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

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 62
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Wannabee

Just getting over this today and I wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone for posting advice, because Just like everyone else, I’ve never heard of “hells itch” until it was too late. Like you all, I wanted to add anything I could since science hasn’t accepted this yet. I’ll skip all the “how I got here’s” and get to the info. First and foremost, DO NOT USE ALOES, SPRAYS, OR COOLING GELS!!! This is contrary to instinct, but the overall concenses from those of us who have been through this horrible experience is that it makes it worse! The other unfortunate truth to save you some time is that although some people have experienced a temporary releif one way or another (i.e. A&D creams, benadryl creams, covering yourself in head and shoulders) there is no good way to remove the pain, only manage it. Start by taking Advil to help with inflammation, and turn off the air conditioning and stay out of the fridge because the cold just makes it angry. Now the good part, AVEENO OATMEAL BATH, let me repeat that AVEENO OATMEAL BATH!!! As a matter of fact, if you don’t have it, send someone to go get it while you continue to read (and probably spasm and jerk while you try to breath through this). While they’re at the store, make sure they grab: apple cider vinegar, advil, a sleep aid, Allegra allergy med(more on that later) and one of those electric heating pads. I’m sure right now you could care less about how much you’re about to spend.

I have read that people have utilized the oatmeal bath and had good results, but then chose to turn to another treatment and suffer the rest of the day….. WHY??? The second I layed down into that HOT oatmeal bathtub, I almost cried from the immediate relief. I also added a few heavy handed shots of the vinegar. Now the trick is just don’t get out of that bath! Have someone bring you food, lots of water (to re-hydrate the skin), and a tv because leaving that HOT water will be a mistake. If you need to get out for any reason, make sure you run barely tolerable HOT water on the affected area (probably your back) for a few minutes. This will buy you about 20-30 minutes before it starts to itch again…. then get back in that HOT bath. After you get to a point that it appears to be getting just a little bit better, and you realized that heat is your new best friend, now comes the heating pad. Put that heating pad on the itchy area, and wrap a towel around it to really trap that heat in. This was how I was finally able to sleep for the first time. I didn’t sleep all too well, but I did sleep and that’s what’s important. By the next day(today) I felt 90% better. The last 10% was very tolerable compared to yesterday. Here’s where the Allegra comes in, the small dosage of antihistamine combined with Advil was more than enough to get me back to work today. It’s also good advice to get a good dose of vitamins in to assist with the regeneration of new skin cells. Good luck and try to keep your chin up, it should only last about 24hours!

Post # 63
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Wannabee

It’s 7 am and I’m not going anywhere today. I have only slept in between 2 and 5 in the morning and I want to kill myself. After I managed to fall asleep at around 2 with the itch being slightly more tolerable, I woke up almost screaming from the new wave of itch. Took hot/cold showers. Took some painkillers. It helped a bit, but I still wanna blow my brains out. Serves me right for being an idiot and not applying sunscreen. 

Post # 65
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 1992

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GrannyPantiesRock :  I haven’t slept in 2 daya I can’t take it getting in hot water and applying peppermint oil helps? i tried 4 different creme,sprays dose not help I’m considering smoking weed will that help numb the itch

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Post # 67
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’m really feeling crazy at the moment. I couldn’t sleep a wink last night due to hell’s itch. I’m drinking loads of water  to compensate. I just want this gone. I’ve tried hydrocortisone cream which did nothing. I popped ibuprofen and a tablet with a secondary antihistamine. I clearly never learn! I’m so tired.

Post # 69
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Wannabee

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GrannyPantiesRock :   Wow thank you for this advice, best read ever since did my research online  for the past few days, I have been dying sleep and working like a zombie and keeping scratching myself for days, it’s intense pain ever had in awhile, it’s like getting your tattoos done all over your body lol. Thank you so much for this, I will try it out. Benadryl and hot shower is my new friend. P.S….instead peppermint oil, I have used Tea Tree Oil seems to work fine so far, it’s what the alternatives I have at home. 

Post # 71
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

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GrannyPantiesRock :  nothing worked so I just had to endure it. Everyone kept asking if I was OK so clearly showing my discomfort in my face. 

 

I did have a few hot showers extremely hot and didn’t help. 

Post # 72
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Wannabee

On a recent trip to gran canaria I had slight sunburn which is nothing like I have had before, then two days after i returned home I had this hells inch.  The best way to describe it is biting and stinging insects under your skin. I have a high pain threshold but this was like nothing I’ve ever felt before. I tried natural cold yogurt and also cold shower and towels which relived it for about ten minutes.  Then I find this site and tried the hot shower. It’s definitely more effective than cold testament. And made it more bearable. Thanks

Post # 74
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Wannabee

I recently got a really bad burn twice and experienced hella itch. and it’s really hell, no lie. But I found a cure. I was taking a blazing hot shower and had ran out of options and was desperate, so I decided to experiment. I scrubbed lightly and rinsed all the burnt areas with selsun blue anti dandruff shampoo, two times. After I got out of the shower I lightly dabbed all the affected areas to dry and immediately applied cetaphil non-scented lotion. And I’m about 10 to 15 mins after. The itch was gone. I know how bad this is, it made me go insane. So I hope this helps someone else out. But honestly just apply sunscreen and don’t have to deal with it. I promise you will regret not applying it in the first place. Hope this helps!!! 

Post # 75
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Wannabee

Im feeling this rn and i wanna kill myself becaus its 3 am and i got nothing but aloe vera and i used so much it hurts more

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