A New Twist In Tanning Bed Dangers

Okay, by now I hope that you are well aware of the negative effects of indoor tanning. But according to a new study published in the online edition of the Archives of Dermatology, there is an increase of people hopping into tanning beds seeking what they believe to be one of the benefits of tanning bed radiation-its ability to treat rashes.

It's true. According to the study's researchers, a tanning bed could possibly help mild skin eruptions like eczema or psoriasis. However, using this method to treat a rash caused by an allergic reaction to over-the-counter or prescription drugs can be dangerous, even deadly. Inflamed skin exposed to the UV light of a tanning bed can develop a serious toxic reaction.

We can now safely add TEN, or toxic epidermal necrolysis, to the oh-so-long list of reasons to avoid tanning beds. TEN can be a life-threatening skin disorder, which may cause several abnormalities and complications such as hemorrhaging and respiratory failure by attacking the skin and other tissues. And because the mortality rate is over 20 percent, you should visit your dermatologist the next time you develop a rash, not the tanning salon.