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Doctor insights on: Tanning Bed Skin Fungus

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Why do tanning beds give you skin fungus?

Why do tanning beds give you skin fungus?

Fungus and tanning: Tanning beds themselves do not contribute to fungal infections. Its more likely that someone ahead of you had something and the cleaning before you went in wasn't that clean. ...Read more

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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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have always had really dry skin. Why does my skin become really soft after I start tanning on the tanning bed? Usually after a week my skin is so soft, not dry and flaky.

I have always had really dry skin. Why does my skin become really soft after I start tanning on the tanning bed? Usually after a week my skin is so soft, not dry and flaky.

Tanning beds: The tanning bed is injuring your skin. I strongly suggest that you not use these devices. They will age your skin and could make you more prone to skin cancer, including potentially deadly melanoma. ...Read more

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My skin rashed upafter going to a tanning bed?

My skin rashed upafter going to a tanning bed?

Happy Skin: Skin is the major protection of our delicate internal tissues from a harsh environment, it is susceptible to injury itself. Sun, shaving and chemicals are very irritating as well as constant exposure to moisture reduces protective skin oils and sets the skin up for injury. The trick is to apply good protective skin cream frequently and minimize ongoing damage. Clean it often using gentle means. ...Read more

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Are there any benefits for a brown skin african american to use a tanning bed?

Are there any benefits for a brown skin african american to use a tanning bed?

No: Tanning beds are artificial intense uv light. Most tanning beds today are uva type, that allows tanning, but also greatly accelerates aging, wrinkles, sun spots and abnormal pigmentation. Darker skinned people who use tanning beds are not getting any benefits (maybe some extra vitamin d) but instead are accelerating aging and wrinkles and maybe even increasing their risk of getting skin cancer. ...Read more

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I've been going to the tanning bed, once a week and my skin startin to dry out and peel. Lotion doesn't help. Why is this happening?

Medium-well: Possibly you are over-doing the voluntary self-baking. Keep in mind that your skin tells you the limits of your short term tolerance. You need to take a break from the tanning bed, moisturize--possibly more than once daily--and consider the long-term skin cancer risk from excess exposure to uv radiation. ...Read more

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I am a 23 year old woman, I have been going to the tanning bed once a week and I noticed my skin drying out and peeling, should I stop going?

I am a 23 year old woman, I have been going to the tanning bed once a week and I noticed my skin drying out and peeling, should I stop going?

Yes: Tanning is not safe and is not recommended for anyone. It increases the risk of skin cancer and accelerates facial and body aging. Sunscreen with titanium and zinc can help protect you from uva and uvb rays, but avoiding sun exposure is best. Spray tanning and tanning lotions are a reasonable alternative to achieve a bronzed look, but they may not be safe for pregnant/ lactating women. ...Read more

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What to do if I go tanning in a tanning bed and now I have itchy skin! What could it be?

What to do if I go tanning in a tanning bed and now I have itchy skin! What could it be?

Dryness or dermatiti: We do not recommend tanning booths as they exposure you to ultraviolet light which can cause skin cancers. Your skin could by dry or have developed a dermatitis either photodermatitis or contact dermatitis if you have a rash. ...Read more

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How long should someone with pale skin stay on a tanning bed? Are the beds more dangerous to pale skin?

Tanning beds are bad: They increase the risk of skin cancer, and they make you look old & wrinkled before your time. Not worth it. Spray tan if you must, instead. ...Read more

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How can you get skin cancer from a tanning bed?

Takes time: Ultraviolet induces a trademark dna mutation; over the time, altered cells overgrow their neighbors and your cancer risk is up. You're also photoaging your skin and will look old sooner. Please limit your tanning bed use. ...Read more

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I use to use a tanning bed now I'm worried sick. Could I be in danger of skin cancer?

I use to use a tanning bed now I'm worried sick. Could I be in danger of skin cancer?

Tanning beds...: ...Have been shown to increase the risk of getting skin cancer, in addition to giving you wrinkles and photodamage. Spray tanning would be safer. Have your family doctor or dermatologist check you over for any suspicious new spots on your skin - but other than that, stop the tanning bed, and don't worry. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting skin cancer from tanning bed if you only do it 15-20 minutes 3 times a week?

What are the chances of getting skin cancer from tanning bed if you only do it 15-20 minutes 3 times a week?

Depends on duration: The main question is for how many years? Clearly cumulative exposure to tanning beds at a young age is a major risk for melanoma, especially for fair-skinned and red haired individuals. Melanoma cases have been rising for years, for a variety of reasons. My advice is to not use tanning beds at all-- it's not worth the risk! ...Read more

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I have red dots on my skin after some bad sun burn but they don't look bad, I've never been in a tanning bed, could they be dangerous?

I have red dots on my skin after some bad sun burn but they don't look bad, I've never been in a tanning bed, could they be dangerous?

No, not dangerous: Red dots that appear in the exposed area after a severe sunburn are not dangerous, and if they represent capillary damage they will fade in a week or so (depending on the degree of injury). If they last longer they could be cherry angiomas, another benign condition. ...Read more

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Is it bad if I go tanning in a tanning bed for 10 minutes once a week (i don't burn easily) since I barely stay out in the sun (cancer wise/skin wise)?

