22 responses

  1. DY
    April 1, 2008

    My daughter is seeing a dermatologist now for her persistent shin guard rash. The dermatologist told us it was a form of excema (which as a family we are prone to), and gave us several tips as well as a prescription for an extra strong excema creme. First, it’s important to keep the area clean (my kid is at the age where she’s not so convinced about that), and immediately after the shower, apply the creme and then an intensive yet non-scented moisterizer called Cerave. While my kid plays soccer too much for it to have totally cleared up yet, there has been a big improvement. She has to do the creme twice a day and the moisterizer at night once a day. It’s also recommended that we change shin guards — the moisture that they trap does indeed aggravate the excema.

  2. Kimmy
    April 14, 2008

    These comments have been very helpful. Thanks.

  3. Sophia
    April 19, 2008

    As dumb as it may sound, I never thought to wash the shin guards. Even my husband who played for 18 years never washed his. Our daughter keeps getting a nasty rash and we just thought it was the Microbial layer in them. The tips here are most helpful. Thank you!

  4. Soccer Dad
    April 20, 2008

    Sophia, you aren’t alone. I’ve encountered a LOT of parents who thought the guards would fall apart if they were washed, etc. so they never washed them. Honestly we started washing our son’s simply out of a need to ‘fight the funk’ because there’s nothing quite like ‘that smell’. But, the frequent washing has kept any rashes at bay. So far the Nike T90 guards our kids use have held up very well.

  5. VS
    April 16, 2009

    Thank you sooooo much. This advice has helped me a lot. I started to get these rashes during fall soccer season and did not know why. It is now pretty obvious that it was my shin guards. I used to have red,bumpy,itchy,ozy legs but i dont anymore! Thank you so much :)

  6. soccer player who is itchy
    May 9, 2009

    umm i have this on my leg, and my mom says its because i started shaving this year so my pours were opened, can shaving contribute?

  7. soccer mom of rashy kid
    June 8, 2009

    My daughter never had a problem with shin guard rash until this year, when she started double practices. After her first practice, she would take her shin guards off and apply hand sanitizer to her legs and shin guards, then 30 minutes later put her shin guards back on for the 2nd practice. Hand sanitizer kills bacteria, but also removes your skins natural protective oil layer, so she was opening up her skin for irritation, sweat and anything else that developed during the 2nd practice.
    *If you are shaving, and not giving your skin time to redevelop its natural protective layer, you could be making your skin more open to bacteria.

  8. De Pere WI Soccer Mom
    September 23, 2009

    My son has been battling this rash for several years. We have seen doctors, washed his shin guards, purchased shin guards with fabric on the back, etc. Recently, the rash had gotten quite bad and started to spread. A dermatologist recently put him on an antibiodic for a secondary infection that has developed and a corticosteriod cream to be put on the rash areas for 2 weeks. He also stated to gently wash the area with Cetaphil Antibacterial Soap. So far it is starting to clear up. But hear are some additional suggestions given by the doctor and a local soccer store owner. Take of shin guards immediately after games/practices, shower and clean with antibacterial soap, wear clean shin guards daily (we bought 3 sets of guards), cut the foot out of a cotton tube sock for a sleeve to put between the skin and the shin guard, wash these tube sleeves daily or make a few pairs. Hope this helps!

  9. kare
    September 10, 2010

    My daughter suffered with persistent shin rashes for a long time until I came across Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap. I did a lot of online research and after reading product reviews from people who had different types of eczema and dermatitis and had great results with this soap, I thought we’d try it. It really has worked wonders for my daughter and I highly recommend it. I purchase it in our local food co-op or health food store, but you can also purchase it online: http://www.amazon.com/Grandpa-Soap-Pine-4-25-Ounces/dp/B00028LN1K. Don’t be put off by the smell…it doesn’t stay on the skin.

  10. Eric
    October 11, 2010

    Great advice. Now how about de-stinkifying my daughter’s cleats. They aren’t allowed in the house anymore!

  11. Soccer Dad
    October 12, 2010

    Eric – try this: http://onthepitch.org/2007/09/21/the-funk-wars-opening-salvo/

    Works great when I can get the kids to put the bags in their cleats.

