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Watch out! Your laptop may leave you with toasted skin

Watch out! Your laptop may leave you with toasted skin

Beware of placing that laptop on your thighs, Yes precisely so! There have been reports streaming in from various parts of the world, with people reporting of “Toasted Skin Syndrome” – as reported by Laptopmag. This medical condition of brownish skin discolouration results due to prolonged exposure to laptop heat. Currently up to 10 folks have complained of lesions and discolouration on their thighs after being exposed to continuous laptop heat on the upper leg portion of their body for 6 to 8 hours a day, for a few months on a regular basis.

This issue came to light particularly after a young boy aged 12 developed a “sponge coloured” patterned discolouration on his upper left thigh, as a result of playing computer games for a few hours every day over a time span of a couple of months.

This condition was first reported in 2004 and was reported as laptop induced dermatitis. It results in permanently discoloured skin and in rare conditions it may also lead to skin cancer.

The normal temperature under a laptop is about 52 degrees Celsius. But there are many instances where the temperature may shoot up to 125 degrees Celsius with a mere 15 minutes of switching on. What is sufficient temperature to cause a skin discolouration may however be anywhere between 109.4 to 116.6 degrees, with lack of ventilation.

It is always advisable to use a notebook cooler, particularly if you use laptop keeping on your thighs a lot. This might add an extra bit of weight, or even restrict the leg movement to some extent – but the extra fans should keep the processors cool enough not to cause any health trouble.You can check out the review one of Logitech's cooler we strongly recommend (the one on the pic to be precise).

So next time you casually place your laptop over your thighs, Think twice, for it may not be as innocuous as you think. Precaution is anyway better than cure. And as for this case, Well, the bitter truth is, There is no cure, once it reaches the extreme stage.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2010-10-12 (Update: 2012-05-26)