Running Tips -
Chafing of Legs and Nipples - Prevention
Running Tips Chafing, Nipple Chafing, Thigh
So many different running tips.
Chafing tips are not often part of them.
However chafing can seriously take the joy out of
Therefore check out these running tips for chafing
to work out what to do and what not to do.
and Running - Discomfort
Chafing is one of the
most common problems that runners can experience.
Another "favorite" is leg cramps.
For leg cramps, see my page about running
and calf cramps.
Chafing can come in two forms, nipple chafing and thigh chafing.
Sometimes, chafing can be unavoidable as you won't
really get to pinpoint what is causing the irritation in
It will often start from a minor irritation, leading to open sores and
Having chafing problems when running will
definitely put you out of your game because of the discomfort
and pain. Thus, you won't be able to maximize your
running once the chafing problems start.
Running Tips Chafing - Nipple Issues
First, let's talk about nipple
chafing. Most men do not know what nipple chafing is and
they only discover it once their nipples start bleeding.
This can be a panicky experience for most men especially if they see
tinges of blood in their shirt only to know it is coming out of their
I have had quite a few reactions from guys finding
my page about nipple
chafing and bleeding nipples and telling me how
relieved they were to find my info!
Cause when you try to search for information on bleeding
nipples online, you'd discover that it is actually
called nipple chafing and this condition is quite common among runners.
Although it isn't something serious, you should
still take action to prevent it as it can affect your performance as it
is a real nuisance.
Running Tips Chafing - Knowing What Causes
Nipple chafing occurs
when the nipple constantly rubs with the shirt worn.
The friction can result in irritation, soreness, bleeding, and dryness
of one or both nipples.
This problem is common in men because women
usually wear a sports bra and are better
Despite that, some women get the issue as well.
Running for only a short period of time? Then you
won't really experience any nipple chafing
but as you increase your time and distance, you'll find yourself
experiencing a case of nipple chafing every now and then.
Running Tips Chafing - Knowing How to Treat
You must treat nipple chafing like a regular wound
by cleaning it
with an antiseptic and washing with water. After cleaning the wound,
cover it with a gauze pad.
replace the gauze pad every day until the wound has dried
up. The gauze will also protect your nipple from further
irritation should you choose to run again.
Running Tips Chafing - Prevention of Bleeding
There are different things that can help prevent bleeding
nipples. First is to make use of band-aids.
Every time you go for a run, simply stick a band-aid over your nipples.
It will serve as protection for your nipple so it won't keep rubbing on
The only problem with band-aids
is that they can have a tendency to fall off once you sweat.
So the best thing to do is to buy a small circular band-aid that will
fit perfectly on your nipples.
A bandaid can
The next method to prevent nipple chafing is to
use a special cream to protect your
Usually, Vaseline is an effective cream
for short runs.
But since it rubs off within about an hour or so, it is not advisable
for long distance runs.
The third method is to stick small
pads on your nipples.
These small pads are called Nipguards. Some runners swear by the
effectiveness of Nipguards as they really stay stuck on top of the
Running Tips Chafing - The Thighs
Another type of chafing is thigh
chafing. This occurs when the thighs rub in your shorts.
This causes irritation, soreness,
The rubbing is also worsened because of the sweat coming out of the
thighs. For thigh chafing, you should clean it the same way as treating
your nipples. Here are some tips to help prevent thigh chafing:
First, it is advisable that runners wear tight
such as cycling shorts or running tights or pants. The fitted shorts
wrap the thigh firmly. Hence, there is no space for friction or rubbing.
Compared to wearing loose shorts,
this can make a considerable difference. Your thighs will be more prone
to rubbing onto the fabric of your loose shorts, which can lead to
Second tip is to wear shorts that are made from DryFit
or Coolmax fabric. These types of fabric easily absorb
sweat and release the moisture immediately.
That is why most athletes
prefer wearing clothing made from this fabric. It is best that you avoid
wearing cotton as it holds moisture for
longer periods of time.
Third tip is to apply BodyGlide or
petroleum jelly on your thighs. These creams will help
reduce the rubbing and friction between the skin and the fabric.
If you already have some irritation,
it is best to apply these on your thighs to avoid more complications.
On the heavy side?
Then these tips
may not completely
take your thigh chafing away.
Your legs may still rub against eachother
because of their size.
It is still very advisable to follow the
Just know that you may have to endure some of this
until your running has helped you lose the excess
weight. Also see link at bottom of this page for more info on that
As you can see, there are simple remedies that you
can easily do to prevent chafing when running.
Simply follow the tips above whether it is for
bleeding nipples or irritated thighs.
Without these problems, you can be assured that
you will have a more fun and enjoyable running experience!
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