'Toasted Skin Syndrome': Are laptop users at risk

Before any one of you starts thinking about marks on the skin due to the sunís heat or starts thinking about how dangerous a tan could be, please hold your thoughts because that is not what a ďToasted Skin SyndromeĒ is all about.

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Toasted skin syndrome is a very popularly used term for a hyperpigmented skin rash which happens due to overexposure of the skin cells to the heat or infra-red rays in general. This rash has been associated with several external (mostly man made) heating stimuli such as body heaters, tan bands and most recently laptops too!

What does the Mark Look Like?

Just as the name suggests, the mark has a slightly dry red to brownish tinge. The appearance is usually mottled with a net like pattern. The reason why this rash develops hasnít been established as yet but practical evidence suggests that it appears due to alterations in the blood flow owing to the higher than normal body temperature or damage of a few blood vessels in the region.

How can laptops cause it?

First, these rashes arenít something that happen to your face because more often than not, the face is the first region that everyone protects from any such external stimulus. A lot of us have the habit to work with the laptop on the legs. Some of us must be remembering how as kids, we were told that the hot air fan vent of the laptop should be left uncovered so that the laptop doesnít get extremely heated up. Now, when we work with the laptop seated on our legs, this heat gets absorbed by our skin which in turn over continuous exposure over time starts looking toasted. Some people whose skin is more sensitive than the rest, experience such a rash faster. It isnít technically a burn but it does itch and after care is required.

Can the damage be prevented?

Yes- one just has to be careful enough to ensure that they do not expose themselves to too much heat.

What is the solution if one has had it already?

No specific solution or treatment for the same has been generated as yet but the usual burn creams and ointments help. Also, one needs to visit their dermatologist for a more accurate assessment. The results usually take time but over a period of adequate care, the skin can be restored to its normal form.

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