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What Are These Itchy Bumps?!?!

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Question - (28 February 2007) 13 Answers - (Newest, 17 September 2008)
A female age 41-50, *keetersgirl15 writes:

I know this is not a love question but I have asked everyone and nobody knows so maybe one of u can answer this for me. every time this year that I lay in the tanning bed about 2 hrs later my body brakes out in little red itchy bumps what could this be? please help!

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A female reader, Melfunction South Africa +, writes (17 September 2008):

Sunbed madness!!I have a really strong skin,love the sun and don't usually burn red, but go brown easily.As it's Winter and I have a nice open dress to wear for a function, I had to take the sunbed option even though it has different rays than the sun that damages you more (so I heard).I have gone 3 times, thrice 30min sessions with 2 days break between.Yesterday my third session my skin felt more tender than usual and the sunbed actually felt like a snackwicher.I must add I did tan body parts I won't exspose on the beach.All and all I had two hours sleep last night due to very itchy breasts, instead of scratching my skin off I applied camphor cream through out the night.It didn't work as well as I hoped, but it helped,as soon as I kept myself from scratching it felt better.I will be going back to the sunbed as soon as I can control the itch.I've been googling for remedies to cure the itch.

Remedies Summary for Itching:

1)ALoe Vera products 2)Anti-allergy pills

3)Avoid creams or lotions they just clog your pores

4)ooohh by all means protect your eyes!!

5)Prep (shaving cream)

6)Damp milk on your skin

7)All times keep skin moisturized during itching process

8)Bio oil (has lots of Vit.E)also keep skin moist longer

9)Cortizone cream

10)Lanacane Maximum Strength First Aid Spray

Below is the best awnser I have found,it will take you 1min. to read, if you suffer from the master of itch,do yourself a favour and read it. I quote

"The only thing that really helps is to get a wet towel and put a layer of crushed ice in it and then lay on it. By the time the ice has melted the itch should be down to a dull roar and you should have some sanity back. Then you have to get through the next stage where your skin warms up and the itching will start again, but hopefully not be as bad. If you can gut it out for 30-60 minutes you should be back to a much lesser amount of itching. You might want to tie your hands together or something so you can't scratch your back. Any touching could set off the chain reaction of itch nerves and your right back to insane itching in 3 minutes.

I never got any relief from aloe vera, cortizone creams, anti itch lotions etc. I think people who say to use these products have never had bad sunburn itch, maybe just a moderate sunburn. Most of those have such a tiny amount of medicine in them that they are no match whatsoever for the intense crazy itching.

The ONLY thing that I found in my most recent bout with sunburn itch which is going on it's 4th straight day, is Lanacane Maximum Strength First Aid Spray. It has 20% Benzocaine which is the only reason it works at all. All of the other sprays or lotions are .5% Lidocaine or something similar and don't do a darn thing, those are a joke. Also this Lanacane spray doesn't leave a thick messy layer of gunk on you, it pretty much dries up in 1 minute and is not aggravating. I highly recommend the Ice Towel and this Lanacane spray. Make sure you get the 20% Benzocaine variety or it won't help at all. They should make a 90% version, that might actually get rid of the itch entirely for a while. That would be nice. It says don't apply more than 1-3 times daily, but I've applied it 20 times a day with no problems. That's about how much is needed to keep your sanity. I suggest buying multiple bottles. Oh it has Vitamin E and Aloe in it, which can't hurt either."

I'll be trying out all of the above.Your feedback on remedies and tried out solutouns will be appreciated.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (28 May 2008):

I went tannin like 3 times i got burned pretty bad,but i have been burned worst before but i noticed the last day i went tanning i broke out in the white ITCHY bumps. Im not sure what they are i see that im not the only one thats gettin them. Has anyone found out what they were yet? or how to get rid of them??i can't even handle them they are way to itchy! i have them on my stomach and my back. im going to switch tanning lotions and im hopin its that. but if anyone knows yet then let me know please!!! Thanks!!

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (21 April 2008):

I have them now too. I have been getting them for about the past 5 or 6 years now. Only the first time in the sun or when I go tanning. After the bumps go away, then I am fine for the season. Its quite annoying. I have to wait for them to be gone before I can continue tanning. I wish I knew of something to put on to prevent this from further happening.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (20 April 2008):

i have it too..i believe its solar urticaria, take antihistamine tablets

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (9 November 2007):

Not too sure it's the exposure to the bed lamps. I have been bed tanning for a LONG time now, and last winter I started using a cream/lotion that would enhance the brown color I wanted...well, I broke out terribly in a rash of some sort. I had small white bumps all over my body (staring with the legs and working it's way all over my body). I went to the doctor -- who sent me to another doctor...both equally stumped. Finally, I made the connection with the new tanning lotion (it took a few weeks of use before the itching started...but every time I used the lotion and tanned, I got the bumps and the itching. I had to use a mild sedative (given to me by my M.D.) to stop itching at night.

