Got Sun Poisoning From Sunbathing At The Beach
Author: Victoria L.
Skill: Reiki Practitioner
Word Count: 443
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 9543-OR
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I just came back from a 3-month stay in Florida (snowbird here). Every day I walked the beach for two hours starting at 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. I do not wear sunblock, as I feel the chemicals are too harsh for my skin... hence the early hours of being in the sun.
I accumulated a very gradual deep tan, as I have Italian heritage, and did not get even the mildest sunburn. On the last Sunday of our stay, I went to the beach for one hour in the afternoon with visiting guests. Again I did not burn.
The next morning I noticed some little bumps on my chest area which had been exposed, as I wore a full one-piece bathing suit. They were not sore. Then the next day the bumps started to really pop out, and I could feel them -- like little bursting sore things.
That night I felt soreness, and the next morning I experienced really awful itching and severe shingle-like pain. (I had shingles last year, so I know the feeling -- but not on that area.) Now there were dozens of tiny white blisters covering my chest. The pain was so bad that even a light touch of clothing was excruciating.
I went to the pharmacist, and they recommended some over-the-counter cortisone cream. I tried it, and it didn't do much.
I then found, to my joy, that I had brought my bottle of Young Living LavaDerm Cooling Mist. I washed the cream off my chest and then did an experiment. (Otherwise, how would I be able to tell which product works better?) I put the LavaDerm Cooling Mist on one side of my chest and the cortisone cream on the other.
The LavaDerm side immediately calmed, soothed, and stopped itching. The cream side did not. I did this for four more days, and the spray side healed quickly. While there was some slow improvement with the cortisone, the area was still sore and itchy.
Then I stopped the cream and continued only the LavaDerm Cooling Mist. The skin was all better by Saturday on the LavaDerm side; and the cream side, which I now was spraying with LavaDerm Cooling Mist, took a couple days more to heal completely.
Sun poisoning (otherwise known as photodermatitis) is a reaction to the sun's ultraviolet rays. Why? I don't know. I never heard of it and never experienced it before this. Now I am convinced to always cover up in the high sun, even with a deep tan.
Thanks again for the help, Young Living!
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