Y’all, be careful because thousands of Americans are being affected by this mysterious syndrome called the ‘Hells Itch’.
At first, when one of my friends called me and asked me if I had heard about it, I told them I hadn’t, but after some research, I learned that it was real and a lot of people are dealing with it.
What is known about the syndrome is that it comes from sunburn. Sunburns usually clear up after a few days, but if you catch the “Hells Itch,” after 48 hours, the burn explodes into an intense itch that’s painful if you scratch it.
One person affected described it as “being stabbed by the sharp point of a thousand compasses, while lemon juice and itching powder was rubbed into the wounds” and another described it as “i feel as if there are fire ants crawling underneath my skin and they are pissed off.” Another person even stated they wanted to die because of the intense pain from the “Hell’s Itch”.
I want the sweet relief of death, one person affected said. Please make this shit stop. I hate everything and everyone.
According to The Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Melissa Piliang said “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.”
As for what causes the “Hell’s Itch” in the body, Doctors don’t know but do suggest that it “may be due to damage in the nerve endings.”
A doctor wrote in the Journal of Travel Medicine, that “the true nature of Hell’s Itch is still conundrum, though it appears to be a brief self-limited epiphenomenon producing considerable discomfort.”
However, there is some good news in all of this, if you want to believe it or not… the Hell’s Itch supposedly only appears to affect a small percentage of people. It affects you mostly on your shoulders and upper back. People say if you get the syndrome, do not put aloe or anything topical on it as it tends to make it worse.
Be really careful not to scratch the itch because it doesn’t relieve it at all and often make it worse. You can also create tears in your skin that can be a portal of entry for bacteria and could lead to infections, said Dr. Piliang.
There is a Facebook group that is active about this Hell’s Itch syndrome to, and you can check it out by clicking HERE