INFORMATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

If you get regular manicures, you should be aware that new research shows that the ultraviolet (UV) lamps used in some nail salons to dry and cure nail polish may pose a skin cancer risk. These UV lamps deliver the same UV rays that make tanning beds so dangerous. While previous research has proposed that the lamps in nail salons may prove hazardous, no one actually measured the UV exposure until this most recent study. After testing 17 different lamps in nail salons, it found that it would take between 8 and 208 visits to damage the skin in a way that raises skin cancer risk, depending on the machine. Is that a risk you want to take?

It is always important to understand the health risks of your actions. Manicures with gel polish may have more lasting effects than you want. In addition to extra ultraviolet exposure on your skin, your nails can become thin and cracked due to the inability of oxygen to penetrate the layers of gel. If you are concerned about this topic or any other issue related to hair, skin, or nails, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule an appointment Our dermatologists have up-to-date information so that we can work together to keep you healthy. New patients are welcome at our office located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. The American Cancer Society reports that exposure to ultraviolet radiation is a risk factor for most types of skin cancer.

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POTENTIAL HAZARDS OF NAIL DRYERS

Anyone visiting a nail salon for a manicure or pedicure  may be exposed to one of two types of nail-drying machines. Aside from the air-drying type, there are UV-drying machines that utilize ultraviolet rays to dry nails. The concern with this type of nail dryer is that it emits UVA rays, which penetrate skin most deeply and have been associated with skin cancer. The level of UVA rays emitted is equivalent to that of a tanning bed, which should raise a red flag among those exposed to this radiation. Not only does UV exposure of this type increase the cancer risk of skin surrounding the nails, it also increases the risk of skin cancer beneath the nails.

Many women have routine manicures that include time under a dryer that emits UV rays.  Cumulative exposure to these rays can cause skin cancer.  Avoid this exposure by using other methods to dry your nails.  If you notice unusual spots or lesions on your skin, please call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule a consultation.  We specialize in diagnosing and treating skin cancer.  Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, Elmhurst.  We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist 

P.S. Exposure to UV rays from nail-drying machines is associated with wrinkling and other unattractive symptoms of photo-aging. 

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