What have you always wondered about the economy? Tell us
Codebreaker

Toasted skin syndrome for laptop users

Larissa Anderson Oct 4, 2010

Today, in the journal Pediatrics, Swiss researchers reported the case of a 12-year old boy whose skin started showing a sponge pattern on his legs after he had his computer on his lap for a few hours every day for months. It’s called “toasted skin syndrome,” and the case of the 12-year old is one of a handful of cases in the past six years where people have developed skin conditions from the heat of their computers. If you’re going to have a hot computer on your lap for many hours, doctors recommend moving it. Or putting something between you and it. Anything to stop the hot computer from burning your skin.

As a nonprofit news organization, our future depends on listeners like you who believe in the power of public service journalism.

Your investment in Marketplace helps us remain paywall-free and ensures everyone has access to trustworthy, unbiased news and information, regardless of their ability to pay.

Donate today — in any amount — to become a Marketplace Investor. Now more than ever, your commitment makes a difference.