(Closed) Sunburn itch from hell. "Hell's itch!"

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 31
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2021

Ugh the worst part about Hell Itch is nobody knows what it is like. Because I’ve experienced this consistently every summer of the last 5 years of my life, I actually dread summer and the sun. I seem to get it more often than other sufferers online. For those that haven’t experienced it, it’s as if 1,000 razors are being pushed into concentrated parts of your body. I have actually tried to knock myself out and sufferers even consider suicide (I know I have). I really hope that people continue to give more research into this condition because it is the most horrifying and greatest pain I will probably ever experience in my lifetime. The insanity it produces is REAL and not only affects you physically, but actually degrades and destroys your mental health in the long term. The more I’ve had it, the less effective anti-histamines have been in treating it which has caused incredible grief. Extremely hot showers applied directly to the burned skin is by far the best remedy because it alleviates the pain and gives you your sanity. If you experience this itch I advise that you live in the shower for the next three days of your life.

Post # 33
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Wannabee

I’m really surprised to read that people have endured The Itch for hours !! I had it last night, it started all of a sudden on my chest, shoulders and back, and after a couple minutes the thought of throwing myself off from my 6th floor apartment not only crossed my head a lot of times times but did indeed sound like a good idea. Trying to keep my cool was just impossible, I totally panicked and thank God I had the idea of taking a cold shower, it helped alleviate the damn itch, which would come back as soon as I started to very carefully drying myself with a soft towel. Even that towel felt like a sandpaper on my skin. Then my wife googled that for me and told me take a boiling hot shower instead, which sounded like an insult to me as my sunburn is just a couple days old. But I did as she told me and, man!, that feeling of relief is undescribable, even with my poor burnt skin getting boiled. After 20 min or so I had the courage to turn off the shower and see what would happen then. Thank God that crazy itch was gone, I still felt – and still feel today – sparse and scattered stingings on my back and chest, but nothing that would compare with that torture. My wife mixed corn starch with cold water and poured that all over the affected areas and that seemed to have helped too. It was something of short duration but really really intense, and I recall having asked God to end my life or I would do that myself…. really insane, and other people understandably cannot imagine how horrible an itch can be, and sometimes tend to think we are overreacting. I had this once before, when I was 20, and now I’m nearly 50 and had forgotten how maddening that can be. If I’m ever going to a beach again it will be on a cold, overcast mid winter day. Or night.

Post # 35
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Wannabee

I have an urgent question at the bottom…In short, how long does this last, again?

GrannyPantiesRock – thank you so much. Funny thing is, until an hour ago I thought everyone got the Hell’s Itch. Clearly from my girlfriend’s look of bewilderment while convulsed around the room like a bull at a rodeo, it turns out I am one of unlucky few (I happen to be the whitest person on most beaches, if that has anything to do with it.)

I’ve only experienced this once before – I was 16 and crazy sunburnt whilst cycling in Denmark. I learnt my lesson, and have always take great care of my pasty white skin, knowing that this reaction is an inevitable consequence. That is until today, 14 years later.

I’m in Costa Rica right now, I knew the Hell’s Itch was coming since I got a substantial sunburn three days ago, but I was oblivious to your wisdom here. I’d been heavily applying aloe and the sort, but it seems as if a swim in the ocean three days later triggered the onslaught. Thank you so much, I was getting nowhere with a cold shower and more aloe, the hot shower has worked like a charm! I cannot beleive it stopped! I have just hit up the benedryl and I hope to track down peppermint oil, vicks, or some other menthol based ointment tonight. Thank you, thank you – I remember crying as a sixteen year-old, trying to bathe in calamine lotion and stil helpless. Was a horrible two/three days I have never forgotten, obviously.

The question that I have results from my foggy memory about how long this will last. If I am able to secure menthol ointment, how long should I expect to treat this before I am clear? I seem to remember sweat being an awful added ingredient and have a hike planned the day after tomorrow. Should I cancel my plans and resign myself to staying by the hot shower and other ailments for the remaining 2 1/2 days of the holiday?

Post # 36
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Helper bee

Oh man, is it ever a nightmare! I went through this a couple years ago – I was photosensitive from a medication I was on and hadn’t been in the sun for long, but got a sunburn unlike any I’ve had in my entire life.

You really do feel like a maniac. After showering and lotioning (before Googling of course), I ran around my house topless and crying until eventually finding cool, soothing relief on the tiled kitchen floor. 

NEVER AGAIN.

Post # 37
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Busy bee

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GrannyPantiesRock:  It has a name!!! This happened to me on a trip to St Thomas a few years ago. I stupidly fell asleep on a beach my first day there. I felt like I was dying the whole vacation. It itches it burns it stings… It felt like I was constantly being bit by mosquitos 🙁

Post # 39
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Wannabee

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GrannyPantiesRock:  

This post was an absoloute lifesaver!

