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little miss shy
feisty_jenn wrote in fatshionista
this is embarassing, but i'm hoping somebody here can help!

we've talked about chub rub many times -- and i'm familiar with that as a (sometimes painful) red rash on inner thighs...but does anyone (else) get other symptoms?  Like large painful sorta blister-things?  i tend to get them in the fold between my (under)belly and my legs....very sore.  i've found in the past that wearing spanx-type garments helps because it holds the belly away from the legs, so the thingies don't develop.  But i HATE spanx and similar garments....so i'm wondering:

(1)  does anyone else get these?
(2)  what strategies do you use to avoid them or to treat them?
(3)  what undies and clothing would you recommend to deal with them?

i'm 5'6", 330lbs with a rack o doom and a belly o doom and no butt to speak of.....any help would be muchly appreciated! 

ETA:  I just want to say thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!!  For all the information and advice.  And just for the validation that other people get this too.  It's funny, I usually think of myself as refusing to be shamed about my body, demanding health care etc....but I confess, I cancelled a doctor's appt on Monday b/c i was too humiliated to ask my doctor about these lesions/boils....now i not only have some ideas for dealing with 'em but feel way more comfortable going to the doctor knowing that i'm not alone, other people get these.  so again, thank you all!!!


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I cannot tout the importance of powder enough. Some people swear by talc-free body powder, but I just use basic baby powder. I mostly get the horrors under my boobs, but I sometimes see them between my thighs and under my belly too. However, powdering after a shower and first thing after getting up in the morning really helps both heal what I already have and prevent more of the same. Also, it's super-easy to carry a travel sized bottle of powder with you and re-apply as necessary over the course of the day.

I really second this.

I use Lush's Silky Underwear dusting powder which is talc free. I have also found that using Lush's Dreamwash or Fresh Farmacy soap prevents these sorts of rashes or boils (no, I'm not a Lush employee, I just really rate their stuff). I have a long-term skin condition which makes me really prone to this sort of thing and I have found that washing underboobs and belly daily, followed by powder has prevented the boils forming.

Of course, it doesn't prevent the chub-rub though :(

One note: Silky Underwear contains cornstarch which can be a problem for diabetic folk (a sugar...in a warm moist area...of someone more predisposed to yeast infections).

Good point, thanks for pointing it out - I hadn't connected the two.

Love the Silky Underwear!

THIS!

And I've found that when they're really inflamed that if I use some Goldbond medicated powder on them that the swelling goes away within 24 hours.

I swear by gold bond! Especially under my breasts and belly before I put on my bra/pants. Keeps the ickyness away

Oh Gold Bond, I love you so much!

totally down with gold bond - i like Gold Bond Ultimate Powder - it doesn't have that gold bond medicated smell and works really well all day use.

My Doctor told me to buy Gold Bond ultimate powder for my chub rub. I get it bad on my upper inner thighs (I get zits there now too) and before my breast reduction, I would get bad rashes under my breasts. My doctor told me I should be using Gold Bond everyday.

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