  12. Carolyn
    April 20, 2011

    My sons cleats smell so bad, I can’t even tell you. They smell like cat urine and we don’t have cats. I tried everything. Then I finally got a spray bottle and filled with water and bleach and started spraying the inside of the cleats at night. Worked like a charm. I have 5 boys and I won’t be without this bottle. If done at night it gives the shoes time to dry out. Works great. Now going to work on the shin rash. That is proving to be a problem.

    • Soccer Dad
      April 21, 2011

      Definitely. We’re all familiar with ‘that smell’ ® OMG I’ve used crystal cat litter in nylons to make little ‘cleat stuffers’ and they help not only absorb the odor but also dry out the cleats. But the kids never put them back in (even I forget after a while) What ratio of bleach to water do you use?

  13. JAAD
    August 12, 2011

    Thank you very much. Very helpful.

  14. Lia
    November 5, 2011

    I started to get this rash a couple months ago, I thought I was allergic to the padding. Before my mom found this I have put one pair of soccer socks under my shinguards and one over. Now I know what to do. Thanks!!!!!!!

  15. Soccer Mom
    June 30, 2012

    For those of you who suffer from shin guard rash, check out the silver lined shin guard pads at silveredgegear.com. We have been told by parents that the shin guard rash will go away within two weeks and will stay away. The secret is the silver lining on the shin guard pads – it prevents the build up of bacteria – even MRSA. All you do is apply the shin guard pads to your new or used shin guards and they will also never smell again. Look under products on silveredgegear.com

  16. Carmella
    May 18, 2013

    Granddaughter had a sever rash that turned to MRSA infection. Tried a lot of things regarding washing and disinfecting the shin guards.

    My best results came with adhesive moleskin on the shin guard. Buy it at a wound care center it comes in a 9″x 4yd roll and can be attached to the shin guards so no neoprene touches the skin. She is finally clear of the rashes after two years of sever pain.

  17. Stefan Ekmark
    November 25, 2013

    We have a new Swedish invention that prevents Shin Pad Dermatitus . It is also probably the best shin guard in the World. It is designed so that only a very small part of the guard is in Contact with the leg.

    This is what the producer writes

    “BdeS™Shins™ will change the way you play forever.
    •The new ultra-lightweight soccer shin guard of the next generation!
    •Can save up to 1500 kg of reduced load per game.
    •Improved heat regulation will result in less energy consumption.
    •Anatomically optimized and hygienic foam impact protection.

    This new ultra- lightweight shin guard of the next generation is the first product in a series of new smart sports equipment from the company BdeS™. With BdeS™Shins™ you will be one step ahead of your opponent. You will not only be better protected, but much more energy efficient as well. This will result in greater performance throughout a game Less weight around your legs will also turn you into a faster player. You can reduce the load around your legs by up to 1500 kg during a normal game!

    You run an average of 15000 steps during a game. Normal shin guards can weigh 180 grams or more per pair. With the ultra- lightweight BdeS Shins weighing 80 grams per pair, you can save 100 grams per step thus resulting in up to 1500 kg per game! Your legs will be better heat-regulated! According to new acclaimed science reports, ventilation and cooling of your legs is a crucial factor in how much energy you consume.

    Your shins are a very important part of your body’s heat-regulating system! Better cooling will result in less carbon dioxide respiration, which directly corresponds to less energy consumption and increased strength. The ultra-breathable, non-moisture-absorbing and impact-protective foam edge is designed to optimize anatomic fit, improve ventilation, and improve hygiene. Offensive smells and bacteria-caused rashes and skin problems are now just memories of the past. Be the Best! BdeS™! ”

    You will find it att http://www.protecthead.com .

  18. Soccer Addict
    March 5, 2014

    I find a great thing that helps to (if you don’t want to wash them) is calf sleeves are cheap and easy to wash and stop the rash in a matter of weeks

  19. M. Martinez
    March 15, 2014

    I have washed both shinguards and cleat in the washer. Remove laces and pull out the tongues of the cleats so water will get in them. rinse any visible chunks of mud under running water, you can soak them in a bucket to loosen it up. Put shinguards in a mesh bag (the velcro gets stuck on everything) and laces in a separate mesh bag. Throw everything in the washer. You can through in an old towel too, to avoid the banging against the walls of the washer. I have tried it in both top loaders and front loaders. Through everything in the washer in the cold water normal cycle (or a bulky/bedding cycle if your washer has one). Dry in the sun, or inside close to a an AC vent.
    I always do this before donating any outgrown cleats or tennis shoes, they look like new! and smells are gone.

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