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The first sunburn of the season, and I am on fire!

post #1 of 10
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I work at a garden center and was so busy today that I failed to notice I was starting to burn, I mean really burn! Put the sunblock on to late and now I'm on fire!
So I went to the corner store to get some aloe and they were like "What happened?!" They felt so bad for me they gave me the aloe for free! That was so nice!
But I really am on fire and there is not hot water, I mean not even warm water, so I can't take a shower! I need to cool down and wash the dirt off but I don't need to freeze!
post #2 of 10
Oh no!!! Hope you cool off soon!

hope the sunburn doesn't last too long or isn't to painful/itchy ect!
post #3 of 10
I always keep some noxema lotion and aloe vera stuff in the refrigerator for that specific reason!!

Do you have some medicated powder that you could use as well?? Esp to spread some on the bed sheets tonite! Just a cool washcloth and some pain reliever may help as well.

Hope you feel better tomorrow.
post #4 of 10
I would take some anti-inflammatory like aspirin or ibuprofen for the pain and inflammation of the burn. Tylenol will help with pain but is not an anti-inflammatory.

Do you have any cortisone cream? That will help too.

Cool compresses will also help with the pain and discomfort.

From the Mayo Clinic:
Signs and symptoms of sunburn usually appear within a few hours of exposure, bringing pain, redness, swelling and occasional blistering. Because exposure often affects a large area of your skin, sunburn can cause headache, fever and fatigue.

If you have a sunburn:

Take a cool bath or shower. Adding 1/2 cup (about 120 milliliters) of cornstarch, oatmeal or baking soda to your bath water may provide some relief.
Apply an aloe vera lotion several times a day.
Leave blisters intact to speed healing and avoid infection. If they burst on their own, apply an antibacterial ointment on the open areas.
If needed, take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Aleve) or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others).

Do not use petroleum jelly, butter or other home remedies on your sunburn. They can prevent or delay healing.

If your sunburn begins to blister or if you experience
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice! I am about to take a mild hot shower, open my pores and remove the oily sunblock and dirt. Then apply raw aloe, from the plant, directly on. I have to work tomorrow as well but it's suppose to be cloudy, thank god!!!!!!!
Thanks for the TCS love!
post #6 of 10
Adding vinegar to cool bathwater helps with the burning and peeling. This is not professional nurse advice...it's from a wretched excuse for an ex-boyfriend, but it does work.
post #7 of 10
Ouch! I hope you heal up quick!
post #8 of 10
YOWCH!! It sounds horrible! Hopefully you'll sleep well in spite of it & heal quickly!!
post #9 of 10
As somebody who is VERY VERY pale, I feel your pain. There is no pain like a bad sunburn. My advice is ibuprofen, put the aloe in the fridge, and wear as little clothes as possible (at least where you're burned, ). If you had hot water I would tell you to take a bath with some vinegar. It really does help a lot, although I can barely stand it because the smell makes me sick.
post #10 of 10
Aw, I'm sorry you're all sunburnded! That's torture!
Hope you feel better and it's cloudy tomorrow
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