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Backpacker Magazine – May 2002
A wilderness guide to proper care and maintenance of the family jewels.
Hiking in the wilderness can bring out the "tough guy" in any man. We're not afraid of grizzlies or raging rivers. We leap bottomless crevasses in a single bound and haul packs twice our weight. But there's one thing that makes even the manliest man cower like a frightened puppy--a threat to the family jewels. When you're deep in the backcountry, miles from medical care, the danger is doubled.
Here is a guide to treating the male hiker's most common below-the-belt maladies, based on the advice of wilderness medicine experts. If you have a for-guys-only question we missed (sorry, we can't cure snoring), write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't Be Rash
When skin-on-skin chafing leaves you wobbling bow-legged down the trail, put aside your foolish pride. According to dermatologist Vail Reese, M.D., chafing is caused by friction and exacerbated by the warm, sweaty, bacteria-friendly environment in your pants. Try one of the following treatments, all trail-tested by our freelance guinea pigs. If pain or discomfort persists for more than 2 days after your trip, see your doctor.