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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Seizures and Tanning

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I have myclonic seizures and I'd like to get a suntan. I was wondering if tanning booths are safe for people who have seizures.

 

Answer

Anticonvulsant drugs are medicines used to prevent or treat convulsions (seizures); and, like some other drugs, they may increase sensitivity to sunlight. This means even brief exposure to the sun's rays can cause severe sunburn or a rash. While being treated with such medicines, you should avoid being in direct sunlight, especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; wear a hat and tightly woven clothing that covers the arms and legs; use a sunscreen with a skin protection factor (SPF) of at least 15; protect the lips with a sun block lipstick; and DO NOT use tanning beds, tanning booths or sunlamps.
 

We assume you are in fact taking an anticonvulsant medication. Even if you are not, you should probably avoid tanning booths. Myoclonic seizure patients are sensitive to changes in light intensity or flickering lights, and attacks can be precipitated by flashing light. You don't want to risk it. There are good sunless tanning products available.
 

These links below may be helpful to you in learning more.

 

Related Links
Anticonvulsant Drugs
Epilepsy.com: Myoclonic Seizures
Neurology Channel: Epilepsy/Seizures

Created on: 06/02/2005
Reviewed on: 06/15/2009

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Anonymous wrote 6 weeks 15 hours ago

idea, go on holiday or buy fake tan. :]

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