Saturday, September 21, 2013

Summer equals Sunburn

This happened in February in Southern Australia, it's a regular thing for young Aussies..at least until they learn a few very painful lessons. This burn was treated the minute it was noticed by being doused every five minutes with ice cold Aloe vera until the bottle ran out, then the victim was sat under a cool shower until the complaining go too much and we let her out.

Even so you can see it was very nearly a third degree burn which needed weeks of burn creams, cortisone creams, penicillin and total avoidance of any amount of sun.

She would have been hospitalised except she had kids at home to look after, instead she had many hot and horrible nights as Summer wound on.
I well remember as a youth, the burns sticking to the sheets in the stiflingly hot Summer nights, the skin sticking and being ripped right off when you rolled over. I like to think Ive learned my lesson and I think this young woman might have too..




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5 comments:

River said...

I wish everybody could learn the lesson without having to suffer the burn. I've never been burnt that bad in my life. A little pink in the first heat but then went brown by the next day, the top layer would peel off a bit to reveal already browned under layers. I've seen burns that bad on friends old enough to know better and recently too, just a few years ago. One young girl came to work with the backs of her legs a bright watermelon red, she could barely stand up and began crying to was sent home with instructions to see a doctor.

Kymbo Whitford said...

I hear you River..Ive never been that badly burned either, but bad enough to make me never do it again. (I hope)This 33 year old woman really should have known better and was told several times by complete strangers that she was looking burned...and didnt listen.

River said...

Forgot to mention that a cut tomato gently rubbed on the burn also takes the sting out. If you don't have anything else handy. Aloe vera comes in spray form now too, much easier on the victim. Although I sincerely hope there will be no more victims, however, people continue to be foolish with the first days of summer heat on the beaches.

Joe Pereira said...

phew! In February over here we're more likely to get frostbite :)

Kymbo Whitford said...

Hi Joe, It's the first month of Spring here after a long cold Winter so we're trying hard to enjoy it..