I frantically started googling while comically jumping and jittering and shouting and saying why over and over! I can confirm first hand as well “goop” is a bad idea. My itching went from unbearable to suicidal after i applied E45 moisturiser.

The only thing i could do at 3am was take a boiling hot shower as advised. After one 10 min session no difference then i repeated it. A little better. Repeated it 4 times in all then it cleared almost completely. Went to the supermarket then at 4:30am and bought benadryl and been taking them now for 4 days. The itch hasnt come back and now my burns are peeling so i think i am through it and survived!

Once again thank you very much for this post. Without people like you and good ol’ google to be able to find this post i would of well and truely been screwed!

Post # 41
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Wannabee

People listen up if u have it. Probably not since people that have it cannot possibly type. I just went from a suicidal or murderous torture level of excruciating hell sizzling torture to calm instantly because I think I figured a nice secret out!  I’m serious I was ready to stab a fork through my arm and cut with a knife it was MF HELL LIKE NOBODY SHOULD EVER EXPERIENCE. HERE’S IS THE SHORT STORY LISTEN UP! IT SEEMS TO HAPPEN WHEN U TAKE OFF YOUR SHIRT. WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS THIS….

 

PUT 2 OR 3 LAYERS OVER CLOTHS BACK ON DONT USE CREAMS. JUST  STOP THE AIR FROM HITTING IT DIRECTLY. IT’S LIKE GIVING OXYGEN TO A FIRE MAKES IT BIGGER. IM TELLING U IT FIXED ME INSTANTLY ALMOST! COVER THE TORTURE WITH. SWEATSHIRTS AND BLANKETS OR SOMETHING NOT TOO ITCHY AND MAYBE EVEN WORK UP A SWEAT! I TRULY DESPERATELY HOPE THIS HELPS IT SURE DID ME! PLEASE WEAR SUNSCREEN I LOVE U ALL I ALMOST KILLED MYSELF BEFORE I DISCOVERED THIS. MY PAIN STARTED AFTER I PULLED MY SHIRT OFF AFTER WEARING IT ALL DAY. I WAS EXPOSED TO HEAVY SUNLIGHT 53 HRS AGO.

 

Bless u all please try this!

Post # 42
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Wannabee

People listen up if u have it. Probably not since people that have it cannot possibly type. I just went from a suicidal or murderous torture level of excruciating hell sizzling torture to calm instantly because I think I figured a nice secret out!  I’m serious I was ready to stab a fork through my arm and cut with a knife it was MF HELL LIKE NOBODY SHOULD EVER EXPERIENCE. HERE’S IS THE SHORT STORY LISTEN UP! IT SEEMS TO HAPPEN WHEN U TAKE OFF YOUR SHIRT. WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS THIS….   PUT 2 OR 3 LAYERS OVER CLOTHS BACK ON DONT USE CREAMS. JUST  STOP THE AIR FROM HITTING IT DIRECTLY. IT’S LIKE GIVING OXYGEN TO A FIRE MAKES IT BIGGER. IM TELLING U IT FIXED ME INSTANTLY ALMOST! COVER THE TORTURE WITH. SWEATSHIRTS AND BLANKETS OR SOMETHING NOT TOO ITCHY AND MAYBE EVEN WORK UP A SWEAT! I TRULY DESPERATELY HOPE THIS HELPS IT SURE DID ME! PLEASE WEAR SUNSCREEN I LOVE U ALL I ALMOST KILLED MYSELF BEFORE I DISCOVERED THIS. MY PAIN STARTED AFTER I PULLED MY SHIRT OFF AFTER WEARING IT ALL DAY. I WAS EXPOSED TO HEAVY SUNLIGHT 53 HRS AGO.   Bless u all please try this!

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Post # 43
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Wannabee

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ac16259:  to clarify what I just wrote: put clothes on over the itchy area and it will stop getting air flow and stop itching. I’m seriouslike never before do this and u will want to give me everything u own after it stops the torture

Post # 44
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2003

Just take a bath with the water as hot as u can stand. I just had hells itch and I freaked out. For me taking a bath is always better. So I took one and now I feel fine. 

 

 

ps- it won’t completely take the itch away you might feel it one in a while but it won’t be as bad

 

Post # 45
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Wannabee

EVERYONE, THERE IS AN OINTMENT THAT WILL WORK! IT IS NOXZEMA! I HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS BURNING ITCH TWICE IN THE LAST YEAR AND BOTH TIMES NOXZEMA ALMOST INSTANTLY STARTED TO RELIEVE THE ITCH! IT WON’T GET RID OF IT RIGHT AWAY, BUT MY GOODNESS IT MAKES IT BEARABLE. GO BUY NOXZEMA!!!!!!!!

NOXZEMA!!!!!!!!!!

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