I’ve heard people overly complain about a sunburn itching before and thought they were being ridiculous. It’s just a sunburn, how bad could it be?
I got my Xolair injections this week as usual. I’ve never had a reaction before and when my arms started itching, I assumed that light sunburn from the weekend must be peeling.
- Thirty minutes later Solarcaine seemed to make it worse.
- Thirty minutes later two Benadryl and ice packs weren’t working
- An hour later thirty minutes in a cold shower did little to make it better
I called my doctor’s office and spoke to the respiratory therapist who had administered the shots. She thought my symptoms sounded odd and asked for a call back number so she could track down my doctor. By this time the itching had spread from the sunburn area to my entire back, arms, chest, hands, and legs. It felt like I was being bit all over by an army of ants. I say this having been swarmed by an angry ant hill as a kid once. I couldn’t sit still. My arms were shaking. My doctor said he was fairly certain this was not from Xolair and to try some antihistamines.
I take Allegra every day, and had taken two Benadryl 3 hours or so earlier, so I took two more. This took the edge off the itching. I could finally sit still and not twitch. I had never experienced something like this before so I googled insane sunburn itch and discovered other people describing similar situations. The best remedy seemed to be strong ant-histamines. A couple hours later I decided to take two more Benadryl and put my CPAP on so I wouldn’t quite breathing after passing out.
Six freaking Benadryl. I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to take that much, but that’s what it took to finally make my body stop itching. I passed out for 14 hours or so, my AHI was 6x higher than normal, and I was groggy all the next day, but it seemed to do the trick.
I’ve decided to stop judging people for complaining about itchy sunburn.