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Tanning beds and a rash

Ok. This is the deal. I have a tanning bed, and have had it for quite some time. I am fair complected, and use it so that I do not burn when I go out into the sun, this way I can work my way up slowly: 5 minutes, 6 minutes, etc. I have never had any problems.

This year, I have a TERRIBLE rash on certain parts of my body: arms, back of my knees, neck and chest. It is driving me nuts! It itches pretty bad, and you can actually see the little bumps.

I switched the tanning accelerator that I was using, and I do not use anything that has a bronzer in it.

Any suggestions or ideas what it might be? Or anyone else had this problem before? I do have sensitive skin. I know - I will get lots of posts telling me to quit using the tanning bed...I was just wondering if anyone else had this happen to them and what they did for it.

THANKS!!
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93532 tn?1349374050
I used to tan way, way, way back in the day. I am also extremely fair skinned. I decided that skin cancer wasn't worth it and just bit the bullet and now when I slather up my boys with sunscreen, I slather myself up, too.

Now, it could be possible you are reacting to the new accelerator, or you could be getting a heat rash. I used to be really prone to that as well. Any area where sweat could pool or creases would break out into a rash. Try not using an accelerator for a while and see if that helps. Or you could try and keep a towel nearby so you can wipe away excess sweat as you tan. Avoid any oil based products, that will only make matters worse.

On a personal note, embrace your fair skin. In 20 years tanning will make you look like an old wrinkly woman, I have noticed a huge difference in my skin since I quit tanning 10 years ago. I look much younger than my same age counterparts who are slaves to the sun. Okay, I'll step off the soapbox ; )

I hope you find a resolution soon.

Andi


93654 tn?1247502934
I got ringworm from a tanning bed one time. Turns out they weren't cleaning the beds very well. I've heard of people getting scabies from a tanning bed too- maybe that's just a myth, though. You should probably see your dr. or a dermatologist if it's not getting any better.
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Lots of nastiness in things like that---even if it's your own germs.  There are multitudes of germs that live on your skin, and thrive in a warm envirmonment.  Just make sure you're cleaning it well, and wiping it down with water.  When you heat up your pores, they open, and all sorts of bacteria get in...then you get out of the heat, the pores close up, and WHAM.  You have an infection.  Hence, the rash.
If I were you, I'd stay out altogether...but that's probably not likely, so I'd say just clean it well, but also make sure there is no residue of cleaner when you get in.
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When I use to go to the tanning bed I got sun poisining one summer from it.  I had never gotten it in previous years of tanning and I had been using the same tanning bed all along.
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YES YOU CAN GET SCABBIES FROM A TANNING BED IF IT WAS NOT CLEAN CORRECTLY. TRUST ME ON THIS ONE GO TO THE DR. I JUST RECENTLY GOT OVER SCABBIES, VERY PAINFUL. I KNOW WHERE I GOT MINE. IF YOU CATCH IT EARLY THE LESS PAINFUL IT IS. YOU HAVE TO GET A CREAM TO KILL THE LITTLE BUGGERS. YOU CAN NOT SEE THEM THE JUST LEAVE RED DOTS THAT ITCH LIKE CRAZY. DO YOU ITCH REALLY BAD AT NIGHT? DONT WORRY TO MUCH IF YOU DO HAVE THEM. MY DR TOLD ME THAT THEY ARE EASY TO CATCH ALMOST AS EASY AS A COLD. I WAS ALSO TOLD IN SOME CASES IT IS MORE COMMON THAN A COLD. IF YOU LIVE WITH ANYONE ELSE, YOU HAVE TO GET THE CREAM FOR THEM TO. THE DR WILL EXPLAIN IT MORE. WASH EVERYTHING, NO NOT REWEAR CLOTHING W/OUT WASHING. SPRAY ANYTHING THAT CAN NOT BE WASHED WITH THE LICE (RIX). I AM NOT SAYING YOU HAVE SCABBIES BUT IT IS WORTH GOING TO THE DR OVER. YOU COULD HAVE SOMETHING ELSE BUT WHAT YOU ARE DESCRIBING IT SOUNDS LIKE SCABBIES. CHECK IT OUT ON THE INTERNET, AND EXAMION YOURSELF AND TRY TO SEE. YES YOU WILL READ ABOUT REMIDES THE WILL CURE THEM. I TRIED THEM ALL BUT THE ONLY THING THAT WORKED FOR ME WAS A PRESCRIBED CREAM, SO SEE A DR. IF YOU DONT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE GO TO THE HEALTH DEPT. THEY WILL BE ABLE TO HELP YOU.
I HOPE I HELP YOU IN ANY WAY.

