Chafing | allnurses


  1. 0 I have an embarrassing problem, but I'm sure other nurses can relate. On some especially busy nights when I'm sweating and running around, my thighs chafe so badly they blister and I can't even sit comfortably. At first I thought it was my underwear so I tried a boy short style which just made it worse since the fabric kept riding up. I found a product called Lanacaine which dose help to a certain degree. I think my next step is going to try compression bike short that are designed for runners. Any other suggestions?
  2. Visit  dariah profile page

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    dariah has '3' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'OB/GYN'. From 'New York'; Joined Oct '11; Posts: 83; Likes: 38.

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  3. Visit  Melina profile page
    There are many anti-chafing lotions on the market. I've never tried the lanacane brand, but a lot of althetes use Bodyglide. There is also a product called Luvees ( that might be worth trying. Good luck.
  4. Visit  duckieRN profile page
    I suffer from the same problem. I have found that buying a size up in pants has helped. I am able to pull them up a little higher putting fabric between my thighs so they dont rub as much. I also do a soak in Epsom salt after a really long day and apply powder between my legs. I helps a whole lot!
    Good Luck
  5. Visit  rn2bnok profile page
    I am a runner, and we use stick deodorant. It essentially does the same as BodyGlide. Might give it a shot. I love the compression shorts, and have found it best to wear them without undies, as they are designed to be worn.
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  6. Visit  iluvivt profile page
    We use the highest grade isolation gowns so the thickest ones you can get with a thick moisture repellent layer, Everyone hates them b/c it is like wrapping yourself up with saran wrap. So yes I get it...I just use the stick secret great. There is also a product called "certain dry" that I found . It actually shrinks the sweat glands and you use it at night and they also sell an am refresher to use as well.all I can say is that stuff works so well I could not believe it.
    Last edit by iluvivt on Oct 10, '12
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  7. Visit  nicenurselpn profile page
    I would reccomend a thin layer of either baby powder with cornstarch to keep you dry or Gold bond powder. They both will keep you dry and prevent friction.
  8. Visit  jadelpn profile page
    Looser draw string scrub pants--mens scrub pants work for me, or one size larger in the "classic" scrub pants. And cotton fabric--or as close to cotton as you can get. And believe it or not, mens boxers. Also cotton. I go comfort over style any day of the week. As long as they look neat. Gold Bond has a lotion as well--may stay longer than powder. Deoderant is good, but can be irritating to the skin.
  9. Visit  libran1984 profile page
    Body Glide.

    In my ER we call this problem the "chub rub"
  10. Visit  Krazziekid78 profile page
    I had to reply to this old post because after working 4 13-14 hours shifts on a short-staffed rehab unit (knowing I had 2 more shifts to go), my thighs were a hot mess. By the end of my 4th shift, I could barely walk. I had two open sores on my thighs.... One sore was BLEEDING. I searched the net for something to help, as I was on the verge of crying... Or calling in the next day. Lol. Here is what I did. I took ibuprofen, applied hydrocortisone cream, and iced my thighs that night. Next morning, I took a different route and applied corn starch and wore a pair of spandex shorts. And I survived with minimal pain the next couple of shift (walking approximately 5 miles per shift caring for 26 people..when I typically only care of 13 😵). Good luck desperate thigh chafing nurses!
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