View Full Version : Serious question: sore, cold nipples and chest area while running.......

06-05-2006, 06:18 PM
When I run and sweat, even when its in the 90s........the sweat from my shirt gets on my upper chest and nipples, whichmakes it VERY sore and painful. Its cold and feels liek it is numb. When I take my shirt off it goes away after a whiel but i cant always take my shirt off. this has only happened the past 2 days...and has never happened before.

Anyone else have a similiar experience?? What do you recommend I shoudl do?? Run through it/wait off?

06-05-2006, 08:31 PM
Thats chafing when your shirt brushes against your nipples which makes them sore and painful.
I took the below from this website. (http://www.time-to-run.com/tips/chafing.htm)

You running along not a care in the world, so you think. A little later into the run and 'boy oh boy' you have a chafe and is it not irritating. The irritation you can cope with but now it has lead to an open wound and it is bleeding. People around are you ready to call in the paramedics, a helicopter is being radioed for. BUT .. before going to all that trouble lets discuss the problem and in so doing try to avoid the look of alarm when you cross the line with blood oozing from the chaffed areas. Yes, this can be a sensitive subject.
How is it caused : They say the major contribution to chafing is from sweating and rubbing. Many of us consider that chafing is a signal that it is time to lose weight, however even the skinniest eprsons can experience the same problem. Chafing generally takes place around the groin, underarms and nipples, but it can occur anywhere.
Prevention: Prevention of chafing falls into four categories: try to stay dry, keep hydrated, using a lubricant and wear the proper clothing. Lubrication before walking with petroleum jelly or an anti-chafing product such as Body Glide or Runner's Lube.
Try to stay dry: Go light on the deodorant roll-on as this can lead to a stickier situation. Use talcum powder, cornstarch or potato starch to stay dry, if absolutely necessary. If all else fails consider using a lubricant.
Hydration: Always drink lots of water during the day, keep hydrated during training and make sure you drink sufficient after exercise. This will assist you in perspiring freely so that the remanants don't dry into salt crystals which will make the possibility of chafing higher.
Lubrication: While exercising all kinds of lubricants are used to keep the skin areas sliding past each other instead of rubbing raw. Petroleum jelly, bag balm and udder cream are the longtime favourites. Make sure the lubricants are petroleum-free and non-staining. They can also be used on your feet and toes, in attempt to avoid blisters.
Clothing: Loose clothes may feel good on the trail, but to prevent chafing you need a snug fit. Bike shorts are designed to give a skin tight fit that will prevent chafing and are excellent if your trouble is in the lower body or thigh area. For the upper body, polypropylene or lycra tops that fit skin tight will do the trick. Also avoid wearing new clothes on a long run, during a hard session [ where the intensity is higher ] or race.
Treatment: Once you are chafed, treat the area like an open wound. Wash and clean with antiseptic to prevent infection and cover with a sterile gauze pad that allows the area to breathe until it is healed.
The worst chafe is the nipple area: There is nothing worse than trying to recover from chaffed nipples, as they stay tender for long after and the chance of them bleeding reoccurring is high. This affects both men and women.
Prevention: As above concentrate on using antichafing lubrication. Use fabrics that can deliver moisture from the skin to the outer layer .. the key word being 'sweat-wicking'. It is advisable for women to wear sweat-wicking sports bras. And if necessary wear plaster over nipples during your exercise.

Try wearing shirts like addias, climacool. ;)
hope that helps

06-05-2006, 08:51 PM
WOW!! Thanks a lot, that was vVERY helpful!

06-06-2006, 07:27 AM
No sweat dude! :)

06-06-2006, 08:38 AM
Yeah, try wearing a dri-fit shirt or some kind of under-armor shirt that does not have cotton in it and is more tight fit to your body. This will allow you to be able to run and not have to deal with the shirt rubbing and causing soreness.

06-07-2006, 12:08 AM
Remove the source of friction--try different clothing in different cuts or different fibers. Avoid cotton, because it stays wet; synthetics are better. For chafed thighs, short Lycra tights may minimize friction. Women whose sports bras cause chafing should look for one with flat or covered seams.