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1. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Ever been so badly sunburnt that you just itch in pain ?

2. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 11y

I have to say I have never, ever been sunburnt. My nan has had skin cancer 5 times (after burning one year very badly when we were on holiday in Malta) and I've always had it drummed into me since I was a little girl about putting sun-tan lotion on and not burning. I am so careful about sunburn - understandably so!

You sometimes see people on the beach, just lying there putting oil on themselves when they are so fair skinned, going redder and redder! I feel like giving them a slap and telling them off for putting themselves through it!

An issue I feel strongly about!!

Donna

3. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

My sister and I got so badly sunburnt in Belgium once that we had fist-sized blisters on our shoulders. We were about 6 and 8 at the time. It was awful.

4. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

i was badly sunburned a few years ago, had factor 35 on, was in the shade on a boat, but didn't seem to do me much good, was so bad it had 9 huge blisters which covered the whole back, one blister had little blisters on top of it, i still have a few scars from it ... ouch !

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I got a burn after a 10-minute walk in Auckland. It wasn't horrible, but very surprising - I'm usually pretty good with the sun. My sister tells me it's because the hole in the ozone is directly over NZ. SHe also tells me every NZ-lander knows this, thus the only tanned people I saw were on vacation like me...

My sister got a bad burn in Florida. We took advantage of the first sunny day in a week to sit out in the sun without sunscreen. She could barely walk for two days. We felt like complete twits! (Especially since it wasn't our first trip there). There's a blackmail-worthy picture of her on the hotel balcony, with the reddest limbs sticking out of her bathing suit and a cigar in her hand. I should look for it again...

6. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 11y

As im fair haired and burn easily, i try to cover up as much as is bearable! Although i still burn very quickly, but a remedy ive found out for easing the pain after being burned so many times is Aloe Vera (i use the gel and rub it in well - its even better if you can get the leaves and break them and rub the gel from them directly onto any burned areas) Another one is Cantharis (comes in strengths of 6, 30, 50, its homeopathic tablets or cream - you should find it in most local pharmacies) and rub it on or take the tabs as well . If you can get your hands on the stronger ones id suggest them as they'll help much quicker!

7. Posted by Ommadawn (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

Like Donna,i'm pretty carefull when it comes to the Sun. On my earlier travels i was doing more adventurous travel and several times i was outside trekking for much longer than i realized. So the back of my kneck and nose got it quite bad. Nowadays,that never happens. When i'm in places like Thailand on the beaches, i get up earlier (about 7:00am) and go on the beach until about 10:30 at the latest. After that, it's simply far too uncomfortable to be out anyway. But as Donna said, you still see crazys "starting" their beach day at 12:00 (mid day) the worst time to be out.

And,yes i also see droves of 'already' seriously burned people, back on the beach in tropical countries thinking it will "brown off eventually". Each to their own. I would say that the worst cases of sunburn i've seen though,have been in my home region (UK). Because as soon as we have 1 day of sunny weather,some folks think they're ready to spent 8 hours on the beach and swimming with no sunscreen on. One man in my workplace,was so burnt his calve muscles blistered up purple and bled. Eventually, he couldn't even walk. So he had to take time off work. He recovered. But there is an example.

Ooooowchhh!!!

8. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Ommadawn

I would say that the worst cases of sunburn i've seen though,have been in my home region (UK). Because as soon as we have 1 day of sunny weather,some folks think they're ready to spent 8 hours on the beach and swimming with no sunscreen on.
Ooooowchhh!!!

Didn't Noel Coward write the song, "Mad Dogs & Englishmen"?

9. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 11y

I would say that the English have to be the maddest when it comes to sunbathing...as Ommadawn says we just seem to think we are ready for the heat when we haven't seen any sun for 8 months of the year!

Go out anywhere in Britain on an evening when it has been hot weather and you will see so many 'lobsters' out drinking and collapsing from sun stroke!

Oh we Brits are a funny lot!

Donna

10. Posted by Ommadawn (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Didn't Noel Coward write the song, "Mad Dogs & Englishmen"?

Exactly