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LAPTOP/SKIN DAMAGEBack
[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.


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