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Old 01-20-2008, 07:13 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Re: Tanning for psoriasis

I have had psoriasis almost my whole life. I have done everthing from a-z. The one thing that always worked was when I treated it with the sun. I used to go to the Dr. for treatments and that became very expensive. ($10.00 co-pay every session) I tried a 1 month unlimited (5 or 6 days a week) at a local tanning salon and I was amazed with the results after several weeks. That was 15 years ago. Been doing it ever since. I start in March and clear by May. Depending on the weather, I will take sessions here and there throughout the summer.
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Re: Tanning for psoriasis

i gey psoriasis on the font of my scalp.. i hate it .. specially bc my hair is soo dark... anyway , tanning helps it.. and we have many clients coming for that reason...people are not stupid they know
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I am licensed in skin care for over 25 yrs which comes in very handy for skin conditions, yes high uvb helps, in fact we have 2 beds with high uvb just for people with issues, i tan them longer than i normally would for their skin type, they actually have to have the areas affected burn a little bit, so if i would put a non issue person in that same bed light-med skin i might start at 8 mins but the psoriasis person i might go 11, this condition usually flares up for the person if they are under stress or in ill health or a smoker, this is not a cure but if they get get a handle on whats causing the flare up the tanning bed can help the skin build up if and only if it gets a bit over expoused, most derms and mds have a light therapy booth but it uses a different light spectrum then what we use, so treatment differs as well.
Make sure the topical corti steriods they use r not on them as most have a mineral oil base and we all know how that kills our beds. Most will see some improvement in 1 session but must keep it up to keep the benefit up, knees, elbows and scalp are most common. these people are not typical tanners so they really need a different approach, high UVA will not do them really any good, they go in base beds, most won't lotion and come maybe 1 time a week. I have asked them " r u here to tan today or for psoriasis" and some in fact will try a tanning bed once they get their skin under control, some people are ashamed of this because it can very unslightly, if u bring it out in the open , make it no big deal and let them know we deal all day long with the largest organ of the body and we are experts and we can help it usually leads to long term tanning relationships, be it not too profitable but a happy customer it worth alot.
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Old 01-21-2008, 01:27 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Re: Tanning for psoriasis

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I don't know what lamps you are using BUT, the uvb output is NOT higher in my 160s, it is lower.

My base lamps 100 watters are 6.5% and the 160s are like 3.0% of B
That's how mine are, base beds 6.5% UVB - 32 100 watt lamps.

My 160's are 2.8% UVB - 55 160 watt lamps.


So... if you do the math, don't they actually get a larger dose of UVB in the 160's?

6.5% of 100 watts is 6.5 x 32 lamps = 208
2.8% of 160 watts is 4.48 x 55 lamps = 246.4

Doesn't that mean a higher amount of UVB per session?

I suck at math, so tell me if I'm wrong. But, I've been putting people with psoriasis in the bed with the 160's.
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Re: Tanning for psoriasis

doesn't matter the bed. They are all rated on TIME TO BURN and is regulated by a timer so therefore 10min max bed = 20min max bed (not really but kinda sorta)

Just put them in a base bed and start em out slow. Do 2 times a week and once on the weekend.

%UVB means almost nothing.
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We have many that tan for psoriasis. One so severe that we must take the room out of service for an hour to clean thoroughly. ( Be careful putting someone in your stand up depending on where the fans exhaust to.) I find they do fine in any unit and we recommend 2-3x a week until cleared and then typically can maintain with just once a week for about 1/2 the maximum session time.
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Old 01-22-2008, 04:07 PM   #17 (permalink)
 
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Re: Tanning for psoriasis

I have always used a level 1 bed. I would start the first 2-3 weeks at half the time and gradually work my way up. Careful not to burn. Sometimes that can have a rebound effect and cause a flair-up. Slow and Steady is the way to go.
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I just started having psoriasis about 2 years ago. It started out as a little patch about the size of an eraser on my elbow, and next thing you know, it spread like wildfire all over my body, and it was extremely scaly and deep red colored and thick, so itchy that I couldn't think of anything else but scratching till I reached bone. It hurt all the time, not to mention the psychological effects. All of the treatments for psoriasis are dangerous in one way or another, and it is not at all understood. I heard that some people try tanning as an alternative to expensive uv treatments at the Dr's office. Because I have so much in different spots, I'm sure it would take a LONG time at the doctor. Anyway, I have very fair skin and I've never wanted to tan. I've avoided the sun and stay indoors all of the time. I am scared of premature aging and skin cancer. But, the psoriasis got so bad that I just had to try tanning. I am just entering my fifth week of tanning....it's only 2 weeks into doing the maximum time frame allowed. I read that UVB light is the one that helps with psoriasis, so I'm using the only tanning bed at my salon that has this type of light, and I've been going max 8 minute sessions 4-5 times a week (i'm trying to go every day). The results are really shocking-- i have photos to show it. My psoriasis still has healing to do, but it's been clearing so rapidly that i can actually notice a difference when I wake up in the morning compared to the day before-- even my friends are shocked! I wish I could scream at all psoriasis sufferers to try it--- and it really makes me sad and mad that the tanning salons cannot make any claims about it...they should at least be able to mention that it MAY help. It's definitely helping me-- thanks so much tanning industry! (even though i miss my porcelain skin)
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psoriasistanner, just like salons are not aloud to tell you about the benefits of tanning beds for psoriasis we're also not permitted to tell you how the dermatoligists have been lying to you about how you need to hide from the sun. hopefully this is all going to change soon! scan thru the rest of the uvadvantage forum on tantalk and you can find tons of articles and links. also have you heard about curcumin, turmeric or curry for psoriasis yet?
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