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Gunner is back from Cancun, but did he bring a little Hell's Itch back with him?

I just returned from my vacation in Mexico and brought my friend Hell’s Itch back with me. We stayed at Secrets Maroma Riviera Cancun, an amazing resort.

My first day was spent on the beach in the sunshine… without sunscreen!! Now, it’s my turn to burn! Welcome to Hell’s Itch.

You’ve actually probably experienced something like this before, but never really put words to it. And probably not as severe.

“Hell’s itch is this deep, painful, almost throbbing, itch that happens one to three days after a sunburn, often on the upper back and shoulders,” dermatologist Melissa Piliang, MD told the Cleveland Clinic. “Anyone who has a sunburn could get it, but it seems to be more common in fair-skinned people and people who have been at higher altitudes where the sun is more intense, like in the mountains.”

And boy am I experiencing all that. The Cleveland Clinic has some good advice on how to prevent it, and how to help me heal up properly.

  • Use broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30,
  • Use water-resistant sunscreens,
  • Use sun-protective clothing if possible,
  • Use sunscreen daily if possible, even in the winter.

Allergy and pain medications are helping me through some of the symptoms of Hell’s Itch, and lots of cool baths.

Now ya know, be careful… trust me! Enjoy that summer sunshine.

In the meantime, here’s a few photos from the trip!