June 21 2018
The clinical co-director at the Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness offers advice on how runners can protect against ticks.
We tend to neglect our most delicate area until we find ourselves sidelined with a wicked yeast infection or a serious case of chafing. Though these are quite common issues in female runners, it’s too often considered a taboo subject—but we’re aiming to change that. We’ve asked Dr. Breanna Pond, a board-certified gynecologist and fellow runner, how to prevent down-there chafe drama.
There’s a lot of friction happening where the legs meet the body. The area most prone to chafing in women is the inner thigh, followed by the labia. Runners are especially vulnerable, as they possess a perfect recipe for chafing: Strong, muscular thighs plus repetitive friction equals a whole lot of ouch.
Here’s your foolproof guide to combatting chafe like a boss:
If the damage is already done, Pond says to treat your chafing like any other running injury—with lots of rest. Take some time off until the skin heals, lest the chafed skin becomes more aggravated or infected.