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Perhaps you should just give up on the tanning bed. A rash is far better than skin cancer.
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YES!  You can get ringworm from tanning beds.  I just got back from the doctor and I knew I had ringworm (by looking online).  
The first thing he asked me is:  Do you go to a public tanning bed?
I have one spot under my arm.  He said ringworm thrives in moist, hot areas...  The staff doesn't clean the bed good enough between uses and you get in and it is the perfect environment for ringworm and I am sure scabies too.
I don't want to stop tanning.....  so, I am going to make sure I spray the bed VERY good prior to tanning................
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I tan. I'll get really dark tanning everyday for a month straight. then i get bored so i do it every other month. (odd i know) I get a rash on the back of my heals, elbows, chest, knees, and tops and sides of my feet. Iv been to the doctor about it 2 times but it seemed to go away right befor i get there. It could be a heat rash and it could be scabes iv been told. make sure you throughly wipe out your bed before you use it. if you get to hot or start to sweat at all steep out for a min. what i find helpful to stor the itch is coca butter cream. just slab it on rub it in until you see no cream just the grease.
463483 tn?1206706961
You all are misinformed about the whole tanning proccess.  The medical industry is turning everyone awat from tanning.  Why? Because it makes them less money by scaring everyone away from the sun.  YOU WILL NOT GET CANCER FROM A TANNING BED!  You only can get cancer from being outside and being subject to the (C) Rays.  Tanning indoors only contains the (A) & (B) rays.  When you tan indoors you are protecting yourself from the outdoor rays.  So when you lather up your skin in sunscreen you are only making it worse if you do burn.  Do you know that more people die every year from other things than skin cancer?  Did you know that tanning reduces the risk of these things because of the vitamin D found in the rays?  Osteoporosis, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Colon, Breast and Ovarian Cancers to anme just a few.  Wouldn't you rather take your multi vitamin than block it out?  You all should read DR. Michael Holick's book called "The UV Advantage"  As far as the rashes go, it is a heat rash/uv Reaction.  When your body is not used to the lights, even if you don't burn it has a reaction to the intensity.  So when your tanning operator suggests only going a certain amount of time, listen to them.  They are trained professionals.  You can have a reaction, even if you don't burn.
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I just had total knee replacement -- can I go in tanning bed without doing damage to my replaced knee or should I cover it with a towel or something?
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UVC rays do not even reach to earth's surface so you are incorrect about not gettin skin cancer from uva/uvb rays.I am a trained tanning consultant for planet beach.  Tanning indoors will give you skin cancer just as outdoor tanning will if you do not do it properly. Wait 24 hours between tans, longer if you turned pink the session before. Only used indoor tanning lotions and be responsible. When your skin burns the cells die off and turn over to replace themselves. When they turn over in a deformed state (in simple terms) they are 'mutated' thus skin cancer. The key here is to be careful and responsible. Education is key.

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i've read the responses and frankly don't feel the answer is here...i tan everyyear in a tanning bed and last year had this same experience at one tanning salon and went to another and didn't get it...so thought the bacteria or the cleaner might be the answer until this year i bought my own tanning bed (used) ...i clean it well after each use and the bulbs need replacing because i haven't gotten red at all and haven't broke out in a sweat at all so its not from the cleaner or sweating.  if anyone has any more suggestions please let me know...i also have used a lotion and then not used a lotion...same result...
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