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Signs of a tanning bed allergic reaction?

Signs of a tanning bed allergic reaction?

UV allergic reaction: It is possible to have an allergic reaction to exposure to uv rays. Reactions include bumps across exposed area, rash, hives, and extreme itching. It is important to also remember a tanning bed greatly increases your risk for skin cancer.

Dr. John Chiu
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I have a rash all over my body from an allergic reaction to an antibiotic I was taking, can I still lay in a tanning bed?

I have a rash all over my body from an allergic reaction to an antibiotic I was taking, can I still lay in a tanning bed?

Take a break!: I would not advise it at this time as your body is in the midst of a battle against the antibiotic. Your immune system is on high alert and the UV lights may cause the rash to increase. Secondly, much as our culture loves tan skin as a sign of good health it's an incredible health hazard - leads to premature skin aging, wrinkles and sometimes cancer. http://www. Cdc. Gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/indoor_tanning. Htm

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Can taking prozac, prilosec, klonopin, or mirena (levonorgestrel) birth control cause allergic skin reaction from getting in a tanning bed?

Can taking prozac, prilosec, klonopin, or mirena (levonorgestrel) birth control cause allergic skin reaction from getting in a tanning bed?

Unlikely: These are not likely to make you allergic but birth control may make you more photosensitive and prone to irregular pigmentation.

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Is it bad for you to go in a tanning bed every day?

Is it bad for you to go in a tanning bed every day?

Yes it is: Tanning beds produce radiation which is harmful to your skin as it will cause wrinkling and increases the risk of skin cancer. Many young woem are developing melanoma, a deadly type of cancer, caused by tanning beds.

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White bumps after tanning bed?

Uncertain: Do you have any idea how dangerous tanning beds are? You may have an infection from the tanning bed itself. You could be reacting to the chemicals they wipe them down with. Or this could be solar damage. If you don't want skin cancer- you need to steer clear of tanning beds.

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Zvan you get herpes form a tanning bed?

Zvan you get herpes form a tanning bed?

Don't do it!: First of all, as a dermatologist, I would like to discourage tanning bed use. More than 170, 000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer in the us each year are associated with indoor tanning. One indoor uv tanning session increases users’ risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 67 percent and basal cell carcinoma by 29 percent. Herpes would be the least of your risks.

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Am I safe if I wear sunscreen in the tanning bed?

NO!!!!: Never go to a tanning bed. If you really need to look more tan. There are some bronzers now that are very natural looking and do not require dangerous uv exposure.

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I started going to the tanning bed and I got this bump? V

Have it evaluated: There are several possible answers to what this might be and even if it is related. It could be an infecdtion or a skin growth., even a tumor. Have it evaluated by your dermatologist.

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Does tanning bed cause cancer?

Does tanning bed cause cancer?

UV exposure can: Tanning beds expose a person to uv light and uv light is one of the causative factor of skin cancer.

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How come tanning bed burns my skin?

How come tanning bed burns my skin?

Tanning bed burns: Causes of tanning bed burns include: taking medicates that make you sun sensitive, a genetic makeup that makes you sun sensitive, skin diseases like lupus that make you sun sensitive, too long of a treatment in the tanning bed. Use of tanning beds increases the incidence of melanoma, a form of skin cancer, by 74 times.

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How do I get relief for a tanning bed burn?

Moisturizer: Tanning bed burns can be very painful. As long as you are not allergic or have a contraindication, taking Aspirin after a sunburn can provide some relief. Applying aloe vera gels, or moisturizing creams like cerave may also help. I the burn is severe your dermatologist may recommend an oral and/or topical steroid.

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Could someone get a skin fungus from the tanning bed?

Could someone get a skin fungus from the tanning bed?

Probably: If the pane you are resting on isn't cleaned in between persons then you could get a fungal infection. It is similar to the fungal infection you can get walking barefoot in a gym locker room

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Which is better for you? A spray-on tan or a tan from a tanning bed?

Which is better for you? A spray-on tan or a tan from a tanning bed?

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 booth, is evidence of solar damage and increases the risk of melanoma and other skin cancers. If you aspire to the sun damaged look, painted on tan is better for you.

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What causes tingling after you lay in the tanning bed? Does uv light cause that?

What causes tingling after you lay in the tanning bed? Does uv light cause that?

Heat or pressure: Most likely tingling is due to laying in a position causing nerve or blood vessel compression. A less likely possibility is uv associated skin overheating but this would leave a visible "sunburn".

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Doing tanning in a tanning bed for 12 min 3 times a week, could that lead up cancer?

Doing tanning in a tanning bed for 12 min 3 times a week, could that lead up cancer?

Possible: Any skin ultraviolet light exposure can predispose to skin cancer. This is unnatural exposure and is in excess to what you normally get, so I would strongly recommend to avoid it.

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Is it okay to tan in a tanning bed 2 weeks after having a baby, or will my skin react differently?

Tanning beds: One study showed that the people who had used a tanning bed, tanning booth, or sun lamp were 2.5 times more likely to develop the squamous type of cancer while the increase of basal cancer was 1.5 times greater when compared to those without cancer. The use of tanning beds increases the incidence of melanoma by 74%. Do not start using a tanning bed or you will be sorry.

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If you tan. In a tanning bed and then you start getting white spots on your back what does that mean?

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 as you do. I always recommend the stand-up tanning booths to my patients that insist on tanning.

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With fair skin, I want to use the tanning bed to get a good tan. How long should I tan for each visit?

Easy Answer: 0 minutes. Just like I would never recommend smoking, I would never recommend using a tanning bed! Both are bad for you health. Tanning not only ages your skin and makes you look old, it will increase your risk for skin cancers. If you also smoke than the effects of the sun are magnified with even a higher risk for skin cancers and photo aging.

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I am about one week into taking Accutane, can I lay in the tanning bed? Not excessively, but maybe 3 times?

I am about one week into taking Accutane, can I lay in the tanning bed? Not excessively, but maybe 3 times?

Don't do it: Avoid this kind of thing while you're on Accutane. Stay the course with the medicine. Good luck

Tanning (Definition)

Tanning refers to attending exposing oneself to the sun, or a tanning salon, for the purpose of darkening the skin, for cosmetic reasons. Occasionally, tanning is for medical reasons to relieve some symptoms ...Read more


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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more