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What are some side effects of not using protective eyewear in tanning beds?

What are some side effects of not using protective eyewear in tanning beds?

Tanning beds & eyes: According to the health physics society, your eyes are especially prone to damage from tanning bed use. In fact, research shows that, in a tanning bed, ultraviolet radiation exposure to the eyes reaches up to 100 times greater than from the sun. ...Read more

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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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Used semi-protective eyewear. Went in a low wattage tanning bed twice recently and eyes have been hurting. No redness or sight issues. Will it heal?

Used semi-protective eyewear. Went in a low wattage tanning bed twice recently and eyes have been hurting. No redness or sight issues. Will it heal?

It should: You may have exposed the sclera (white) of the eye are worse the retina to excess UV light causing a "sun burn". It should recover but avoid this type of exposure., If you must use a tanning bed use the best protective eyewear available ...Read more

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Used semi-protective eyewear in a low wattage tanning bed. 3-4 days later my eyes are still hurting. Could they be sunburned without being red?

Used semi-protective eyewear in a low wattage tanning bed. 3-4 days later my eyes are still hurting. Could they be sunburned without being red?

Eyes hurting: Your eyes have been damaged by the ultraviolet light of the tanning bed. You may be developing photokeratitis and you should see your eye doctor IMMEDIATELY ...Read more

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Why do I have itchy rash on side of foot after laying in a tanning bed?

Why do I have itchy rash on side of foot after laying in a tanning bed?

Rash: You may have come in contact with a certain type of fungus. Fungus thrives in warm and wet environments and can be passed from person to person. Try over the counter anti-fungals such as lotrimin (clotrimazole). If no relief, contact a podiatrist or dermatologist. ...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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Will careful use of a tanning bed help my psoriasis? Assume that I am using one of the older beds that had both uva and uvb.

Will careful use of a tanning bed help my psoriasis? Assume that I am using one of the older beds that had both uva and uvb.

PSORIASIS TANNING: It might be helpful to use a tanning bed occasionally. You must first ask your physician if this is ok with him or her. Some of my patients seem to benefit. However, be careful that you do not burn. ...Read more

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I have severe SD and am currently using protopic cream (been using over a month) but it's not improving what else could I try? Would tanning bed help

Seborrheic dermatiti: If SD is seborrheic dermatitis, it would be more beneficial for you to use an anti fungal cream and low dose hydrocortisone. If you the dermatitis is on your scalp or eyebrows, shampooing with ketoconazole shampoo, or one containing selenium, i.e. Head and Shoulders, would also help. Tanning beds won't dry out the skin or change this condition. ...Read more

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I've been using a high pressure tanning bed and i switched to a level 7 bronzer but I have a rash now?

Contact dermatitis: I am not sure what a 'level 7' bronzer is but it is possible to be irritated and have a contact dermatitis from any topical product. Finding an alternative to the tanning be is still a good idea. ...Read more

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After using tanning bed only for second time for 3 mins, ive the most awful itch from my neck down. but have no rash?

After using tanning bed only for second time for 3 mins, ive the most awful itch from my neck down. but have no rash?

Uncertain since sun: I can't be certain because you have the whole body in the tanning bed and only get it in the neck. You might want to know what else was touching your neck during that time or another time. Although I do not advise using tanning beds because of a long-term risk of skin cancer. ...Read more

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How dangerous is tanning in a tanning bed?

How dangerous is tanning in a tanning bed?

Tanning bed unsafe: Tanning bed exposes the skin to UVA and UVB light which increases wrinkling and spotting of skin. Extended exposures can lead to skin damage and skin cancer. Here is an article from the Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/indoor_tanning.htm ...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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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. ...Read more

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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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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

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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. ...Read more

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Are spray tans healthier than tanning beds?

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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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. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how tanning beds cause cancer ?

Can someone tell me how tanning beds cause cancer ?

UV light: Ultra violet light causes damage to the dna of skin cells. The body repairs the damaged dna when it fails to do so a cancer cell can be formed. The more uv the more damage and the easier it is to get cancers cells to overcome the body defenses. ...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 ...Read more