Monday, November 18, 2013

Bleeding Man Nipples

I feel your pain Andy. (The Office)

Let's talk about an embarrassing but not so uncommon issue for men, the bloody nipple. The cause of this very emasculating infliction is the friction of the shirt and the nipple. Usually and especially in my case, sweat and duration of the run can make the issue worse. So I will share my triumphant story of overcoming this issue and share some tips that I have learned along the way.

It was a little over a year ago when I first came home after a long run and had some bad bloody nipples. It was kind of freaky and it was painful. My shirt was sanding down my nipples for over an hour using salty sweat as lubricant. After that first time, it started happening with clockwork precision at exactly 6 miles into my runs. I tried a few different products but eventually what ended up working for me is just giving my nipples a break. I had stopped running for a couple weeks because I started to get IT band issues and when I returned to running my nipples didn't bleed anymore. My nipples were able to heal completely and were a little tougher and less sensitive than before.

A few products or tips that may help.

1. Run shirtless. This is a sure fix to the issue if you are confident enough to do it.
2. Wear synthetic or tech t-shirts. These materials are lighter and help wick away moisture and sweat.
3. Wear a tighter/looser shirt. If you are having the issue with a tight shirt than try a looser fitting one or vice versa.
4. Anti-chafe products. These work by reducing the friction.There are many out there, Bodyglide being the most common.
5 Nipple covers. These work by covering and protecting the nipple. NipEAZE is one I recommend but band-aids, tape, super-glue, mole-skin, and many other products have been found to work.

Here are a couple articles that I have found on the subject.

Runners World
NY Daily News

The trick is to just keep trying something until you find something that works. Good luck.

This is NOT a sponsored post. Actually with all the nipple and 
lubricant talk I probably will never get advertisers now.
 All thoughts, experiences, and opinions are mine. 

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