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

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Post # 46
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  • Wedding: December 2012

100% correct! It was absolutely brutal and probably one of the worst feelings I’ve ever had in my life! Mistakenly showers right before bed about 48 hours after the burn and was not able to fall asleep for the life of me because of the deadly itch. It is an unbearable feeling, not pain, it is just such an uncomfortable feeling.  Had a conversation with a buddy who also had it before and he said he wouldn’t wish it upon his worst enemy.  You almost wish you were dead, I guess that’s why they call it the “Devils itch”.

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GrannyPantiesRock:   I currently have this now and this is by far the worst pain and experiance I have ever had, and trust me I have been thorough some pain before and nothing comes close to this.

This started about 4 hours ago (approximately 48 hours after my burn) It first started off as a sharp burning sensation which soon led to feeling like being constantly stabbed with burning hot razor blades (no exaggeration). It drove me insane jumping about not knowing what to do and not knowing how the pain came on so quick, untill I read this post which helped a great deal, the best solution I have found which is a MUST is to get some BENADRYL take one as soon as you can, snd to have a HOT SHOWER, this shower will be your best friend for as long as you need it to be. at first it stings like a B***h excuse my French but it does, but once that’s out the way it is the greatest relief you will feel. Once out the shower I applied some calamine cream which I layered on which feels as though it takes the remandier off the stinging away, I still feel some sharp stinging pain now but nothing as close as before.

i hope this helps anyone with this hells itch cause i wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

Post # 48
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i had the hells itch about a month ago and for 4 days it was complete hell I asked my mom if she could shoot me or run me over or strangle me to death because all of you know who have had it , think about suicide too. For me peppermint oil and benadryl and the peppermint oil seems to be making it worse but after screaming for 3 minutes you will be so happy you did and then pop a Benadryl every 3 1/2 hours so it has time to get in your system before the previous one wears off and wear a Coton shirt and it helps a lot trust me and then you will finally get your sleep back after peppermint oil , benadyrl , a 100% cotton t shirt! Welcome I feel so bad for whomever had it…. I know it sucks…..

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Hey, I know how you feel. Honestly, I’ve had hell’s itch one other time in my life. And that was as a kid. I vaguely remember how it felt too.

Last Thursday I went swimming. Took my shirt off because I had some sunblock. So I used sunblock once, dried off about an hour later, re applied. I was there for about 5 hours total. So of course, I got carried away, lost track of time, and forgot to keep re applying. 

Came home, noticed my face was burned, no big deal. Started messing around, shirt slipped up a little, and the girlfriend said “uh, babe,lift your shirt again” so I did. My stomach was burned. (First time in my life by the way) She told me to turn around and show her my back. Yep. Burned. ALL over. Man I was regretting life right about then. Because I knew withing 48-72 hours, I’d be in for it. 

48 hours rolled by, and “IT” started. I started counting my blessings and repeatedly yelling at myself for being such an idiot. This time around, I did some research on this damn thing. So I never applied ANYTHING to my back when this itch started. Still haven’t. (I’m peeling now, thank God) When the hell’s itch kicked in at about 2 pm, I was in such discomfort it wasn’t even funny. I couldn’t do ANYTHING. Nothing could begin to keep my mind off the itch. I knew not to scratch it so I was using the sides of my index fingers to rub the spot. If you’ve ever had this shit, it is damn near IMPOSSIBLE to not scratch it. You HAVE to do something to it. People who think it’s just an “itch” need to reconsider. This isn’t just an itch. This will make you cry and honestly make you go completely insane. It is the worst experience I’ve ever had in my life. Luckily for me the intense part of it only lasted about 15-20 hours. Then it started subsiding. Still itched like crazy, but definitely NOT the intense pain/sharp shooting itch type. 

But all in all, I found a solution myself. Showers did not work for me, they just set me on fire (not literally) . Benadryl didnt help me at all either. BUT peppermint oil (NOT diluted) helped. But here’s the best way I was able to cope with this shit. Put a decently loose shirt on. And repeatedly move your shoulders up and down. It will “scratch” your back without pissing off your nerve endings that cause that intense itch. It’s worth a try. And it’s literally the easiest to do. But the hardest to do, is to NOT scratch it. It’s literally impossible. 

My conclusion is simply this. Wear sunblock if you absolutely have to go without a shirt. If you get hell’s itch, it’s probably because you’re burning too easily or not meant to tan that well. Who cares how tan you are. It’s better to be pale as hell, than to ever have hell’s itch. From now on, I’m keeping my shirt on outside. Forget the sunblock. I won’t expose myself anymore. Lesson learned

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GrannyPantiesRock:  I had hells itch for the 3rd time last week on my back…. and today I got a decent burn on my chest and I’m nervous it will happen again have any suggestions what I can do to prevent it from happening?

