“Hell Itch” (The Itch After Sunburn)
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As you may know, the other day I spent a great deal of time cutting tall grass in my grandmother’s yard. During the long process of making my grandmother’s house look less like an abandon house, I took my shirt off in the hot sun. Wow was that a huge mistake! I now have what some people would call “hell itch”
I have very pale skin with freckles (That’s my Irish!). I was so pale that I thought it would be a good idea to get a little sun, I was ever so wrong. I did get burned, something I knew would happen. I was prepared to deal with the uncomfort accompanied with sun burn. I normally burn easy, and then my burn turns to a tan.
My normal process of getting a complexion that is less pale is:
2.) Apply Coco butter
3.) Allow a week to heal
For me sunburn is only something of an annoyance. Sure it hurts, but I’ve dealt with it my whole life. I’ve built up a high tolerance to the pain of sunburn. The day I got burned I sent my girlfriend a text to pick some coco butter up from work (She works at a pharmacy). She sent me a reply saying that aloe is much better for sun burn. I never used aloe for sunburn before, but who am I to argue? besides everything on Google pointed in that direction. It did seem to help with the burning sensation and my redness become a little less pronounced.
As of today my skin is red and the burning feeling is not really there. This time it is different. The pain has come and gone. Now I have this uncontrollable itch. Well I can’t be too sure, but I attribute this to the fact that I didn’t use any coco butter this time.
I did an extensive google search, and I have tried many suggestions. I tried vinegar, baby powder, and even Benadryl.
The baby powder was useless, as was the vinegar. I think it even made it worse. I received about an hour of relief after taking Benadryl. It’s been about 3 hours, I can’t take another dose for a little while.
A lot of comments on the web suggested peppermint oil. My girlfriend seems to think that the inch is not that bad, so she isn’t willing to run out and get the peppermint oil for me. It has been an hour since I started writing this. I have to stop ever 10 seconds to flail and fidget.
I’m going to sign off now and go roll around on some gravel. If you have any hints or tips for relief of “Hell Itch”, please post a comment.
Allen Xander Slue