New Risk For Laptop Users? Experts Warn About "Toasted Skin Syndrome"


Eyestrain may not be the only thing people who spend a lot of time in front of a computer have to worry about.

A new medical report says that for people who sit their laptops on top of skin while working on it for long periods of time, they may be at risk for "toasted skin syndrome."

Experts say that a 12-year-old boy developed a sponge-patterned skin discoloration on his thighs after playing computer games for a few hours every day over a several month period.

A Virginia law student developed similar discoloration after using her laptop six hours a day. The bottom of the laptop reached 125 degrees.

The condition is generally thought of as harmless, but it can cause permanent skin darkening. In rare cases, doctors say it can lead to skin cancer.

Doctors recommend that laptop users keep their laptops off bare skin, or put a heat shield underneath it.

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