June 25, 2012 at 10:22 am #75024
I started using Boris Bikes a couple of months ago and during that time have contracted Dhobie (Jock) itch twice.
I have never had this condition before and the coincidence between using Boris Bikes and this is compelling.
Has anyone had this happen to them?June 25, 2012 at 10:35 am #85438
You didn’t take part in the naked cycle ride did you?June 25, 2012 at 10:37 am #85439
No, didn’t know there was one?June 25, 2012 at 11:11 am #85440
I’d never even heard of it until today! What trousers/undies were you wearing? Maybe it could be something in the material that’s causing irritation? I’d go see a doctor if I were you as it could be a mild allergy or something.June 25, 2012 at 11:25 am #85441
Cotton boxers and a suit. Saw a doc and he said that a 15 min cycle ride in morning and evening was unlikely to cause problem on its own. I’m trying to find anyone else who may have same problem to indicated an infection that is being passed around.
Unpleasant subject I know.June 25, 2012 at 11:53 am #85442June 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm #85443
Jock itch (tinea cruris) is the irritation of a fungus that normally resides on the skin without causing problems. It is therefore unlikely that you “caught” it from a bicycle seat – in the same way that it’s fairly hard to catch things from toilet seats. Especially if you were wearing trousers at the time.
The inflammation of fungus is caused by heat and moisture. People who are overweight, wearing tight shorts or are wet will be worst affected. As your doctor identifies a 15 minutes bicycle ride shouldn’t be causing you to heat up or sweat to the point it would irritate.
I’m guessing your doctor has advised an anti-fungal cream? Liberal use of this, airing of the affected area and drying thoroughly after a shower or swim will all help quick healing. Talc will also keep the area dry.June 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm #85444
Yes, I’m using Clotrimazole.June 25, 2012 at 10:30 pm #85445
malcolmb1963ParticipantJuly 4, 2012 at 8:31 am #85446
I seem to get this regularly on my butt on holiday, when it’s usually hot weather and I spend a lot of time by the pool or on the beach in wet Speedos (don’t laugh, they’re not the skimpy brief type). I use Lanacane powder but it still takes quite a while to clear up afterward.July 19, 2012 at 9:17 am #85447
sounds ridiculous – but get the canestan one pill – internet pharmacies (chemistdirect.co.uk?) do this much cheaper, and less embarassingly, than going into boots for it.. you might need to fudge the questions they ask when you order though.
The pill should clear up any “lingering” fungus, and then double strength clotrimazole (2%) should speed up any local issues.
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