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  • Wedding: July 2016

I am currently experiencing hells itch, and it is one of the worst pains imaginable, everything on this thread is 100% correct. I have been awake since 2am tossing and turning in bed to try and scratch but nothing seemed to work, at breakfast I was jumping and hopping around, and everybody thought I was a right weirdo and I thought I was going insane. Before I knew what it was it tried aloe, antihistamine cream and vinegar and nothing eased the pain, a boiling hot shower was the only thing that worked, and A hairdryer (set to the hottest setting and all over my back and shoulders)- the soothing sensation was the best feeling, next I’m going to try peppermint oil and hopefully this will ease the pain once and for all – if you ever experience this, I feel your pain, wouldn’t wish it upon anyone !!

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There’s a condition like this that develops on the arms and legs called aquagenic pruritus. It happens after bathing or with exposure to humidity or sweating. Many people claim it started for them after a sunburn, but it never goes away. The itch is unbearable, exactly how you described. Benadryl and super hot showers can help. Good luck to everyone!

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100% pure therapeutic grade Peppermint essential oil. Trust me, people. This is the second time I’ve had this. The first time I didn’t know what to do so I just writhed around in agony,  crying and screaming at everyone. Taking constant showers, which only made it worse. lol this time I read somewhere to try it and oh sweet baby Jesus it worked. Unbelievable. Within 10 minutes 95% of the itch was gone and stayed gone all night as I slept. Nobody understands this affliction so I’m sorry if you’re going through it! Also, don’t shower unless you absolutely have to! The shower sets it off for me. Good luck everyone!

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GrannyPantiesRock :  I got sun burn June 26 2016 today is July 17 2016 I have been itching so bad it’s under my skin it feels like I have little piss ants crawling over me I itch in burn I’ve been using aloe with Menthol in it it works for a little bit and then it stops but then it comes right back after about 2 hours I feel like taking a razor blade and just cutting it because it itches so bad I have it on my shoulders my arms my chest and legs the itch will not go away

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GrannyPantiesRock :  I’ve had this, and personally, cool oatmeal and black tea baths were the only things that helped. I bought a shit tonne of cheapass black tea and just dumped it in the bath and would sit there for hours, lol.

Post # 59
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  • Wedding: December 2016

Omg, I had never heard of this until I googled “sunburn itch attack”, because I was having one! Crazy!!. Good to know it is a thing. My first approach was

COLD SHOWER. It helped until you start to dry up with a towel, which in fact rubs your skin, creating more itching. so

DO NOT USE TOWEL TO DRY (EQUAL TO SCRATCHING YOURSELF). Then, I took a

IBUPROFEN (because I had nothing for alergies like BENEDRYL). Then, I put

MOISTURIZING CREAM (because I had no ALOE VERA, which I read is useful). But by far the

BEST TRICK IS TO CALM DOWN,

FIND A DISTRACTION (in my case, I continued working on my thesis)

AND NEVER EVER SCRATCH YOURSELF. After 5 minutes if intense pain, I managed to subdue it. It has been 4 hours since the attack started and I still feel it in my skin – a constant itch and a strong desire to scratch. But it is under control. As soon as I scratch, it hurts badly, so back to the beginning…

IT WILL BECOME TOLERABLE VERY SOON. It will be there still, but ignore it.

(excuse the capital letters and message structure but when you are having a panic attack you have no patience to read full posts. I tell you this by first hand experience)

 

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Kandykane : NOOOOO!!   DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT use ALOE  or after sun lotions like the one I just used made by Banana Boat. I didn’t know it until I figured it out and then read it here on the Web but I thought I had a typical sunburn and figured I’d use the lotion, and THAT seemed to bring on the HELL ITCH. And yes it is the worst thing ever close to actually being burnt by fire probably, I’m going thru it now and it is awful. From what I’ve experienced and read today I guess the aloe or the other stuff in the lotion clogs your pores and whatever is in the lotion triggers the itching and gets UNBEARABLE for me for at least 30 minutes straight. I’m a tough guy as far as taking pain and this had me calling the ER. Please listen people and pass the word, I’m going to try the peppermint oil I’m reading here about and just read about the VICS vapor rub but I will never use the aloe lotions again. I also noticed that when it was happening it brought on immediate peeling of the skin on my back while the itching started but after taking a hot shower and with no lotion it seems to have partially calmed down, and no peeling at this moment. I also read there is alcohol in the Banana Boat After Sun lotion, so not sure if that is a problem too. I’m 40 and tan very well, and have been sunburned a couple times in my life but NEVER have had this HELL’S  ITCH and don’t understand why now it’s happening.If anyone can say, one thing I’m curious about is this past week about 4 days ago I did a hair wax removal session of my back and butt and shortly after I used a product they sold me for preventing ingrown hairs, made by Ultraskin,  that does warn of sunburn, but I haven’t used it for several days before sun exposure and also not really on the exact area I’m getting the HELL’S ITCH the most. But if this is the root cause, I still know that the lotion brings on the itch. Any new info is HIGHLY recommended 

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