Very Sore Nipples - What Can I Do?

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30/12/2002 at 09:34
My last couple of runs have resulted in very sore nipples. Being a novice I really don't know what to do. I thought of plasters but my chest is way too hairy - don't fancy pulling them off.

What else can I do?? As I sit here at work they feel as hot as the sun.

30/12/2002 at 09:36
COuple of options-
either vaseline or paraffin gel over them- but does rub off- or plaster them over c plaster or tape. The pain of removing the tape will be far less from the pain of abrased nipples I promise !
Make sure also wear a proper lightweight non rubbing vest to help.
30/12/2002 at 09:40
It's a common problem Dolphin - I personally use vaseline, couldn't get on with plasters for the hairy chest reason. There's also a product called BodyGlide that has been recommended on the forum before.

If you try vaseline, be sure to smear on loads of it before the run.

I've never found a cure once I've got sore nipples though - you just have to live with it!
30/12/2002 at 09:44
Just take the pain - mmmmm pain.

Only kidding, vaseline and a light top as said will be fine!
30/12/2002 at 09:53
Thanks for the replies peeps.

Vaseline it is.

Some forms of pain whilst running can be rewarding - but nipples must be my weakness.

Ooh Err Misses!
30/12/2002 at 15:10

only problem with vaseline etc is that it can mark your clothes even after washing.

Try using "Micropor" (spelling's a bit off here) its a medical plaster that comes in rolls but does not have the death grip of plasters when being pulled off. Much better alternative. (Also only remove during apre run bath/shower helps)

30/12/2002 at 15:56

Thanks for the tip - already been to Boots and bought a roll. £1.39 for 5 metres - that's a lot of nipple!

Cheers, Dolphin.
30/12/2002 at 17:15
or try nip-guards TM available from any good running shop
30/12/2002 at 18:27
You also want to look at the material of your tops. Have a look around for a nice softish fabric rather than a harsh mesh type. Avoid cotton like the plague.
08/01/2003 at 12:15
I use melolin(?) - it's the stuff you find in a first aid kit for wound dressing - and then secure it on with either micropore or strips of plasters. You can buy packs in Boots and then cut it to the desired size depending on what nature gave you.

Pretty effective and it removes the pain of pulling plasters off your nipples.

Only downside is that you end up messing about cutting strips of stuff for 15mins before you head off.
08/01/2003 at 12:39
Just went for a 7 miler, and forgot to put vasaline on the nips. About 6 miles, they started to hurt and now paying for it dearly.

Common problem Dolphin so your not alone. Numerous threads on the subject if you look back through most of the forums.
08/01/2003 at 13:20
You're lucky you feel the pain when you're running.

When I started running, I found that my nips went numb, so I didn't realise the damage I was doing. Only at the end of the run did I realise when I looked doen to find two streaks of blood.

The pain would come the next day at work where every movement of my cotton shirt over the nips would be very agony. People at work must have wondered why I sat very still!

I've found vaseline to be effective in preventing the problem. It does stain your t-shirts, but I only wear cheap ones anyway, so I'm not worried.

I have found though that over time my nips have hardened and I'm less prone to the problem. Unless on a long run I don't need vaseline at all.

08/01/2003 at 21:16
I wish they made day-glow nip-guards... 'could become an essential clubing item (and you'd certainly see me doing a lot more clubbing...!!)
Or, how about strawberry flavoured nip-guards (just to expend the market a little bit). The London Marathon would never be the same again...

Club colours nip-guards (why bother with a vest again?)

No more cumbersome XXL T-shirts at the end of a race: event nip-guards; one size fits all...

Air-vacuum adhesive free nip-guard, for the man with an hairy chest...

God, this is fun...
08/01/2003 at 21:22
Do you have the same problem with lycra tops?
08/01/2003 at 21:24
The Nike 'Paula' nip-guard: gently squeezes your your nipples for an improved blood-flow return to the heart...
08/01/2003 at 21:29
Nip-guard base layer, and nip-guard x-tra lite gore tex, for those wintery conditions

Help, I can't stop thinking about this....!!!
08/01/2003 at 21:36
GPNs: Global Positioning Nip-guards; a truly portable device, Featuring SDM and HRM functions. Technology at its best....
08/01/2003 at 21:41
Vision-express daily disposable nip-guards: for those who like to look their women in the eyes....

Please, somebody tells me to stop this now... please!
08/01/2003 at 21:53
The 'Popeye' nip-guard. So called for the reaction it evokes in others....

All right guys... I think I have enough material here to start my own little business
08/01/2003 at 21:56
Is this a 'man thread' only?

Why do you think women aren't posting here? What do women do that is different?
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