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Chafing Advice?

Q: What would you recommend for chafing, the nasty red rash that can develop on the inner thighs on a long hike? Is there an over-the-counter treatment?

Question:

What would you recommend for chafing, the nasty red rash that can develop on the inner thighs on a long hike? Is there an over-the-counter treatment?

Submitted by - Mark, Waterloo, ON

Answer:

Not an uncommon problem, the one you describe. Sweaty backpackers have reported good results from one or more of the following:

1) Wear cotton to hike in when it’s not too cold. The sweat gets absorbed, and you stay drier.

2) Smear on a layer of Vaseline or baby rash ointment where the chafing occurs (yep, your pants get kind of gooey, but most people prefer it to raw skin);

3) Try an antiperspirant or baby powder on your inner thighs—something to reduce and/or absorb the sweat.

—BUCK

1 Comment

  1. ATnoguts

    Underarmour original type “O” boxer briefs are what you want. Their made of moisture wicking nylon & spandex, fit snug but not to tight, easy on the junk but still supportive. Yes they’re $20 a pair and no they never go on sale… anywhere. I have purchased about ten pair over the past few years and no longer own any cotton underware. If you want to try a pair they are true to size and I recommend the 9″ and Black for those multi-days on the trail. You will end the chaffing, I promise. The best hiking $20 I ever spent.

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