Health Concerns For Tanning Beds
Those who have come to enjoy a relaxing 20-30 minutes in a tanning bed may be
surprised to learn that they may be sharing their session with microscopic
organisms from the eggs of lice or other parasites, to fungi, bacteria, and
possibly even viruses. While some organisms will die quickly from exposure to
UV light, others can survive since some bacteria have a protein coating that
protects them. Even those organisms susceptible to UV exposure may require
longer, or more intense exposure than the bed provides, allowing them to live
long enough to potentially infect the next customer.
Disinfectants with specific properties are required for use on tanning beds.
Many salons are still using regular household cleaners that may make the bed
shine but will not kill germs. Others use germicides that will kill germs but
not viruses or fungi. Germicides have also been known to cause photoallergic
skin reactions or contact dermatitis. If the disinfectant has to be mixed and
is not done so according to directions, it becomes ineffective, no matter how
much is sprayed on.
Cracks in bed pillows and scratches in the bed's acrylic may harbor
disease-causing organisms that even the proper disinfectant can't get to. Cloth
pillows should not be used, since they can't be disinfected. To reduce the risk
of potential infections, salons should use approved sanitizing products, use
them correctly, and replace cracked pillows and acrylic surfaces when needed.
We feel that tanning booths are more sanitary since your body doesn't come in
contact with the tanning surface. You can also judge the distance from the
tanning bulbs for a more even tan and with less chance of burning. Some tanning
bed users experience white spots on their backs as a result of a lack of oxygen
to pressure points that come in contact with bed surfaces. This cannot occur
from tanning in a booth. Our VHO(168 watt lamp) tanning booths require shorter
sessions (10-15 min.), provided lamps are changed on schedule.
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