Laptop is one of the miraculous inventions. The most prominent feature is that laptop is mobile and you can take it anywhere. Laptops are available in different sizes, colors and with different configuration. But all laptop have one very common problem of getting hot after couple of hours of use. Those of you who work on laptop keeping it on your lap might have felt the heat many times. You might not know, but that heat level can be harmful for your skin. Recent observations of various doctors have revealed that working with a laptop on your lap could lead to “toasted skin syndrome.”
Toasted Skin Syndrome
Toasted skin syndrome is technically called erythema ab igne (from the Latin “redness from fire”). The condition is characterized by discolored sponge-patterned skin caused by prolonged exposure to a heat or infrared source, according to medical reports.
- In the case documented in journal Pediatrics, researchers at University Hospital Basel in Switzerland described a case of a 12-year-old boy, who developed a sponge-patterned discoloration on his left thigh after playing computer games a few hours every day for several months. The boy recognized that the laptop got hot on the left side, but he ignore the condition and continued working in the same position.
Experts further revealed that the condition also can be caused by overuse of heating pads and other heat sources that usually aren’t hot enough to cause burns.
- Another case was reported by dermatologists in Halifax a month ago in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. In this case,...
a 20-year-old female university student went to her doctor after developing a net-like discoloring on her inner thighs. Her doctors reported that she regularly worked with laptops on her legs for long hours.
- One more case involved a Virginia law student who got treatment for the mottled discoloration on her leg. Dr. Kimberley Salkey, who treated the young woman, was stumped until she learned the student spent about six hours a day working with her computer propped on her lap. The temperature underneath registered 125 degrees.
According to Swiss researchers, the discoloration of skin is generally harmless, but it can cause permanent skin darkening. It was also mentioned that in some cases, though it is rare, such skin damage can lead to skin cancers.
It is recommended to use heat shield underneath of your laptop to protect your lap from the heat. I hope many of you who have a habit of using laptop on your lap might consider using the heat shield to avoid toasting of skin.