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How To Deal with Painful Sunburn Itch

June 7, 2017

A couple of years ago my cousin and I went to the pool. Being naive, I decided I didn’t need sunscreen and my Irish-white-as-a-vampire skin protested very angrily for the next 3-4 days. I’ve experienced this sunburn pain more than once but this last instance made me get very serious about sunscreen, hats and a cover up if I’m going to be in the sun for extended periods of time.

If you’ve never experienced it, you might not know what I’m talking about when I say “crazy sunburn itch”. It feels like bugs crawling beneath your skin with a painful itch. It goes beyond that burning feeling and into the realm of “I’m losing my mind”. Scratching just makes it a hundred times worse.

To try and alleviate it I used:

Day 1: The first day it wasn’t as horrible. I kept applying Aloe Vera that I had been keeping in the fridge and then laying a wet hand towel on my back while laying on my stomach.
Day 2: I was fine. My skin was a little tight and stung a little but nothing is bad compared to day 3.
Day 3: Different things work for different people of course but for me, every time I had an itch attack I had to shower or take a bath. As soon as I came out I would slather on Aloe Vera  and then spray on some Solarcaine. Then I tossed on my T-shirt to avoid air exposure to the skin. I took Ibuprofen and followed the directions for dosage that are on the back. I just had to keep repeating this process throughout the day.

Note: Make sure you are not allergic to Aloe Vera before you put it on a large area. It will only make the pain worse. And of course only take ibuprofin if you know you won’t have a reaction to it. I’ve also heard that taking Benadryl helps, but I didn’t try that myself. To clarify – I’m not a doctor and nothing in this post should be taken as medical advice.

I hope this helps some of you sunburn itch sufferers out there! If you know of other or more effective ways to treat this, comment below!

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  • Nicole Helgason

    Nice! I love using fresh aloe. Just cut down the side of the leaf removing the spiny strip then lay your knife flat under the top of the leaf. Then I like to cut into the fruit using a crosshatch pattern and it’s ready to spread over your body 😀

    June 14, 2017 at 9:20 AM Reply
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