Sunburn Itch Relief - Second Degree Sunburn

Updated on 22 Jun 2009,
Published on 19 Jun 2009

Sunburn itch is one of the most common symptoms of severe sunburn. It is the result of a second degree burn. Sunburn can be very damaging and can cause severe itchiness, blisters and even peeling. It is a very common thing that we encounter as a result of prolonged exposure to sun rays without any protection. As a result of the sunburn, while touching the skin, it is quite normal to experience pain and a stinging hot sensation. These symptoms are usually accompanied by itchiness.

Like the sunburn blisters, sunburn itchiness is also a natural phenomenon. As the skin begins to shed the dry skin and replace it with new cells, it generates an itching sensation.  It is a part of the healing process where the skin peels away on its own. This itching sensation could be unbearable and one might be tempted to scratch. However, it is best to refrain oneself from doing so as it could lead to further complications. Some of the complications that might arise are infections, further damage to the skin etc. It can even lengthen the healing process.

There are a number of things that you can do to reduce this itchiness. Following are some of the tips for sunburn itch relief:

1) As far as possible, avoid exposure to sunlight.

2) To reduce the burning and itching sensation, apply freshly made buttermilk to the affected area.

3) Make a paste of turmeric powder, rose water and a few drops of lime and apply it to the affected area to soothe burning and itching sensation.

4) Cucumber juice is another remedy that helps not only in soothing the itchy feeling but also helps in quickening the healing process and removing the skin tan.

5) Applying aloe vera gel is also effective in soothing the skin.

It is important to take proper care of your inflamed skin, in order to prevent any unwanted infections as this could permanently damage your skin. Always remember that scratching can cause wounds and blisters that can worsen the condition of your sunburn. Stick to wearing loose cotton clothing and avoid wear synthetic ones. This will allow your skin to breathe and will retain the moisture in your skin.

Suggested Reading:
how to treat sunburn peeling
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