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Lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease. This means the body turns on itself, the same thing it is supposed to be protecting. There is no known cure for Lupus.
One of the conditions with Lupus is sensitivity to sunlight. If you know you have lupus, you should not use tanning beds or tan out in the sun. A tanning bed emits the same UV rays that the sun emits. If you have lupus, don't use a tanning bed unless you have permission from your doctor.
Always consult a doctor if you are unclear about whether you can or cannot tan.