It isn’t totally uncommon for people to experience a rash from going into a tanning bed. Usually it is because of an allergic reaction triggered in the person, resulting in a rash or irritation of the skin that sometimes can be mistaken for a more serious condition. Although this is not always the case, an allergic reaction is the most common explanation for a rash on a person’s skin after using a tanning bed. Usually these rashes present in the form of small red bumps. The size or severity of the rash depends on a few different factors, such as how long the person spends in the tanning bed and how bad the allergy is.
Unfortunately most people do not get tested for a light allergy early on, or they end up developing one into adulthood. This can sometimes cause people who go tanning to overreact and fear the worst. It is recommended that anyone who experiences mild to severe skin irritation after tanning get examined by a medical professional if it persists for more than one day. Most times it is nothing more serious than an allergic reaction, and to treat it some type of cream or ointment is applied to the affected area.
There are of course different types of rashes, so you will want to get yours examined by someone who is trained to identify what it is and start you on the appropriate treatment. Certain types of bulbs in tanning beds can contribute to the development of a rash in some people. Those who go tanning are highly recommended not to do it every day, and to go for a short period of time each session, not to exceed 15 minutes. Those who tan for half hour or full hour are more likely to develop problems with their skin, some of which may become serious and require aggressive treatment.
The type of skin someone has can also affect whether or not problems regarding rashes or other conditions can become a problem. Those who are fair skinned are more likely to get burnt or develop a rash. After tanning for a while, you begin to build up a strong tolerance for UV light, so you burn less but your body’s immune system is somewhat compromised. A simple rash could mean something a little bit more serious if you tan regularly, which is why most people are told to not exceed 15 minutes per tanning session.
Some of the most common side-effects of tanning, especially for those who are new to it, can be skin irritation in the form of a rash, redness around certain areas, and an itching/burning sensation. Those who first start tanning can expect to get a little red, but it’s important to know the different between simple redness and a rash. Usually there are slightly raised bumps on the skin when a rash forms. Usually along with a rash comes itching, which can irritate the affected area even more. By simply applying an anti-itch cream, you may find that the rash disappears completely. If that is not the case after a few days, it is recommended that you see a doctor as soon as possible.