Post # 1
wrapped up a blanket and slathered with aloe vera. I got *the* worst sunburn ever today. Face, shoulders, back, chest, and the worst are my thighs, both front and back. They feel like porcupines are using them as water slides. I’ve got chills and threw up a little, but no fever. The aloe helps for a little while and advil only takes the edge off. I’m miserable.
What do you ladies do for bad sunburns (that aren’t doctor-worthy)?
Post # 3
We all went to the beach tuesday after our final exam, and finishing nursing school…I FEEL YOUR PAIN!!! My whole body is the same color as a well done lobster tail!!! I’ve had the lotion in the fridge, (ocean potion with aloe), and my mom has an aloe plant in her backyard…other then that I’m suffering!
Post # 4
I remember getting a terrible sunburn when I was a teenager. It was only on my back. My grandmom used white vinegar on a washcloth to help relieve the pain.
You can spray it on your if you have a clean spray bottle or put a washcloth on the sunburn. Don’t rub the skin though.
Post # 5
@pharmy: I would say “hugs” but . . . um . . . no, that won’t help you. The only thing I can think of you’re already doing – aloe and advil.
I hope you feel better soon.
Post # 6
Oh no! I glob on lots of aloe and lay still but you’re already doing that. Do you think having a cool bath would help at all? It might just dry out your skin so maybe that’s not the best idea. I hope you heal quickly. Drink lots of water!
Post # 7
Oh dear! I’m mixed-race and hardly ever got sunburned as a kid, then got the WORST sunburn about a year ago. “Am I going to DIE?” I moaned at my DH. He looked at me and was like, “THat’s it. I’m revoking your white-race membership.”
I don’t know much but I was told that aloe vera actually isn’t the greatest remedy because it tends to sit on the skin and prevent it from breathing. Instead, DH gave me ibuprofen and put a bowl of cold water next to me with a washcloth. I’d use the washcloth as a compress and when it got too warm from my skin, I’d re-dunk it. Don’t know if it actually DOES anything, but it feels better. Oh–and chilled water is good, but don’t go for ice. That will probably be too harsh on the skin.
Post # 8
One time I got a bad burn the first time I went in the sun after using a new medication. Brutal. I took ibuprofen to numb the pain a little. And avoided the shower. And gently put aloe and after sun lotion on by lightly patting my skin, not rubbing. Basically I had to wait it out.
Sorry I don’t have any better remedies. Hang in there girl.
Post # 9
Ugh, I was afraid that waiting it out would be the only real option 🙁
I think I might try soaking in a cold tub, or the cold compress suggestion. My skin is frickin’ ablaze right now.
Never. Again. I even re-applied my sunscreen (SPF 35) every 30ish minutes. Nada.
Post # 10
@pharmy: did you check the expiration date on the bottle? Sunscreen doesn’t last all that long, unfortunately.
So sorry you’re feeling bad! Sunburn is the worst. Can you run some icecubes on it? That seems to help DH when he burns.
Post # 11
Aloe that has been stored in the fridge and cool baths. Make sure to stay hydrated!
ETA: When I have gotten bad sunburns, I would lay face down on the bed (they were usually on my back), slather myself with the cooled aloe and have a fan blowing directly on my body. The aloe makes it feel even cooler and ahhhh…
Post # 12
Can you have someone go out and get you that spray that has a numbing agent in it? I think it has lidocaine maybe? Yes, I just did a Google search and it’s called Solarcaine. You spray it on so there’s no rubbing, and it has aloe + lidocaine. It feels nice and cool going on, plus it numbs the skin. I love that stuff when I get burned.
Post # 13
@Nurse_Bee: I always store my aloe in the fridge, it feels so refreshing!
Post # 14
Happened to me once. Same like you are describing. This sounds very weird but my roomate at the time said to take a tea bath. So i filled the tub with tea bags and soaked for a long time. It totally helped!! It was really sooting even though the water was a gross color. Hang in there! Hope you feel better.
Post # 15
I swear by calamine lotion. So cooling and cheaper than other after-suns.
Post # 16
I second the tea suggestion! It’s so weird but it does help…you can also just make a bowl of tea and dip a wash cloth in and lay it on your skin if you don’t actually want to take a bath.
Also, another thing that helps is slathering on coconut oil. You do have to put on old clothes so it doesn’t get anything greasy but it helps keep your skin from drying out and helps it heal more quickly.