A Little Annoyance That Can Become A Big Problem
- Red/swollen skin
- Burning, stinging, or raw sensation
- Inner thighs
- Groin area
- Under the breasts/around the bra line
- Sweating - moist skin can yield higher friction forces than dry skin when rubbed
- Loose fitting clothes
- Ill-fitted exercise gear
- Wear clothing that is snug, but not constricting and that wicks moisture away from your body. Garments made of synthetic materials, such as polypropylene, are best.
- Choose articles of clothing that are seamless or have flat seams.
- Lubrication. Although petroleum jelly is popular because it is relatively inexpensive, many sports lubricants are on the market that come in a variety of forms such as roll-ons, sticks, and sprays (e.g., Trislide, BodyGlide, etc.,). These products decrease friction and are applied to the affected areas before physical activity.
- Keep your skin dry by using talcum powder or corn starch.
- Stay hydrated. Dehydration can result in the formation of salt crystals on your skin, increasing friction.
- Wash the affected areas with warm water and soap.
- Apply an antibacterial ointment and cover with a sterile gauze pad and/or bandage.