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Old 06-10-2011, 03:39 AM   #1
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Location: arizona
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severe sunburn

Hello Everyone,
I need your guys' help. On Monday, June 6th, I was badly sunburnt from swimming outside for 4 hours in my pool. I live in Arizona and it was well over the 100's here. I normally-even though it is very stupid of me- don't apply sunscreen to anywhere but my face, but my pool that day was so cold and refreshing, and I wasn't planning on being outside so long, that I avoided sunscreen altogether. That was my mistake. While I was swimming, after a couple of hours, I started to hurt on my face, and my shoulders, and eventually decided that I was starting to fry and I should get out. Once I did I had gone inside and noticed that I was slightly red, but not horrible. I immediately went upstairs and put some aloe on my face and shoulders. By the evening time, I was starting to hurt-badly. I was crying, and my Dad was really concerned about me because I was so red that he claimed I had most likely burn through 5 layers of skin easily.
I'm pretty positive I have 2nd degree burns, no doubt about it.
For the next couple of days, I continued applying aloe, on both my face and my shoulders/back where I was severely burnt. The second day wasn't too bad, but the third day about brought me close to heading to the ER. My skin would burn every time aloe came near it, and on the first night I was burnt I had also tried the vinegar treatment. It worked, until I took a shower and washed it all off. I tried using it again the second night and it burned my skin.
As of right now Aloe, works on my shoulders, but my face is a totally different story. My shoulders are still very red, and both are stiffer than a wooden board, which is painful, and they are covered in blisters as well.
My face as of today, has started peeling. And its not the normal peeling that your skin does when you have a sunburn. This is skin falling off and leaving raw skin behind. Basically it looks like a bunch of red blotches all over my face. Its very painful and considering today is about my fifth day of dealing with the sunburn, and i'm not feeling really any better, and seem to be getting worse, I'm concerned about what to do. My mom isn't exactly wonderful and refuses to let me go see a doctor about something that I have to "suck and get over because I did this to myself".
So here's my question: What should I do? Any home remedies that you can suggest--especially for the raw skin. I am very pale and have fair skin and my burns are very sensitive to products that are supposed to relieve the burn but for me seem to intensify it.
I'm running out of ideas, and I would like to accelerate this healing process as much as possible. Its not fun being stuck in bed or on a couch because it hurts to just even barely touch my arms and face.
So like I said,
any suggestions?


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