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Don't Make The Same Mistake I Did This Week.

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If you follow me on social media you know I frequently talk about how important it is to wear good glasses for both polarization

and more importantly, eye protection. I never leave home without a pair of Wiley X glasses on my face.

 

Something that is also extrememly important is sunscreen.

 

I took the kids fishing this week and decided to take my shirt off but didnt put sunscreen on.

 

Needless to say, I got really sunburned. Besides that pesky skin cancer chance, there are other issues related to sunburn.

 

Starting yesterday I began dealing with what is commonly called "Hell's Itch" seriously Google it.

 

My back and chest itch like nothing I have never felt in my life. It is my skin trying to heal itself but in the meantime it feels like

10,000 needle pokes that only stop for a little bit at a time.

 

All of it could have been avoided if I would have taken the 20 seconds required to apply sunscreen.

 

So with that being said, don't be dumb and lazy like I was this week. Put on the dang sunscreen.

 

I can promise you, you do not ever want to have to deal with Hell's Itch.

 

Plus it would suck to lose a BassResource member to skin cancer because they were to lazy to apply sunscreen.

 

 

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I started investing in Simms Sungear and gloves to avoid that whole sunburn issue.  Being covered up may not be the most comfortable thing in 100 degree weather, but when I get home I don't have that same red color as my crankbait.  Sorry about the sunburn.  Witch Hazel and lotion help though. 

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I started investing in Simms Sungear and gloves to avoid that whole sunburn issue. Being covered up may not be the most comfortable thing in 100 degree weather, but when I get home I don't have that same red color as my crankbait. Sorry about the sunburn. Witch Hazel and lotion help though.

Agree, I would rather cover up w appropriate clothing for sun protection than pour on sunscreen ( unless I'm at the beach ) last time I was burned badly was Daytona beach, spring break 81... I know what your going thru.

Best wishes...

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Good point, a hat, and a buff will also further protect your head and neck.

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just got back from the Florida keys.... couldn't keep enough sunscreen on me it seemed.  even got a bit burned on my eyelids somehow while lobster diving!  

i have already spent part of my day looking at some protective clothing as i too would prefer to cover up than lather up.  not to mention it's impossible to cover every square inch of your body in sunscreen by yourself!  hope you feel better soon man, worst part for me is the peeling of the skin.

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I'm pretty good about keeping sunscreen on. I use lotion at home before going out and then keep spray with me to re-apply during the day. Buddy and I have spent the last two Thursday's fishing all day. (literally getting on water at 5:00 AM and off at 9:30 PM.) We both use this method and haven't had a single problem, wearing shorts, t shirt, no shoes. Only "protective" clothing we wear is a hoorag.

 

Whether it be protective clothing or sun screen, take the time to do it. My grandmother was a nurse and hearing about all the old farmers with melanoma  was enough to drive that lesson home.  

 

This was the worst sunburn I've ever had and by far the most painful. I couldn't hardly sleep at night, showering was nearly impossible. I'd practically tear someones head off if they bumped it. Never again boys...

 

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JT

Sorry to here this, we can all learn from your experience.

Living in Fla for the past 37 yrs I've learned a few things about protection and healing.

I don't know what you're useing to ease the pain and itch, but the best thing I've ever tried and that includes what a doctor prescribes is straight natural aloe.

Not the extract you buy at the drug store, but the stuff right out of the plant. This is one wives tale that is true.

Hope you feel better soon.

Mike

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The sun is unforgiving. The South FL sun is brutal, especially in the summer. I am not recognizable when I go fishing, I cover up so much. Buff, Costa's, sun gloves, Columbia long sleeve shirt and pants, socks, and shoes. The only the thing you can see on me is the bridge of my nose. That's the only section of body that I apply sunscreen to. Lol!! I have been sunburned before, long ago and it hurts!! 

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Thanks guys, it is slowly getting better.

 

I just don't want anyone else to have to deal with because it is horrible.

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Good advice

I am 57 and have had 3 "places" removed from my body in the last 10 years. My yearly physical this past spring revealed a pre-cancer that took two "cuttings" to fully remove from my upper back. Now it looks like I have a huge scar from a stab wound.

I was lucky this time, but as I continue to age, more may develop. Early detection helps but there are no guarantee's regarding the effects of sun damage.

