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Shin rash due to foliage

TownyDCTownyDC Posts: 157
edited June 2012 in MTB general
Had a great ride out last night but due to overgrowing foliage on many of the trails I have been left with an annoying itchy rash on my shins that this morning is driving me mad.
I do suffer from hayfever so have popped a couple of antihistamins but at the mo it isn't doing anything.
Has anyone any solutions, i though about leg warmers but think maybe it will be too hot in this weather unless there are some that are super light weight and i don't want to go for shin armour as it would be a slight overkill for where I ride.
I did think of barrier cream too but not sure where you would get this or if it even exists.
Until the local council start to cut back the greenary, perhaps i might have to wear long socks.... :(
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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    take your antihistamins before the ride.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
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  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    or just MTFU :wink:
  • TownyDCTownyDC Posts: 157
    welshkev wrote:
    or just MTFU :wink:

    just knew someone would say that.
  • jairajjairaj Posts: 3,009
    you can get creams with antihistamines which might work better for the skin rash than a tablet. ask your pharmacist or doctor for more advise.

    also general purpose antihistamines available over the counter tend to work best when taken before not after.
  • mrmonkfingermrmonkfinger Posts: 1,452
    ski/football socks, shinpads, long trousers, gaffer tape, I dunno, must be a million ways you could cover your shins.

    or go back and cut down the offending foliage
  • craigw99craigw99 Posts: 224
    if you dont like the MTFU.... i guess you must have forgot to put your suspenders on before you left the house :-D
    opinions are worth exactly what you pay for them ;-)
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  • YeehaaMcgeeYeehaaMcgee Posts: 5,740
    Just use a cheesgrater to remove the skin from your legs. Job done.
    No more itching.
  • TownyDCTownyDC Posts: 157
    yes, funny lot some of you eh..... :roll: .... :wink:

    What I was getting at was do any of you ride with thin leg sleeves/warmers or compression sleeves during the summer
    to protect your legs.
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    TownyDC wrote:
    yes, funny lot some of you eh..... :roll: .... :wink:

    What I was getting at was do any of you ride with thin leg sleeves/warmers or compression sleeves during the summer
    to protect your legs.


    serious answer - no. i wear my knee pads all year round and with socks on there's probably only 4 - 5 inches of my legs showing. i can't say i've ever had a problem really. apart from being smacked in the shins by my pedals :lol:
  • craigw99craigw99 Posts: 224
    ive got hairy legs - prevents nettle stings etc so dont bother
    opinions are worth exactly what you pay for them ;-)
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  • jairajjairaj Posts: 3,009
    welshkev wrote:
    or just MTFU :wink:

    I do this.
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    TownyDC wrote:
    yes, funny lot some of you eh..... :roll: .... :wink:

    What I was getting at was do any of you ride with thin leg sleeves/warmers or compression sleeves during the summer
    to protect your legs.
    No, but I am a manly man.
    I don't do smileys.

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  • YeehaaMcgeeYeehaaMcgee Posts: 5,740
    TownyDC wrote:
    yes, funny lot some of you eh..... :roll: .... :wink:

    What I was getting at was do any of you ride with thin leg sleeves/warmers or compression sleeves during the summer
    to protect your legs.
    No. I've pretty much lost all feeling in my shins.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    TownyDC wrote:
    yes, funny lot some of you eh..... :roll: .... :wink:

    What I was getting at was do any of you ride with thin leg sleeves/warmers or compression sleeves during the summer
    to protect your legs.
    only when on the big bikes.

    just take your antihistamins before you ride.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
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  • .blitz.blitz Posts: 6,197
    TownyDC wrote:
    What I was getting at was do any of you ride with thin leg sleeves/warmers or compression sleeves during the summer to protect your legs.
    Err no :)
  • ThewaylanderThewaylander Posts: 8,594
    i grow a pair and tolerate it :p
  • NorthwindNorthwind Posts: 14,675
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  • bonobo85bonobo85 Posts: 2
    I get this too due to Hayfever.

    Simply take a hayfever tablet one hour before your ride, this will help lots. Either that or wear long trousers!
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  • sigorman85sigorman85 Posts: 2,536
    sounds like hog weed dont itch it or it will spread!
    When i die I just hope the wife doesn't sell my stuff for what I told her I paid for it other wise someone will be getting a mega deal!!!


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  • BriggoBriggo Posts: 3,537
    craigw99 wrote:
    ive got hairy legs - prevents nettle stings etc so dont bother

    Wish mine did that, must have faulty hairy legs.
  • YeehaaMcgeeYeehaaMcgee Posts: 5,740
    :lol:
    maybe you should weave your leg hair into some sort of armour.
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,572
    I know what you mean, but not sure there's much you can do about it sadly! Having said that, I have been known to ride in thin leggings in the summer when I have wear something smart for work the next day and don't want to look like some kind of self-harmer / lepper. But I guess that's a female specific 'got to wear a dress and can't have horrible legs' thing :lol:

    More worrying than that I saw a tick merrily floating down the plug hole when I was showering after a long MTB ride last night :shock: Grim :?
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  • stubsstubs Posts: 5,001
    I sometimes wear my Ron Hill trackie bottoms when riding in summer. Doesnt keep nettle stings out but does work against general foliage whip, I am sensitive to Bracken so take a piriton before a ride in summer.
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  • YeehaaMcgeeYeehaaMcgee Posts: 5,740
    miss notax wrote:
    But I guess that's a female specific 'got to wear a dress and can't have horrible legs' thing :lol:
    That's sexist, that is. :lol:
  • RushmoreRushmore Posts: 674
    Jesus... no offence... but there are some propper wimps out there....

    Shin rash?!?!? seriously??

    Jesus christ...

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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    miss notax wrote:
    More worrying than that I saw a tick merrily floating down the plug hole when I was showering after a long MTB ride last night :shock: Grim :?
    POIDH
    I don't do smileys.

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  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,572
    miss notax wrote:
    But I guess that's a female specific 'got to wear a dress and can't have horrible legs' thing :lol:
    That's sexist, that is. :lol:

    :lol::lol:
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  • YeehaaMcgeeYeehaaMcgee Posts: 5,740
    cooldad wrote:
    miss notax wrote:
    when I was showering after a long MTB ride
    POIDH
    Fixed it for you. Well, edited for clarity :lol:
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    cooldad wrote:
    miss notax wrote:
    when I was showering after a long MTB ride
    POIDH
    Fixed it for you. Well, edited for clarity :lol:
    That sounds about right.
    I don't do smileys.

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