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How does Indoor tanning effect SLE patients?



I am 34 yrs. old and have been diagnosed with SLE for 12 years. I am taking a vacation and will be out in the sun so I have been tanning in a salon so my skin is used to uv rays. I have never been sun sensitive and have not had a problem since I started tanning. Can you tell me how indoor sun tanning effects lupus patients? Is it the tanning that causes flare ups or is it burning. I would like to know.


Ultraviolet light may exacerbate lupus rashes and even induce flare in Systemic lupus. It is not the burning itself, it is the ultraviolet light. Tanning beds are not recommended for SLE patients. Natural sun light exposure without a sun block is not recommended either.

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Yolanda   Farhey, MD Yolanda Farhey, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati