Toasted skin syndrome, also known as erythema ab igne, is a condition characterized

What Is Toasted Skin Syndrome? Doctor Explains How Continuous Exposure To Laptop Heat Can Harm Your Skin

What Is Toasted Skin Syndrome? Doctor Explains How Continuous Exposure To Laptop Heat Can Harm Your Skin

Laptops are often used on laps, but this practice can pose risks to skin health due to the heat emitted by these devices. Despite longstanding warnings about the dangers of laptop heat on the skin, many people continue this habit. To emphasize this point, the team at OnlyMyHealth interviewed Dr. G Manmohan, Senior Consultant Dermatologist at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderguda. According to Dr. Manmohan, continuous and prolonged exposure to laptop heat can lead to a condition known as erythema ab igne, or Toasted Skin Syndrome (TSS).

Toasted Skin Syndrome

Toasted Skin Syndrome Caused By Laptop Heat

According to a study conducted by the American University of Antigua, Toasted Skin Syndrome (TSS) is an acquired skin irregularity caused by continuous exposure to moderate heat or infrared radiation. Published in the journal “Cureus,” the study notes that historically, TSS was common among bakers and industrial workers. However, in modern times, new heat sources such as laptops and heated car seats have also been linked to cases of TSS.

Discussing the symptoms of TSS, Dr. Manmohan stated, “TSS results in persistent red skin rashes, which can cause discomfort, soreness, itching, and burning.”

The study also highlights that while TSS can resolve spontaneously after removing the heat source, if left undiagnosed and unchecked, persistent exposure to heat sources may lead to permanent pigmentation or even skin cancer.

Erythema Ab Igne Treatment

Toasted Skin Syndrome (TSS) is rare, particularly with modern sources of heat and radiation, and typically requires weeks to months of exposure to manifest. Therefore, it’s crucial to be aware of this syndrome and communicate any similar symptoms to your doctor if noticed.

In addition to laptops, other sources of heat and infrared radiation that can cause TSS include space heaters, heated blankets and vests, sauna belts, and heated car seats. This poses a challenge for individuals who rely heavily on laptops for work, as the potential risks may not seem worth the convenience.

Dr. Manmohan suggests several preventive measures to avoid TSS:

  • Reduce laptop usage time.
  • Opt for laptops with efficient cooling systems.
  • Use a barrier between the laptop and the skin, such as a pillow or desk.

Regarding treatment, Dr. Manmohan explains that dermatologists typically prescribe medications to soothe the affected area and reduce inflammation.

With increasing clinical presentations of laptop-induced skin inflammation, awareness of erythema ab igne or toasted head syndrome is crucial for the working population. Continuous exposure to heat and radiation sources can result in permanent skin damage. Therefore, it’s essential to take preventive measures, as the symptoms of TSS may take a long time to appear, and skin damage may occur without immediate realization.