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Offline jnj

A and D Ointment
« on: May 23, 2008, 05:31:27 pm »
Has anyone had any experience using A and D Ointment (normally sold for diaper rash) instead of chamois cream? It is much less expensive.

Offline whittierider

A and D Ointment
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2008, 09:40:24 pm »
I put petroleum jelly directly into the shorts and A&D Ointment on my skin.  For maximum effectiveness, the amount you should have in the shorts is a lot more than you probably think; and since the ointment is a lot more expensive and smelly than the petroleum jelly, it makes sense to just put the petroleum jelly in the shorts and the ointment on your skin.  This method is very effective for avoiding saddle sores.  Simple petroleum jelly cuts the friction way down and also makes it very difficult for the bacteria to live and multiply, but it will take a few rides to get enough of it worked into the pad unless you melt it and pour it in as a liquid.  Gasp, yes, I'm saying that if you use petroleum jelly (or a petroleum-jelly-based product), it is neither necessary nor desirable to wash the shorts after every ride.  I do rinse the salt out of the non-padded part of the shorts a few times between washes, but washing takes a ton of detergent worked directly into the pad to break down all that grease.

Offline staehpj1

A and D Ointment
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2008, 07:10:50 am »
I don't use any chamois cream as a preventative, but the zinc oxide based diaper creams work wonders for rashes or sore spots.  Applied in the evening, they usually do their work overnight.

Offline jnj

A and D Ointment
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2008, 01:03:12 pm »
Thanks for your suggestions. I will give both a try.

Offline bogiesan

A and D Ointment
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2008, 10:56:39 pm »
I carry A&D or Butt Paste, same stuff, different mfrs. I also carry witch
hazel and a package of those pre-moistened towelettes. I have learned  
long hours in the saddle have different results under different weather
conditions. And my recumbent seat presents an entirely different set of
issues than wedgies experience.

For many people, petroleum jelly, by its very nature, is more of an
irritant than a salve.  Use it carefully on your butt on long rides till you
know how your system tolerates the chemistry under the peculiar
stress that is long distance riding.

I love Wikipedia for stuff like this:
Chesebrough originally promoted Vaseline primarily as an ointment for
scrapes, burns, and cuts, but physicians have shown that Vaseline has
no medicinal effect or any effect on the blistering process, nor is it
absorbed by the skin. Vaselines effectiveness in accelerating wound
healing stems from its sealing effect on cuts and burns, which inhibits
germs from getting into the wound and keeps the injured area supple
by preventing the skin's moisture from evaporating.
Dangerous uses to avoid
As the substance became more common in households, it began to be
used for a number of medical purposes, some of which medical science
has shown to be dangerous or damaging.
It should not be used on fresh burns of any kind, including sunburn.
Petrolatum traps heat inside, worsening burns. After heat has
dissipated, however, it can serve as a dressing for minor burns to
soothe later pain.[1]
Nasal congestion or dryness
If particles of petrolatum are inhaled from the nose, they may deposit
in the lungs and lead to a condition called lipoid pneumonia, although
this is usually caused by excessive use, rather than daily use.[2]
Sex with latex condoms
Since petroleum jelly is oil-based, it interferes with the structure of
latex. Using petroleum jelly with latex condoms weakens the material
increasing the chance of rupture, and thereby the chance of conceiving
or spreading sexually transmitted infections.

go, ristretto, FCP/AE
"Read the manual."
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