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do tanning beds help depression

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Hom
29 years experience Pediatrics
Skin cancer: We were all better off aspiring to the magnolia skin of the antebellum Southern belle. A tan, whether from ultraviolet rays from the sun or a tanning ... Read More

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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia ii, do, ms
20 years experience Geriatrics
Fungus?: You may have an early fungal infection, commonly know as ringworm. Don't forget that the person who used the tanning bed before you sweat just as much ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
18 years experience Dermatology
Photosensitivity: When drugs advise against being in direct sunlight they are warning against developing a photosensitive reaction. There are two types - phototoxic & ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Feldman
40 years experience Endocrinology
No problem: I have never heard of a problem with tanning while on metformin. There are some other medications that increase sensitivity to sunlight, or uv light, ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
20 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Maybe temporarily: But i would suggest that you see a dermatologist to determine the cause of your hypopigmentation. There are multiple metabolic and immunologic etiol ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Voron
50 years experience Dermatology
See below: If the person using the tanning bed prior to you had a fungus infection and deposited an infected skin scale on the bed, the fungus could be transmitt ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
37 years experience Radiology
I do not think so: But please ask your doctor.
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
Yes, yes, yes: The intensity of sun tanning bed is typically quite high and often one laying in there nearly naked, thus getting a huge exposure to the light. If you ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Healthtap doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. Tan in a can is usually safer than sun tanning or using a tanning bed. The latter can incre ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: Tanning significantly harms your skin and increases the risk of skin cancers later in life.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Seasonal disorder: Light therapy is a way to treat seasonal affective disorder (sad) by exposure to artificial light. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
38 years experience Dermatology
Bad news bears: Tanning beds cause premature aging and increased skin cancer risks. Avoid this extra form of radiation.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Bader
26 years experience Dermatology
Making skin darker: The best (and safest) way to darken the skin is to use tanning lotions or sprays, spray tan, or a product to stain the skin---summers labs makes a gre ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
21 years experience Child Psychiatry
Bad idea: There is a much safer way to treat seasonal depression. Only your eyeballs need the light, and they need it on schedule every morning. A light box th ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
SAD light Tx: Not likely with fluorescent light, unless intensity too high or distance too short, & used for long time periods.
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Do you exercise?: It can make a big difference, even simply walking for 20 minutes or so. Also, consider 5-HTP. It is a natural supplement some folks use for mild to ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Mund
45 years experience Rheumatology
Not directly: Psoriasis tends to do better with sun exposure as the UV radiation is therapeutic to psoriasis. That is why ultraviolet light treatments are used in p ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Phototherapy: If used as directed, they are effective treatments to therapy for treating seasonal affective disorders ; some bipolar type 2 (cyclothymic disorder).
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Levenson
31 years experience Clinical Psychology
Seasonal Depression: Exposure to light is very important in seasonal affective disorder. Make sure you have enough time outside, and look into purchasing a lamp for the h ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
8 years experience Dermatology
No: Pityriasis rosea is a self-limited condition. If you feel you need therapy, see a physician who can prescribe a topical medication. Avoid tanning beds ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
If you avoid: The tanning bed - you will avoid the heat rashes as well as your risk for skin cancer.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cindy Williams
38 years experience Pediatrics
Sunburn prevention: Don't forget sunglasses, and to avoid exposure between 10AM-4PM. Umbrellas help, too. Remember the shade moves with the sun, especially if a child is ... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Moeller
37 years experience Dermatology
Tanning beds : Tanning bed are generally not recommended for psoriasis as the uva light alone is only moderately helpful and will increase skin cancer risk.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Tighe De Soto
14 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
You can't: Freckles occur from sun exposure. If you skin is prone to freckling, you will freckle after you've been in the sun (or tanning). The only way to avo ... Read More
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