lupus and tanning.

I need help with the pros and cons on tanning. Tanning beds or sun. I know neither is good.

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are you kidding? what part of lupus don't you understand? no sun,no dappled shade, no tanning beds,no laying in the shade next to the pool, because the reflection from the water is the same as sun. long sleeves even in the summer, with a hat when you have to be in the sun, sunscreen, sunscreen sunscreen and please look at lupus websites before you make yourself more ill or shorten your life.

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i know tanning sounds stupid especially with this disease. I was just diagnosed last sept. Tanning has been a part of my life since I was about 16. Im 38 now. I look at all the tanned people and it makes me depressed. I tanned last week for 3 days, but i only stayed 4 minutes each time. Felt a little sick at my stomach. Does all lupus people have the same reaction?

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i have lupus and scleroderma. i'm 56 and have had them for at least 20 yrs. i've had a very bad day so i'm sorry if i sound a little yucky today,however n answer to your post. lupus patients cannot be in the sun and that's the reality of it. if you think you're depressed over other people's tans just wait until you cause yourself to go into a major flare. then you'll really know what depression is. try www.lupus.com for good info, and please stay out of the sun.

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Thank you. I was diagnosed with lupus and scleroderma. and last month had a positive lip biopsy for sjogrens. Ive just had a crappy year and was hopeing some sun would make me feel better. Guess im gonna have to face reality sooner than later.

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Tanning? Even George Hamilton gave up tanning.

Sunning and lupus is like having a cobra as a pet. If you live close to the ocean, take an evening walk and renew your life with the fresh air.

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Hi panthermom, i'm facing a similar dilemma. I think the spray tan could be an option or the store brands like jergens that do self tanning. Of course none of these are great or long lasting but could keep us healthier for longer. Btw I too have lupus.

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Tanning has always made me feel good.My oldest son graduates May 27th and I wanted a little color. and June 12th im going to hawaii. a spray tan may be what i will have to do. thank you.

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Wow, some harsh comments on this page. I guess its no to tanning.

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regular tanning is not good for lupus..........but on the lupus forum of america, there is this thing about, i think it's the uvb rays..........don't hold me to this, but it's the burning rays that r bad.............there is some posts about this subject on the forum for lupus...........i just can't remember..............but they don't do it for tanning...........those other rays r good, so they say..........i haven't tried it.........

cmt..............

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i'm not trying to be harsh but when i hear sun and lupus i freak. my rheumy tld me when i was first diagnosed that he has a patient w lupus who decided to go to FL and forgo his advice about the sun. According to him within 24 hrs of arriving home she was dead from kidney failure. whether this story is true or his attempt to scare me into submission, i don't care. It's kept me out f the sun. in fact everyytime family took a car trip i would end up extremely sick. It was the sun so my rheumy wrote me a script to keep in th car after we had the windows tinted with a uva-uvb film because in some states you can't have darkn tinted windows. after that travel was fine.

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Thank you. Im still just new to all of this. On a comment that was deleted i guess, said i was immature and stupid. Yes, I guess I am stupid, because I dont know everything about this disease yet. Im still reading and learning and the more i read and learn, the more i get mad and depressed. Im sorry that some people are worse than others. Im sure Im gonna get there. The more I worry about the future, the more time im wasting today. If people are gonna leave me crappy comments. Save your time and dont leave me one. ( this is tothe lady that deleted her comment)

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This is a hard disease to live with. The mental part is sometimes harder than the physical. Nobody wants to give up the things they love in life - at least not at first. Those of us in our 50's who worshipped the sun as teenagers (before anyone even heard of skin cancer or sunscreen) find it hard to slather on that sunscreen...but the alternative is far worse. Find something else to love instead....reading....movies....tea-time with friends, etc.

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@panthermom Knowing what might happen is a good thing so that you know what to watch out for and how to prevent damage. You don't have to get worse or expect that you will. I lot of us have gotten better.

About the comments, sometimes people with chronic pain lash out without thinking about the real person on the other side of the comment. It does not make it okay to do; just understandable. The intention was good (to get you to stop some behavior they thought was very dangerous to you). Maybe they deleted it in hopes that you hadn't read it yet.

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i'm sorry someone was downright cruel and they knew it or they wouldn't have deleted it. Having said that it was probably a very bad day for that person. I'm one of thos people that says whats on my mind but i realize that there are days i just shouldn't say anything, and i would never be cruel about anything. Keep reading and researching the info is vast and sites like this let us learn,laugh,cry and just plain vent. i'm having a very hard time with gasro issues as well as fatigue and weakness, have lost 30 in the last few months. went for barium swallow today. YUCKKKKK back to dr. soon for results and colonoscopy and endoscopy. i'm basicly housebound now because of the unannounced projectile diarrhea followed by constipation that takes 6 or 7 ex-lax to relieve it.takes me 2 days to recover from that. (to much info?) sorry. well that was todays vent i'm sure they'll be more to come.

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