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….