Top 5 Worst Things About Sunburn!

We have all probably been sunburned before. I have not been sunburned in years, but this weekend I got a proper dose of burnage and I am really struggling to just operate as a normal human in society. My back and shoulders are completely burnt, the worst that I have ever had, and my chest is also burnt.  Here are the 5 worst things about being sunburnt:

5. The smell – The sunburn itself doesn’t smell, but the lotion and aloe that you have to put on it does. I hate the smell of it. I also have some anti-itch lotion (see number 1) and it just smells bad. Not only do you have to move around like an old person, you have to smell like one too.

4. Putting on a shirt – Putting on a shirt is the simplest of tasks for anyone over 3 years old. But when you have a sunburn, even a piece of fabric can be excruciating. A shirt going on scrapping down your back with sunburn just hurts. It only lasts two seconds, but when you have to take it off 6 times a day to put on lotion, and then put it back on, it becomes a terrible chore.

3. Taking a shower – Constant beating on sunburned skin hurts, especially when you have a normal flow shower head. A low flow head would probably be awesome for this situation. And the water can’t be warm at all since that just exacerbates the pain factor. So cold, quick showers using body wash to gingerly wash yourself is about all you can do.

2. Inability to move – Last night I couldn’t move. I literally had a hard time just laying down. It was impossible trying to get through some football games. Today is already a ton better, but my shoulder blades are a source of great pain (of course that is the one place you cannot reach to apply lotion). Getting up to use the bathroom was a tough task. Getting up just to go to bed was tough. Sleeping was a nightmare. I found that some Advil tends to take a lot of the stink out of sunburn. It is the only way I was able to get through typing this. Thank god.

1. The itching – One of the best things about Southern California is that there are simply no mosquitoes. They just do not exist down here. That is awesome. I have not felt the need to itch something in a solid year or so. But thanks to the extreme sunburn I have received, I am itching everywhere. It is more than annoying! And of course if you scratch it, it just itches more. So then you try so damn hard not to itch it, but eventually you cave. You just HAVE to itch it! It is the only thing on my mind. I have tried to occupy my mind by doing laundry and watching Sherlock, but so far, nothing has beaten the itch.

Best part about a sunburn, they heal. I hope this one subsides by tomorrow!

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  1. Rita

     /  September 17, 2012

    Dude, baby oil baths are the best for a sunburn. I’m sayin’.

  2. One thing that’s not so bad? Checking out our video… We think it has some good tips on sunburn relief, and might give you a chuckle or two.

    -Dr. Jim & Bob, Blue Shield of California

  3. One thing that’s not so bad? Checking out our video… We think it has some good tips on sunburn relief, and might give you a chuckle or two.

    -Dr. Jim & Bob, Blue Shield of California

  4. Karolyn Svendsen

     /  February 7, 2013

    Aloe Vera is commonly used to treat sunburn. As well as providing soothing relief, it may also assist in the healing process. Apply to the affected areas as needed. Although the gel extracted directly from an aloe Vera plant works best, if you don’t have ready access to one, you may use an ‘over the counter’ Aloe Vera Cream that contains the gel. For this to be effective, just ensure that the cream contains a high concentration of Aloe Vera than it does water or other solutions.”

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