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It is always a good idea to get a medical opinion from your doctor before using a tanning bed. There are many conditions that could be adversely affected by tanning, so you should make sure you are all clear to avoid some potential problems.
Conditions like lupus, diabetes, and herpes can worsen with the use of a tanning bed. Your doctor may also be able to give you advice on how often you should be tanning and for how long. However, it is likely that your doctor will recommend that you do not tan at all. Talking with him or her about potential problems that tanning can lead to is never a bad idea.
Many tanning salons will also make you sign a waiver stating that you know of the risks before you are allowed to use the tanning beds.