A+D Ointment cures my runner’s inner thigh chafing overnight
August 5, 2017
I am built like a Tyrannosaurus rex. Huge thighs and skinny arms. When I am fit, it’s muscle; when I am fat, it’s flab. No matter what, my inner thighs rub, especially when it’s hot and humid outside and I am sweating like I champ. They call it chub rub.
Most of the time, I can combat thigh rub with Lycra Spandex bike shorts like my JL Racing rowing trou or a dollop of Vaseline petroleum jelly or BodyGlide.
If I forget to apply or the rub happens in civvies, I can walk funny for days or even weeks. Whenever this happens, I always go back to the same solution that has saved my ass for almost fifty-years and that’s the anointing salve brought to the world by Germany‘s Bayer: A+D Original Diaper Rash Ointment And Skin Protectant. It always fixes everything.
Truth be told, I’ve always had diaper rash since I was in diapers and I still do today.
Application Hints: Because the stuff is stick and stinky, I always apply the A+D ointment to a thick layered wad of toilet paper and then use the TP to apply the ointment liberally to the chafing. I do apply liberally until it’s gluey and tacky and probably way too thick. But that’s how I do it. But if I do it right, I can keep every little bit of that gluey, viscid, and sticky nasty-smelling stuff off of my fingers. Either way, I do wash my hands thoroughly in hot soap and water.
What’s In It: it’s very simple: the active ingredients are 15.5% lanolin (the actual diaper rash ointment), it’s 53.4% petrolatum (the skin protectant). Petrolatum is the technical term for petroleum jelly (or Vaseline). And finally, there are the inactive ingredients: cod liver oil (contains vitamin A & vitamin D), fragrance, light mineral oil, microcrystalline wax, parafin. It’s perfectly natural but only as natural as you think petroleum byproducts are. Even the Canadians consider petroleum jelly to be non toxic.
Where To Get Some: They offer it on Amazon as well as in all pharmacies or wherever moms buy diaper rash ointment for their little babies. They have a 1lb tub, a 4oz tube, and a 1.5oz tube, so there are a lot of options. I keep the 1lb tub at home in the bathroom, I keep the 4oz in the travel dopp kit/toiletry bag, and I keep the 1.5oz tube in my pack. So, it’s convenient — there are a lot of options.
Too Much Information (TMI): If I don’t run for a long time my hairiness works against me. When I run regularly, any hair that grows in the Chafing Region is rubbed smooth. If I haven’t run for a while, all that hair grows back and needs to be depilated by rubbing again, which results in some serious inner-thigh chafing and rash. Hair-removal can cause a stinging rash. So, the worst chafing I get is when my body hair, gets tangled and then pulls out by the roots and creates a very painful rash that I treat with A+D Ointment (but you can use Vaseline, too, according to Livestrong). Once the rash goes away and I continue running, the number of issues with inner thigh chafing and diaper rash really reduce. It doesn’t go on forever so please work through it — it’s just part of the starting up discomfort.
A+D Ointment Repairs Runners Thigh Rub
A+D Ointment Cures My Runner's Inner Thigh Chafing Overnight
If I remember to get it on me immediately it works overnight. If I let the chafing fester, it takes longer. But, if you apply it right after you feel the chafing begin, you just need to sleep on it and you’re good.
$16 for a pound of it and also 4 oz tubes and 1.5 oz tubes, so there’s a lot of choices. One 4oz tube lasts me forever and I am trying out the 1lb tub for the first time.
I keep the 1lb tub at home in the bathroom, I keep the 4oz in the travel dopp kit/toiletry bag, and I keep the 1.5oz tube in my pack. So, it’s convenient — there are a lot of options.
The ointment is very smelly. It spells like A&D ointment but it also smells a lot of a pediatric doctors office. Whenever I apply the ointment for the first time, all I can do is smell it, so when I wear it longer than overnight, I feel very self-conscious about it, though nobody has ever mentioned it. I only ever apply it between my inner thighs.
The consistency is very similar to Vaseline petroleum jelly except maybe a little grittier-feeling. Not sandy or abrasive, but not as slippery or smooth. It’s like ointment: gluey, viscid, and sticky.
Aside from the smell, once I have it on, it doesn’t bother me one way or another.
It does discolor the garments it touches but I am not sure if the stains are permanent. But I would be careful to wear something between your rash, chafe, or sore. Since I wear boxer briefs to bed, it’s not a thing.
I’ve had diaper rash since I was in diapers and my mom always chose A+D ointment for all my rashy bottoms. No matter how fit or fat I get, all my weight goes to my inner-thighs be it by muscle or flab and I can get the worst inner thigh chafing.
When I workout I always make sure I’m wearing tights to prevent thigh rub but sometimes I get enough inner thigh abrasion that it produces a problem. There’s the rub.
The only product I have found to solve the problem is the same stinky, tacky, and staining ointment that me sweet mum put on my fanny when I was a wee babe: A&D Ointment.
A+D Ointment Still does the trick even though I’m always self-conscious about the very familiar and very pediatric scent. It’s awesome. Five stars!
I have been using it since I was a baby and have been buying it for myself going on thirty years.
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