Anyway, this winter I started using the sunless tanning spray booths at my tanning salon....same thing happened. It took the third time I got the spray tan to show the bumps and itching...which, ironically enough, was not as bad as the bed lotion I was given. If you are using ANY kind of lotion or extended tanning lotion/spray (before, after, or during your tanning visits) I would recommend immediate withdraw of the products.

Looks like a ton of people have this same problem.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (22 April 2007):

Hi,

It's heat rash over exposure to the uv rays causes this you may have to start taking Piritize allergy tablets as you will also take this rash whilst sunbathing outside i had this rash for years and trial and error with different sun creams i have found PIZ BUIN FACTOR 15 ALLERGY along with the Piritize is excellent try it i am 50 but i took this in my early forties and i see you are nearly that so it could be a combination of age and skin changes one word of warning stay away from the tanning beds i used them too and have lined skin accross my chest and eyes so keep them at bay if you value your appearance good luck.

J

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (28 February 2007):

sounds like u have heat rash. decrease the amount of time u spend in the tanning bed. dont go tanning unless ur free of the red itchy bumps. this is normally caused from the uv rays. if and when u get them, u can use hydrocortison cream or benadryl capsules to rid u of the discomfort quicker. to prevent the rash, use some sort of sunscreen. other than that u will be just fine.

it also could be the lotion ur using, and u may need to switch.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (28 February 2007):

Hi, if you are using any sunscreen products or tan accelerators before lying in the tanning bed, then try not using those. You may be allergic to one of the ingredients in that...also this rash is usually caused by over exposure to the sun, you are actually allergic to the tanning rays because you are getting too much all at once and are probably getting a sun burn as well, those tanning beds are pretty harsh, much stronger than natural sunlight.

I don't recommend that you use this way of getting a tan at all, it is very damaging to your skin, there is no such thing as a healthy tan....it will take years for the sun damage to actually show on your skin in wrinkles, sags and brown spots, it isn't worth looking tan to have this damage, you also are at a much higher risk of skin cancer.

I know tanning salons tell you that they have filtered out the bad rays or the burning rays, but it is not true, all wave lengths can cause damage and sunburn.

The healthier way to get some color is to spend 15 minutes a day outside without sunscreen, this will give you some much needed Vitamin D and a healthy glow. The self tanning products are great for giving you a deeper tan and there is no skin damage!

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A reader, anonymous, writes (28 February 2007):

I get this really bad too its called prickely heat, heat rash is more of a blotchy rash that doesnt itch. it only developed the last time I went on holiday in 2005 and it had never happened before.

it can be very annoying and if you can help it dont scratch it as it nay become inflamed or even infected. I found that a cool shower did help to bring it down a bit.

I think you should go to the doctors to see if there is anything that can help with this condition, and if you find any miracle cure let me know as I am going on holiday this year!.

ok

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A reader, anonymous, writes (28 February 2007):

I get this really bad too its called prickely heat, heat rash is more of a blotchy rash that doesnt itch. it only developed the last time I went on holiday in 2005 and it had never happened before.

it can be very annoying and if you can help it dont scratch it as it nay become inflamed or even infected. I found that a cool shower did help to bring it down a bit.

I think you should go to the doctors to see if there is anything that can help with this condition, and if you find any miracle cure let me know as I am going on holiday this year!.

ok

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A reader, anonymous, writes (28 February 2007):

This sounds like a heat rash but if i was you i would go along to the doctors and have them checked out. Make sure that your skin is clean and the pores aren't clogged before you go on the sunbed.

Take care

xx

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A reader, anonymous, writes (28 February 2007):

This sounds like a heat rash but if i was you i would go along to the doctors and have them checked out. Make sure that your skin is clean and the pores aren't clogged before you go on the sunbed.

Take care

xx

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (28 February 2007):

probably a heat rash.... maybe you just have sensitive skin? maybe try a self tan instead, sunbeds really are not good for you anyway, loreal airbrush spray tan is brilliant. natural looking and its like airbrushing yourself, you can never have any streaks with it!

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