Friday, January 04, 2008

Not Seeing the Light

What's green, and can make you red all over?
Using environmentally friendly light bulbs can be seriously bad for your skin, doctors warn.

New energy-saving bulbs produce a more intense light which can cause eruptions of existing skin problems, like eczema, and even lead to skin cancer, they claim.

The revelation comes after health experts warned the fluorescent bulbs, which are to become compulsory in homes within four years, could trigger migraines and cause dizziness and discomfort to people with epilepsy.

The lives of thousands of people may be threatened if the government's plan to phase out the normal variety of incandescent lighting goes ahead without exemptions.

Sufferers could be prevented from using electric light in their own homes, visit family and friends, or have access to employment and public services.

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