Sunburn itch from hell. "Hell's itch!"

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

I have never experienced this and I have never heard of it, but I am very glad to have been made aware of it by your post.

If I ever come across someone who has this problem, I’ll know how to help them out now, and I’ll be able to tell them what to look for. 

Post # 3
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Worker bee

I’m not a doctor but it sounds a lot like exceptionally bad sunburn I had as a teenager, they called it “sun poisoning”.  If I recall its essentially akin to a degreed burn that you’d get from fire etc.  I’d head to the doctor for an evaluation.  

 

EDIT: I misread this post – I just realized that this isn’t a current situation you’re experiencing, I read it as such. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  2ndTimeForWe.
Post # 5
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Wannabee

This hit me on my back on my last day in Hawaii and I was freaking out because I couldn’t get it to stop and it progressively hurt more and more. I hopped into a hot shower just to make it stop hurting and stopped panicking. It helped a little and then I put wet paper towels on my back and shoulders and kept replacing them once they started to itch again. I started Googling it and found this Hell’s Itch that matched the description perfectly. A friend went to the store and got me Vicks vapor rub (the Target generic version) and Benedryl. I took the Benedryl right away and put on the vapor rub and it alleviated the pain immediately. It’s been about 2 hours as of now and it feels so much better. I have a 6 hour flight coming up so I’m hoping to sleep it off and then rely on the vapor rub for the next day or so! 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

SavannahK:  There’s a blue sunburn relief bottle they sell at the ABCs stores in Hawaii. Its Aloe and something else. It really helps!!! 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

I normally soak a washrag in milk and let that sit on my burns. The cold helps with the swelling and the milk helps to moisturize. 

Post # 10
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Wannabee

I have Hell’s itch right now. And no. It is not sun poisoning. I barely got pink. I did not know what was going on until I started reading a few posts by people with the same experience.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2017

If I know I’m risking a sunburn at all, I start popping Benadryl before. Then, hot towels on the area, followed by either peppermint or menthol based anything. I used the menthol out of desperation a few years ago, but it’s worked well enough if I’ve been worshipping the Benadryl. I’m the one during/after bike runs who has the Benadryl. Most are just bad sunburns, but unfortunately it seems like there’s always one who is reacting. Honestly, I can usually tell by how burned they are. Barely pink and can’t stand it – Hell Itch.

That being said, I’ve had it twice, and several sun burns since. I burn easily and sweat off sun block faster than I reapply. If I’m good about preloading Benadryl, I burn. The one time I didn’t, Hell Itch was right back. Still, I do not recommend any repeated rounds. It’s really a very dangerous reaction. Which is why my doctor has me carry some very potent drugs in case I repeat again. 

Post # 13
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Worker bee

I’m in for it i just know it…I’m going on day 3 of a horrid sunburn right now….looks like bf is heading out for some benadryl and peppermint oil.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Yeah, I actually carry laminated cards with information on avoiding typical sunburn treatments if I suspect it’s a histamine reaction vs sunburn. It’s hell for three/four days, but if you avoid treatment like it’s a sun burn from the start, it’s not as awful. It’s itchy as all get out, but it wasn’t use napalm to burn my skin off bad. 

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