People who put a laptop on their knees for long periods of time could get “toasted skin syndrome” caused by long term exposure to heat.
A new report published in the journal “Pediatrics” cites the case of a 12-year-old boy who developed a discolored sponge like pattern on his left thigh. The boy had been playing video games for a few hours a day on a laptop for several months. Researchers say the boy recognized the laptop was hot on the left side, but didn’t change the computer’s position. Toasted skin syndrome can also be caused by the overuse of heating pads or other heating items. Researchers say in very rare cases the syndrome can cause damage that leads to skin cancers.