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Old 07-25-2005, 10:15 AM   #1
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Sunburn and intense itching...

Hi everyone...

Does anyone else have a problem when they get a sunburn (even a minor one) that about 2 days after it itches severely?

I have been sunburned - I have very fair, Irish, skin and burn even with sunscreen - twice this year and both times I have had such severe itching that it made me bawl crying. This happened Saturday night and my poor b/f was ready to take me to the hospital.

I have never had this before this I just weird or is there anyone else like this?

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Old 07-25-2005, 06:24 PM   #2
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I have had that before. I am very fair skinned and I got burned and the next evening the itching got so bad that I felt like I had bugs crawling on me, I took a scorching hot shower (on top of sun-burn) and it didn't even hurt cause I itched so much. I went to the emergency room and found out I had sun-poison. And this happened 6yrs ago and I have never sunbathed again. I do sunless all the way.

Old 07-25-2005, 07:21 PM   #3
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Re: Sunburn and intense itching...

My son had the same thing, and the Dr. also told him it was sun poisoning.

Old 07-26-2005, 10:19 PM   #4
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Re: Sunburn and intense itching...

I always get itchiness a couple days after a bad sunburn. I always figured it was caused by the healing process. My skin always itches whenever it's healing--whether after a sunburn or surgery or even a cut or scrape. You might try an aloe-based or oatmeal-based lotion. But a severe sunburn needs to be seen by a doctor. Remember to drink plenty of water.

Old 07-27-2005, 05:08 AM   #5
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Re: Sunburn and intense itching...

I also have fair skin that can itch when I get sunburned. I got a mild sunburn on vacation this year and rubbed some Palmer's Cocoa Butter lotion into the burn every night. My skin didn't itch at all and I never even peeled. The burn just healed without any problems. Mind you this was a mild sunburn..a bad burn with severe itching should be checked out by a doctor.

Old 07-27-2005, 09:23 AM   #6
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Re: Sunburn and intense itching...

I get the same thing from tanning, use hydrocortisone cream 1% apply to effected areas, it should take care of the itching. If it persists, you should see your doctor.

Old 07-27-2005, 09:25 AM   #7
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Use hydrocortisone cream 1% works great

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