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. ...Read more

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Itchy peeling skin from tanning bed possible?

Sunburn: If you are using a tanning bed and are getting the symptoms you describe then this is probably a sunburn, plain and simple. Of course, as a dermatologist, I would recommend against tanning beds. If you are getting these symptoms then you are basically burning your skin just as if you were being exposed to sunlight. ...Read more

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I've gone tanning in a tanning bed and my butt is burnt. I went today again and I noticed part of it looks like a welt/raised skin. What is it?

Tanning Beds: The lesions could be related to sunburn or possibly due to chemicals which are used to clean the tanning bed. Tanning beds significantly raise the risk for skin cancer. If you love yourself - quit the tanning. ...Read more

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What if I use sunblock in a tanning bed will it help prevent skin cancer?

Not recommended: Tanning bed is bad for you regardless of whether you use a sunblock. Just think about this:
1. Using sunblock in a tanning bed defeats the purpose of going to the tanning bed. (i.e., you won't get a tan with appropriate use of tanning bed).
2. If you do get a tan, then the sunblock is not working well; so the risk of developing skin cancer is still high.
So, no tanning bed under any circumstances. ...Read more

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Don't want to go back to a tanning bed again because of my fear of developing skin cancer. Is it possible that I might already have it?

Impossible to tell: The risk of tanning is related to the amount or dosage of radiation that your receive. Try to limit the radiation that your receive and keep a close eye on your skin as you get older. The tanning effect may not manifest itself for years. ...Read more

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I have a vp shunt placed in the left side of my head. Can I go to the tanning bed with this in? I like going, it helps keeps my skin clear of acne.

I have a vp shunt placed in the left side of my head. Can I go to the tanning bed with this in? I like going, it helps keeps my skin clear of acne.

Should be Ok: You should be able to tan but I would do it in moderation because of the risks associated with excessive tanning. The vp shunt should be fine. ...Read more

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I know the extreme risks in using a tanning bed at a salon, but is there a safe time where I would not be as prone to cancer? I am brunette, with fair skin and light eyes, and in sunlight I burn first then tan, female age 34.

I know the extreme risks in using a tanning bed at a salon, but is there a safe time where I would not be as prone to cancer? I am brunette, with fair skin and light eyes, and in sunlight I burn first then tan, female age 34.

No: No there is no safe time. Excessive uv exposure incrementally increase the risk for skin cancer. From your description you have a fitzpatrick skin classification of one to two which places you at greater risk for cancer from sun exposure. You should be using a sunblock with 45+ spf rating while outdoors and consider make-up with sunblock built in. Additionally, you should be having routine skin exams by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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If I wear zinc oxide in the tanning bed on my face, will that help prevent skin cancer?

Avoid tanning: As a dermatologist, I always advocate for sunscreen use to prevent skin cancer. However, even more important than that is avoidance of tanning beds. Sunscreens do not protect you 100%, so much of the uv rays in the tanning bed is stil getting thru. Your tan is a sign that damage has been done to your skin and your skin is trying to protect itself with more pigment. So ditch the tanning bed! ...Read more

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How likely is it to get skin melanoma when you're 20? No family history, no tanning bed use, few sunburns as a kid (no recent ones), 50+ tiny moles.

How likely is it to get skin melanoma when you're 20? No family history, no tanning bed use, few sunburns as a kid (no recent ones), 50+ tiny moles.

Unlikely: The risks for melanoma are: red hair, fair skin, light eyes, numerous freckles, a family history of melanoma or non invasive skin cancer, many moles (>50), elderly men, white males>50 all have higher risks. So ur risk is very low. If worried u shd see a dermatologist who can examine u and reassure even more. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How can I darken a region of lighter skin on my chest? I once had tinea versicolor but doctors determined the fungus to be gone. Is tanning ok?

How can I darken a region of lighter skin on my chest? I once had tinea versicolor but doctors determined the fungus to be gone. Is tanning ok?

I wouldn't try: This post-inflammatory pigmentation is to be expected. Exposing your skin to ultraviolet will age it faster than it needs to happen, and risks cancer down the road. Messing around with darkeners like permanganate is more likely to leave a mess. In real life, there are no movie-star-perfect bodies, and nobody cares. At your age, like any other, looks are 95% about fitness. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could you pick up herpes from a tanning bed?

Could you pick up herpes from a tanning bed?

Unlikely: The virus that causes herpes is generally not known to live outside an animal host for a prolonged period of time, hence making transmission via an inanimate object highly improbable. ...Read more

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What is the best medics for tanning bed bumps?

Don't go tanning: Tanning beds can significantly increase your risk of skin cancer. They do cause the skin to age much faster. You can catch all sorts of infections from the beds because there is no good way of cleaning them from one client to another. Oh, and they are addictive, like drugs. There are safer ways to add color to your skin like spray tanning. Please don't use them. ...Read more

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Fungus (Definition)

Consisting of a florid overgrowth due to exposure to ...Read more