For many, traveling is like an escape from their normal monotonous life and is like meditation. It relaxes you, inspires you, gives you peace of mind, and most importantly discovers a new you. The kind of experiences and memories that we make on this journey is just unforgettable. It’s just like a tranquilizer for you, provided don’t have to gulp it down. Experiences sometimes crystallize into key memories that we can dig into, and extract a handful of happiness from. As many times as we wish.
Often, we end up meeting different people from different races, cities, states, or even countries. But one thing unites us is the love for traveling. Traveling would be no fun if we stick to our comfort zone. Yes, we have to break that barrier and try things we haven’t done before.
Though sometimes shit happens and your beautiful journey on the bike can turn sore. It is when you feel the burn in your thighs or butt. Luckily, there are ways to prevent and treat it.
Why The Burn Down there After Riding?
Inner thighs and the genital area are prone to chafing as they rub against each other or clothes during any physical activities like running, walking, gyming, etc. Including riding on a bike for long hours as the process involves continuous contact of inner thighs or genital area with the seat. Chafing may cause the skin to become thin, itchy, and discolored. And it is characterized by redness and itchy blisters.
The other reason being Usually, our groin and its proximity are comparatively more contaminated with micro-organisms. As these are the regions where there tends to be moisture build-up due to sweat, no exposure to sunlight for the area to remain dry. And since our orifices are nearby the area is always ready with pathogens. Adding to this the continuous rubbing of thighs can make fungal infections the commonest issue you can face.
How To Prevent Chafing or Bruises?
Let us have a look at how to keep say the bruises at bay.
1. Padded Shorts
Since your bottom is the main point that makes the main contact and withstands most of the pressure. Thus investing in padded shorts is worth it. As it will minimize the impact on your bottom eliminating the majority on weight on it claiming to be a lifesaver.
2. Remove The Kit/Pants
After a mega ride, you tend to relax or probably want to eat a heck of a lot of food. But if you really want to limit the chances of getting itchy genital or bruises on your thighs. It is recommended to remove your biking clothes and jump into the shower. This will eliminate the infection-causing bacteria or fungus.
3. Hair Removal
Whether it’s waxing shaving or some other method. Perhaps avoid a more intimate hair cut around your genital or bottom region. Hair removal will lead to regrowth of hair and in a place that takes a lot of pressure and friction, it could mean ingrown hair and possibly cause an infection. Though it might sound a bit crude but hair in that region actually help with the transport and evaporation of sweat away from the skin.
You may be used to wear underwear from day to day, but the cycling shots are designed to worn directly against your skin. So when it comes to riding leave the underwear in your bag. Wearing your underwear under shots will only lead to discomfort.
5. Anti-bacterial Creams
Using anti-bacterial creams like chamois creams or etc will aid in eliminating the bacterial that bread down there. The viscosity of such creams eliminates the frictions preventing any bruising.
6. Anti-bacterial Powder
Using powder their soaks all the sweat and in turn, eliminates bacteria that bread in such dampened conditions.
7. Wash Riding Clothes
Make sure that you clean your shorts and avoid wearing unwashed shots multiple times for the same bacterial reason. Equally, make sure that they get s fully rinsed out at the end of the wash cycles because clothes detergent can be a slight irritant.
8. Avoid Wearing Wet Shots
The moist proximity down there always provides an optimum environment for the bacteria to bread. Thus leading to infections making you uncomfortable.
How To Treat Bruising Down There?
Carrying the following natural ingredients in your medi-kit will serve as a lifesaver in difficult times.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
How To Use It?
- Take a glass of lukewarm water.
- Add to it two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
- Mix them well.
- Wash the infected area with it.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda dries the affected area thus limiting the reproduction of the fungus.
How To Use It?
- Make a paste of 2tbs of baking soda and a few drops of water.
- Apply the paste to the infected area.
- Leave it for 20min, before washing.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has a wide range of benefits and has just become the panacea for so many things. The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of aloe vera make it a wonder ingredient.
How To Use It
- Extract the pulp of aloe vera leaf.
- Now apply this gel-like substance on the infected areas.
- Allow it to dry for 10-15mins and then wash it.
- It is recommended to do a small patch test before applying it to the whole area.
- Make sure you completely dry the infected area after washing it.
I think everyone should take out some time from their lives and just traveled to different places. You’ll see the difference you’d be filled with positivity and energy.
But make sure you always keep the following prevention in the back of your mind to keep your journey comfortable and undisturbed.