When I came up you never heard of sun screen. I was tanned every summer. I was stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for a year back in 79. I have practically lived on the water fishing. We have a pool and I work outdoors most of the time. I am no different than than hundreds of thousands of others who live in warm climates.

Nowadays we know better. You younger guys can protect yourselves and your children. Please take the time to do just that.

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The sun is unforgiving. The South FL sun is brutal, especially in the summer. I am not recognizable when I go fishing, I cover up so much. Buff, Costa's, sun gloves, Columbia long sleeve shirt and pants, socks, and shoes. The only the thing you can see on me is the bridge of my nose. That's the only section of body that I apply sunscreen to. Lol!! I have been sunburned before, long ago and it hurts!! 

I'm sure I look the same way......I just call it the fish ninja look.  Even better when you have 3 rods tucked behind your pack on your back....lol

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I'm sure I look the same way......I just call it the fish ninja look.  Even better when you have 3 rods tucked behind your pack on your back....lol

 

Now that is the Bassin Ninja look for sure!! LOL.... 

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Yup been there like really burnt bass fishing in a rental boat on my honeymoon. We went to Niagara falls and it rained 24/7. I asked my new misses ever been camping? We drove home packed the camping gear and went to a nearby lake fishing. We had a blast. No pancakes flipper I was tossing scrambled eggs and pancakes in the air.

We went to the drug store to get suave for the lobster red burn.

After 41 years of marriage the spark is still there.

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Just cover up guys!  If God had intended for us to run around naked, we would have been born that way!

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Key West, December 1975.  Went sailfishing for 4 hours, stayed out 8. got blistered and was in agony for days.  A male Cuban nurse named Manuel introduced me to Aloe which was growing in the backyard.  100% intstant relief. Sun screen should be used,  I don't like being covered up when I'm fishing, except a hat.

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That hot sun on the water is intense. Burned to a lobster red.

I just shaved my head for the last time. I wear a hat now.

The hair and beard grows for the winter.

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I have learned to respect the sun even when its cloudy. The harmful rays still penetrate through light to moderate cloud cover. 

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All you guys telling these stories sorta scares me! I only seem to burn the first few trips of the year, but once I get tan, I don't burn again. However, Minnesota is higher in latitude than southern states, so we get less direct sunlight...? if I can recall junior high science class correctly. Anyways, wear whatever it takes to get to those big 'uns!

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Closer to equator, the worse rhe burn. Winter is worse than summer.

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I still have some discoloration on the inside my ankles from roasting them on a float trip about 40 years ago. I will never forget that mistake! One of the young ladies with us on that same trip burnt the tops of her bosoms so badly she stopped by the ER on the way home. It is a little funny now, but a bad sunburn is a serious thing.

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As someone who has had masses removed I agree. Unless I am swimming I wear long sleeves and pants. I would rather sweat all day then get more masses cut out of me.

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Two weeks ago wearing a protective long sleeve, hat, bandana covering my neck (beard does a good job covering my face and luckily despite the greys, my hairline is pretty steady), and shorts I managed to get sun poisoning. After getting the boat on the trailer, I had to pull over 10 minutes down the road to dry heave. It was horrible.

I was so focused on keeping us on fish, that during the drift I didn't eat, drink, or I guess apply enough sun screen to my legs and I was a mess.

The sun is not kind to my Irish/Slovak/Russian genes.

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I also do the fishing ninja look.

Besides protecting yourself without needing sunscreen, I'm actually COOLER in all that clothing because a. I'm insulated and b. My skin isn't radiating from being slowly cooked.

Today for example, it was 90 degrees and sunny. No burns. 10 years ago? I'd be burnt and complaining about how hot it was.

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Hell's itch is no joke. Wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy!!

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I slather sunscreen on as soon as the sunrises and repeat every 2 hours thereafter. SPF 30 or better. SPF50 is best imo.

You really want to protect the tops of your ears, your nose, and your upper face. That is where basal cell carcinoma will appear someday with too much sun exposure. Everyone is afraid of the killer Melanoma, but it's pretty rare compared to basal cell, and basal cell can disfigure you badly if you don't recognize it soon enough and have it removed when its small.

Anyone out in the sun 10+ hrs a day needs to take it really seriously... put sunblock on thick and frequently.

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