Sun lamps provide a convenient way of getting a sun tan when weather conditions do not allow exposure to natural sunlight or when the user wants to attain a sun tan quickly and easily. But sun lamps can also be used to treat several health disorders, namely:
Suppressing symptoms of mental conditions
Sun lamps can help to treat several mood disorders such as seasonal affective disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and postpartum depression. Being exposed to the light prevents the body from discharging melatonin, the hormone that controls the body’s sleep and wake cycles. This results in a better mood and more energy.
Minimizing neurological damage
The artificial light emitted by sun lamps has been observed to slow and prevent certain types of neurological damage. Researchers have also found that the light may help to reduce high levels of bilirubin in babies who are born prematurely. Bilirubin is a yellow substance that causes jaundice in new born babies.
The light from a sun lamp can help to improve skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Eczema is a skin condition that is characterized by dry scaly skin. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder manifested by thick scaly lesions on the skin surface.
The UV rays emitted by a sun lamp helps to suppress the hyperactive cells of the skin immune system that cause inflammation of the skin in these disorders.
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