If you’re a cyclist and you’ve ever had to deal with friction burn you know exactly how painful this condition can be. It can drive you completely out of a competition, and even if you’re on a recreational ride it can quickly turn a great time into a miserable experience. By knowing what causes this condition and how to treat it, you can get off the sidelines and back on your bicycle that much faster.
How it Happens
There are several reasons why friction burn can take place. Here are some of the more common ones:
- Your skin repeatedly rubs against your bike shorts.
- An abrasion becomes a boil after being infected by bacteria.
- You stay in the same position on your bicycle seat for too long.
- Your shorts ride up and bunch toward the crotch area.
- You wear wet clothing for too long.
You’ll know fairly quickly if you have been victimized by a dreaded friction burn. For example, you’ll see an inflamed skin abrasion on your inner thigh, groin area or on your buttock. You may also see a lesion that looks like a small crater or a blemish that appears to be a pimple.
One of the best things you can do to gain quick relief from friction burn is by simply resting. However, if you need to get back on your bike as fast as possible, try our 2Toms® SportShield®, which can help ease any discomfort you may be experiencing.
Medi-Dyne carries a wide range of products that are designed to not just treat injuries suffered due to physical activity, but also to help you prevent them from occurring in the first place. Check out our e-store or call us at 1-800-810-1740 to learn more.