Common Saddle Sores

Common Saddle Sore Treatments

If you think you have a saddle sore, take care of it immediately. Untreated saddle sores can turn into serious skin lesions that can lead to infections, which–in extreme cases–could even cause death.



The best treatment for saddles sores is complete rest, especially if they are persistent. This will give the area time to heal. Coach Fred Matheny, in an article for RoadBikeRider, does recognize that sometimes rest is not an option, and offers other ways to ease the pain, including changing your shorts or bike saddle, using a heavier lubricant (even Bag Balm), numbing the area, trying Preparation H or using donut-shaped pads. Click the link for more information on Coach Matheny’s suggestions.



Saddle sore treatment can also involve medication. Coach Matheny suggests an over-the-counter acne gel containing 10% benzoyl peroxide. “Perhaps even more effective is the topical prescription product called Emgel (erythromycin),” he says. published an article, “Home Remedies for Saddle Sores and Chamois Rash,” that also has some treatment ideas for saddle sores: Noxzema, Vagisil, tea tree oil and antibacterial ointments (such as Neosporin), might help. Click the link for the full list of saddle sore home treatment ideas from’s article.


When to See a Doctor.

If skin lesions from your saddle sores don’t get better with home treatment, it may be time to see a doctor. Dr. Rachel Biber, in an article on BeginnerTriathlete, says it is important to see a doctor if the sores get worse, and “…particularly if they are increasing size, warmth, redness and pain, or if they are accompanied by fever.”