|[Published: Monday November 01 2010]
Resting laptop on lap 'can damage skin’
People who work with a laptop computer resting on their legs have been warned that they could be permanently damaging their skin.
A medical report has found that placing the devices next to skin for long periods of time can lead to "toasted skin syndrome," an unusual-looking mottled skin condition caused by long-term heat exposure.
In one case, a 12-year-old boy developed a sponge-patterned skin discoloration on his left thigh after playing computer games a few hours every day for several months.
"He recognised that the laptop got hot on the left side; however, regardless of that, he did not change its position," Swiss researchers reported in an article published in the journal Pediatrics.