Chafing is a big theme through blogs at the moment and it is refreshing how open people are about what can be quite an embarrasing, socially unacceptable topic. So, being the doctor that I am, I thought I might demystify and classify. Additions would be welcomed.
Between the thighs: Not peculiar to runners. A severe affliction of normal women (whose thighs rub together) especially during summertime while wearing skirts. Prevention: Skin-tight pants that cover the thigh area, bodyglide, pantyhose/ nancy ganz (if dress-wearing female). Treatment: Papaya cream (thanks, Morsey), fresh air (not in public).
Between the butt cheeks: Rarer than the abovementioned, but far more severe. Exacerbated by heat. Extremely uncomfortable. Prevention: Bodyglide (? need to get a new tube for that area) Treatment: Vaseline. Prevention better than cure. Morphine / Epidural may help.
Under-the boob: The consequence of a poorly fitted bra. Extremely painful when showering. Prevention: Well fitted bra, bodyglide. Treatment: Incurable but self-limiting. Skin changes may form with repeated episodes.
Under the arm: Consequence of cotton t-shirts (damn under-arm seam), camel-backs. Problematic when occurs as the skin under the arm is extremely sensitive and one cannot walk about with their arms at 45 degrees to their body. Prevention: Technical T-shirt Treatment: Incurable but self-limiting.
Nipple: Extremely severe and painful, almost exclusively affecting men. Occurs during long runs while wearing cotton t-shirts. Severe cases involve bleeding of nipples. Showering causes severe distress. Prevention: Band-Aids, Technical T-shirts. Treatment: Full general anaesthetic / morphine / diazepam until affliction passed.
Any contributions are welcomed.