Chafing is a surface wound that only damages the upper layer of skin. It doesn’t bleed but can be very painful. The wound can also contain dirt.
The sports person has suffered from chafing.
Stop any bleeding by applying pressure to the wound.
Rinse the wound with lukewarm water in order to ensure any dirt is removed. Continue to rinse the wound until it is completely clean. Never rub the wound. If water is not available, clean with a disinfectant. Dab the wound with a compress and continue until the dirt has been removed.
Dry the area around the wound after rinsing but don’t touch the wound itself. Cover after cleaning, e.g. with a sterile compress or a plaster.
- Runners who sweat a lot or run for long periods can suffer from chafing where two parts of their body rub together, or clothing rubs part of their body. Wear nylon or polyester clothing instead of cotton to avoid chafing. Sensitive spots can also be covered with a layer of vaseline or a plaster (armpits, groin, nipples).
- Walkers: wear good quality, specialised shoes and socks. Do not wear rough clothing and cover sensitive places with vaseline.
- Obstacle run: do not wear jewellery
- Cyclists: Choose a good saddle, wear good cycling shorts without irritating edges. Never wear pants under your cycling shorts.