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Sunburn Relief

October 5, 2013

I know, it’s October and this post ought to be saved until the Summer…but I just got over a case of sun poisoning from a burn I received last weekend. It was no fun. I know to protect my skin from the sun. I have fair skin and burn if I don’t have a base tan. Well, it’s been years since I’ve had a base tan.

I don’t know why I thought I could sit out in the sun, in the middle of the day, for TWO hours. It was my granddaughter’s soccer game and it seemed so innocent. Wrong. Oh brother. I was in so much pain. I have been all week. Normally, I blot vinegar over the burn and it takes the burn out. That is my standard sunburn relief method.  I mean it always works. Not this time. I felt like the burn went all the way thru to my breastbone.

Then I started having chills and fever. And I broke out in blisters and sores. yuck. I’m healing but not before getting a prescription and taking lots of aspirin.

But that’s not the end of this story. I am somewhat of a sunburn expert since I have fair skin and in the past have had my share of burns. I promise blotting vinegar on a burn and allowing it to air dry ( the smell evaporates, just keep it off your clothes while it dries) cures over night, most burns I have had. VINEGAR,  any kind…trust me.

On day two I ran into a friend, when I told her how painful a burn I had  and she had another remedy. By then I was ready to try anything.

She suggested I use half Aloe and half Afta after shave. Mix them and apply to burn. I was skeptical but desperate. I found clear aloe gel at the drug store and Afta after shave at WalMart.  It did offer me some sunburn relief. I had to get up during the night to reapply and that was aggravating. But I hurt so badly,  I couldn’t sleep anyway.

I think, had my burn not been so severe, that it would have really worked. I don’t think much can help when you’ve gone into sun poisoning. I just had to endure the week. But I still want to share this ‘discovery.’ On a normal burn,  it would be great. It’d especially be great for children. It almost instantly relieved the pain.

So, half plain aloe gel and half Afta shaving cream…Remember this…and vinegar….and sunscreen….mostly remember sunscreen.


I’m much better… but, I skipped the soccer game today. She had three saves as goalie….and I skipped the travel ball tournament… my grandson hit his first home run today. Big day…but  that sun was shining too bright today and the pain too fresh in my memory. Maybe next week….

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  • Brenda

    Wow. As one fair woman to another, I too have had some bad burns in my life. Well, actually I had one terrible burn with 2nd and 3rd degree burns when I was in high school and then I learned my lesson. At the time my mom mixed aloe vera and vitamin e on me and kept reapplying and I was able to heal with no scarring.

    October 5, 2013 at 10:40 pm Reply
    • admin

      Oh me, Brenda, then you know…the pain is something you never forget. My daughter kept saying she thought I was burning..but my mind just didn’t compute what I was doing or what she was saying. I’d never consider laying out in the sun on one side for two hours without turning over or getting up….from 12-2. unreal. Thanks for commenting ~

      October 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm Reply
  • Miriam

    I also have very fair skin so I understand. I had some very bad burns including one that was beyond horrible when I was 7, one of the worst blisters I have ever had. I am keeping an eye on that area because it was damaged however thankfully it has not evolved into anything worse.

    October 5, 2013 at 11:23 pm Reply
    • admin

      Oh, my I hope it’s ok. I think it is the repeated exposure that causes problems later on. If not, I’m in more trouble than I thought…:)

      October 6, 2013 at 7:50 am Reply
  • Miriam

    When I was 7 I had a severe blister, and I am keeping an eye on the affected area however thankfully it has not evolved into anything worse. I also have extremely fair skin. Burns are painful.

    October 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm Reply
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