your kit as soon as possible.
- Clean, dry and apply antiseptic cream to a saddle sore as soon as you notice it.
- Take a break and don’t cycle for a few days to give the sore a chance to settle.