Preventing Uncomfortable Chafing While Camping/Hiking
By Jalapeno Gal77 -via APN
Understanding Chafing: Chaffing occurs when skin rubs against skin or fabric. It can occur anywhere on your body, but the primary areas are between the thighs, underarms, groin area and the nipples.
Clothing: Make sure to wear clothes that fit. You do not want to wear clothes that are too loose. Aim for moisture wicking clothes such as synthetics that won’t trap moisture. The key to prevent chaffing is to keep the area dry or to prevent the skin isn’t rubbing. Also, look for clothing with smooth seams versus large bulky seams.
- Spandex (Be careful with this one ladies, we need some air down there for reasons I do not need to name.)
- Compression shorts
- Under Armour Underwear (For men)
- Thigh Society Shorts (For women, these have all good reviews but a little pricy.)
- Jockey Skimmies (My female friends swear by these and they are affordable.)
- Dove Deodorant- Swipe on before you exercise or walk and it last all day.
- Band-Aide Friction Block Stick
- Body glide: Many people swear by this product.
- Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel: It comes out of the tube like a gel but applies like a powder and is not greasy.
- Petroleum Jelly or Vaseline: Products should always be silicone based and not water based.
- Blue Steel Sport Anti-Chaffing Cream
- Gold bond: Men seem to like this product according to my Face Book survey.
- Anti Monkey Butt Powder: This is another solution offered to me through my Face Book Male Friends.
- Clean the affected area gently and pat dry.
- Apply diaper cream to the area. Yes, it seems weird, I know, but trust me….you will feel much better in the morning.
- Ice the area for relief of hot spots.
- Use a pain reliever with an anti inflammatory in it such as Advil.
- Remember to always allow chaffed areas to heal before resuming your exercise regime. Continuing to allow the affected area to rub could cause further irritation and possibly infection at which point you should visit a doctor to be safe.
Keepin It Spicy,