We know that laptop radiation is a really risk. However there is even more health risk from a laptop. If you place your laptop on your lap for long periods of time as you work on it – you may get burns on your legs or what is known as the “toasted skin syndrome”.The picture below provided by the journal Pediatrics shows a 12 year boy who is picture with evidence of “toasted skin syndrome” on his leg due to exposure to high temperatures due to playing video games for extended time with a laptop resting on his legs.
The skins get this unusual looking mottled skin condition. Under the microscope the affected skin looks like skin damaged by exposure to long term sun.
A Virginia law student also reported the same condition. The student had spent six hours with the computer propped on her lap. The temperature registered at 125 degrees.
In the past six years, over 10 laptop related cases have been reported. The condition can cause permanent skin darkening. In very rare cases it can cause skin cancers as reported by Swiss researchers, Drs. Andreas Arnold and Peter Itin from University Hospital Basel.
However major laptops manufacturers such as HP, Dell and Apple warn user against placing laps on laps for long periods because of the risk of burns. A laptop shield or blocker should be placed under the lap if it has to be held on the lap.
We also know heat from laptops can cause a reduction in sperm count in men.