Commercial Tanning Bed Use as a Medical Therapy

K. Alexandra Acosta, Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, Michael Wilkerson

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An anonymous 9-question survey was composed and distributed to members of the Texas Dermatological Society to evaluate dermatologists' prescription of commercial tanning beds for treatment of certain dermatologic and other medical conditions and to seek opinions on whether commercial tanning beds are a legitimate medical therapy. Results show that although dermatologists agree recreational tanning should always be discouraged, some Texas dermatologists do occasionally recommend commercial tanning bed use for some conditions in patients who cannot afford traditional in-office phototherapy because they lack insurance or have high copays or for those patients who live in regions with limited access to in-office phototherapy or have significant barriers to coming into the clinic. Conditions for which patients are referred to commercial tanning beds include psoriasis, renal prurigo, atopic dermatitis, and mycosis fungoides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1
JournalTexas Medicine
Volume111
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Phototherapy
Prurigo
Therapeutics
Mycosis Fungoides
Atopic Dermatitis
Insurance
Psoriasis
Prescriptions
Kidney
Dermatologists

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Acosta, K. A., Hunter-Ellul, L., & Wilkerson, M. (2015). Commercial Tanning Bed Use as a Medical Therapy. Texas Medicine, 111(6), e1.

Commercial Tanning Bed Use as a Medical Therapy. / Acosta, K. Alexandra; Hunter-Ellul, Lindsey; Wilkerson, Michael.

In: Texas Medicine, Vol. 111, No. 6, 01.06.2015, p. e1.

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Acosta, KA, Hunter-Ellul, L & Wilkerson, M 2015, 'Commercial Tanning Bed Use as a Medical Therapy', Texas Medicine, vol. 111, no. 6, pp. e1.
Acosta KA, Hunter-Ellul L, Wilkerson M. Commercial Tanning Bed Use as a Medical Therapy. Texas Medicine. 2015 Jun 1;111(6):e1.
Acosta, K. Alexandra ; Hunter-Ellul, Lindsey ; Wilkerson, Michael. / Commercial Tanning Bed Use as a Medical Therapy. In: Texas Medicine. 2015 ; Vol. 111, No. 6. pp. e1.
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