A doctor urged eczema patients not to treat themselves with sun beds after a woman claimed they had cured her skin condition & # 39 ;.
Grainne Kennedy, 19, has had red itchy skin all her life. She even claims that her symptoms were so severe that she & # 39; never knew how a full night's sleep & # 39; felt.
On the recommendation of her family, the childcare worker from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, had four sunbathing sessions, each lasting five minutes.
She recently took on Twitter to show before and after photos how the UV rays supposedly clear up her skin.
But a leading dermatologist has emphasized that tanning beds do not cure eczema & # 39; and that any benefits & # 39; are short-lived & # 39 ;.
He added that as a skin specialist he sees far too many patients who have developed deadly skin cancer after & # 39; long-term use of the tanning bed & # 39 ;.
Grainne Kennedy claims that tanning beds have cured her eczema & # 39; after just four sessions. But a leading dermatologist has emphasized that the benefits & # 39; of short duration & # 39; and that the habit can cause skin cancer
Miss Kennedy posted a photo of her red crab-marked arms (left) on social media to emphasize how serious her eczema was. She followed this with an image of her clear skin (right)
Miss Kennedy posted a photo of her red, scribbly arms on social media to emphasize how serious her eczema was.
She followed this with an image of her limbs, which she laid down on sun beds.
Signing the posts, Miss Kennedy wrote: "Born with eczema and 19 years later I started sunbeds and this is the result. Emotionally and so & # 39; n relief.
& # 39; I never knew what a night's sleep felt like. Was always afraid of the sun beds and what the possible outcomes were, but you will never know if you are not trying. & # 39;
Miss Kennedy claims that her family advised to try the sun beds and to calm her irritated skin.
Although she was aware of the dangers of UV rays, Miss Kennedy added that her condition was so extreme that she wanted to try everything.
& # 39; I was naturally wary because they could give you skin cancer and so on, but I had to seize the opportunity because my eczema got worse as the days progressed & she said.
& # 39; The outcome since I started using them was brilliant. It was gone after four sessions of five minutes each. & # 39;
Social media users were surprised at Grainne's discovery, one even tanning beds a & # 39; savior & # 39; called.
Another impressed follower wrote: & # 39; Holy s *** I have heard of that before but may have to give it a try. & # 39;
Others, however, were more skeptical.
A social media user who appears to be suffering from eczema and was warned by a friend wrote: & # 39; (I) saw this, but remember that I am often burned by the sun.
& # 39; I cannot add sunbeds to the mix or it will end badly. & # 39;
Miss Kennedy's red, irritated skin was so severe that she & # 39; never knew what a night's sleep & # 39; used to be
She posted a photo before and after on social media, who were retweeted more than 200 times and liked & # 39; by more than 3600 Twitter users. However, a doctor has emphasized that there is no & # 39; cure & # 39; is for eczema, where phototherapy only causes remission when performed by a physician
Despite Miss Kennedy's relief of clearing her eczema, a doctor has spoken about the dangers of using tanning beds.
Dr. Adil Sheraz, a dermatologist who advises at the Royal Free Hospital in London, said: & # 39; The use of tanning beds to treat the skin conditions themselves is not recommended.
& # 39; There is no cure for eczema and tanning beds or phototherapy are not a cure.
& # 39; Phototherapy can occasionally bring eczema into remission, which may be short-lived.
& # 39; When patients go to dermatological clinics, they are evaluated and a large number of treatment options are offered, including phototherapy.
& # 39; But certain patients will not be suitable. & # 39;
Dr. Sheraz added he treats many patients who have damaged their skin due to sun beds.
& # 39; As a dermatologist, we often have to deal with the results of long-term use as a tanning bed, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; This includes the treatment of fatal skin cancer, such as melanoma or squamous cell cancer.
& # 39; Phototherapy should only be done under the advice and supervision of a dermatologist consultant in a specialized department.
ARE SUNBIDS SAFE?
Tanning beds spread UV light that increases the risk of people developing skin cancer.
Many sunbeds emit larger doses of UV radiation than the tropical sun in the afternoon.
Tans protect the body against the harmful effects of sun rays.
Tanning a tanning bed is no safer than a tanning bed and can be even more dangerous if:
- UV rays are stronger
- People use them longer
- People use them often
- Users have fair skin or hair
- Users are older than 50
Previous studies suggest that people who are often exposed to UV rays before 25 are more likely to develop skin cancer later in life.
Sunburn in childhood also increases the risk.
According to the Sunbeds Regulation Act 2010, it is illegal for people under 18 to use them in the UK.
A similar law is proposed in the US.
Signs of skin damage are not always clear for up to 20 years, but usually start with a mole that has changed color or appearance, which can sand or bleed later.
UV rays can also damage people's eyes, which can lead to irritation, conjunctivitis or cataract.
Source: NHS Choices
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