Sunburn Causing Intense Itch. What Can I Do To Stop The Itch?

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Asked by gailfrances

Sunburn Causing Intense Itch. What Can I Do To Stop The Itch?

I recently got a sunburn. When it started healing, it became intensely itchy. I have tried some home remedies, such as tea, aspirin, milk, water spray and taking a cool bath. Nothing is taking away the intense itchiness. Are there other ways to reduce the itchiness?

Answer

Of course, you know, the best way to treat a sunburn is to take steps to prevent the sunburn from occurring in the first place. Be sure to use sunscreen, stay in the shade as much as possible during the hours of 10:00 and 4:00, where protective clothing including a wide brimmed hat.

But, as you experienced, sometimes despite your precautions, sunburns happen. When blistering, itching, dizziness, fatigue or fever accompanies the sunburn, you should talk with your doctor to make sure you don't have sun poisoning, which is a severe sunburn and can make you feel ill.

As far as the itching, as you can tell from the many answers, there are all different types of home remedies to help relive the itching. A word of caution, before putting anything, such as essential oils, directly on your skin, talk to your doctor as these can cause further skin damage.     Over the counter products, such as aloe vera gel might help. Also, keep your skin very moisturized and take only cool showers. A cool oatmeal bath might also help relieve the itching. Antihistamines can also help the itch and may help you sleep.     If you don't feel any relief, it is time to talk with your doctor.

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