Bike pant leg fungus - unisex matter - a cure
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Apr 28, 2013 2:04 AM Last Post By: ralphnhatrang
Apr 25, 2013 11:33 PM
Bike pant leg fungus - unisex matter - a cureI wasn't able to find and old post on this topic so i thought i should start a new one.
On my last bike trip about two years ago i got a fungal condition on my thighs from the combination of my bike pants and hot sweaty conditions, day after day.
I didn't bother to try to treat it as it wasn't itchy and i just kept forgetting about it.
Oh i might have put some tea tree oil on it because tea tree oil has worked for some fungal conditions in the past. Anyway it didin't work this time.
Finally i mentioned at the gp a couple of months ago. She gave me a script for something that's supposed to work for tinea type fungal conditions. It didn't work. I don't know if that's because i didn't put enough on or do it for long enough but it was expensive and so i let it go. For that i was to put it on everyday for six days which i did.
Anyway i went back to the chemist recently to maybe get some more and try again but instead i decided to try something i'd done years ago as a kid for a fungal condition on my arms. I bought some selsun shampoo which is for dandruff.
Anyway i've been doing that in an ad hoc way and it seems to be work. I noticed a significant improvement. My condition shows up as a pigment discolouration. i have smallish round brown patches. Anyway these are fading away and are now difficult to see at all.
I've been putting this stuff on in the shower just every few days. I haven't been rigorous about it. But now i'm sitting here not having washed it off yet. I really think this stuff may be the answer for those annoying fungal conditions that arise from bike riding.
Selsun may be called something else in your country so the active ingredients are: SELENIUM SULFIDE 2q5mg/mL you could get that from a pharmacist i am sure if you weren't able to find the selsun.
Apr 25, 2013 11:45 PM
Apr 26, 2013 1:21 AM
Apr 26, 2013 2:38 AM
3Selenium sulfide is specifically active to kill Malassezia spp fungi, which mainly cause dandruff. It is included in a tinea treatment because there is often a secondary infection of Malassezia with tinea.
It can take a long time to get rid of fungal infections. Toenail fungus can take a year to get rid of, because it is so difficult to get an agent to absorb fully into the nail, and drug treatment may be needed. I met someone with an inner thigh fungus, same location but I don't know if it was the same fungus as you, and it took him a a couple of weeks of putting the cream on to get rid of it - indeed after just a week of treatment it looked worse, but shortly after that it did suddenly appear to start getting better. I've been getting athletes foot several times a year for the last decade - I suspect I never really properly got rid of it. Even during that time, the period of treatment stated on the label was never sufficient, I got in the habit of treating it at least twice as long as it said. Last year even that wasn't enough and I ended up treating it for about 4 months with two separate treatments before I was confident I had really got rid of it, as well as putting antifungals in all my footwear - and it has now stayed away rather longer than usual.
Apr 26, 2013 4:55 AM
4Cycling along, i don't think that would have prevented my infection since on that trip i was really only rinsing my clothes daily in fresh water. And normally i would rinse properly anyway. But you have reminded me i should wash my bike shorts in this stuff -soak them for a little while i mean.
Yeah that second one was probably the one i used the first time. Athletes foot is a tinea medication. Gone in two days is pretty good. I wonder if it was a different fungus. Fred.
Apr 26, 2013 6:25 AM
Apr 26, 2013 3:52 PM
6Don't know much about fungal infections nor what you have but there are many fungals and each requires different treatment. And that in the tropics they are very common. Sweat and humidity. Essent, keep areas dry. And cotton fabric is recommended. Synthetics are known to be bad. Loose clothing is good.
Could even that you have heat rash which looks bad, red and blotchy, but otherwise irrelevant.
The soap is often an issue. Do a search and bad stuff often goes into products to cater for the market. Many active types use sports/active specific soaps that are minus whiteners, perfumes etc. One popular one is 'Sportwash' (caustic free - bad stuff) made by an American company. (It rinses out easily, which many soaps don't) Easily available from outdoor shops here so guess it is universally. There are undoubtedly others that are also good.
On tour I use an antiseptic soap for personal and the same for clothes washing. (Often a tar based product apparently) We cyclists often go to suspect places.
The tinea - athletes foot. Common in gyms and places (showers) that cyclists frequent. (Always wear sandals in showers, helps) Tried a few and most are useless. Now carry 'Pevaryl'. (Econazole Nitrate) . Is a liquid. Magic stuff. Stings like crazy (Mb a minute) while there's an infection, usually the 1st application, but it works. Once is usually enough but the recommended is three applications, do that. Stinging is excruciating so dread to think of applying it to crutch areas. (Other who have used it also swear by it. (Also swear while applying it.
Best wishes. Stay happy.
Apr 26, 2013 4:36 PM
7'But you have reminded me i should wash my bike shorts in this stuff -soak them for a little while i mean.'
But you have reminded me, I don't wear the traditional bike shorts but those who do usually recommend adding vinegar (acetic acid) or lemon juice to the washing. Or soak clothes in a solution. Apart from cleaning properties it is good for removing odors from synthetics.
Google search vinegar and it's good stuff.
The 'Pevaryl'. Mb similar to what onrrbike got, but more potent. It's a liquid in a dropper bottle, easy apply. A prescription stuff but have bought it from pharmacies. One application is cure. That's the one that stings. (And I kid you not on that. But it works.
Apr 28, 2013 2:04 AM
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