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‘Toasted Skin Syndrome’ Warning For Laptop Users
Associated Press ^ | 10/4/10 | CBS2/AP

Posted on 10/04/2010 9:42:54 PM PDT by Lmo56

Have you ever worked on your laptop computer with it sitting on your lap, heating up your legs? If so, you might want to rethink that habit.

Doing it a lot can lead to “toasted skin syndrome,” an unusual-looking mottled skin condition caused by long-term heat exposure, according to medical reports.

(Excerpt) Read more at newyork.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Humor
KEYWORDS: burns; laptop
I've always thought that a laptop could be used as a grilled cheese cooker in a pinch - or maybe a George Foreman Grill ...
1 posted on 10/04/2010 9:42:58 PM PDT by Lmo56
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To: Lmo56

“It’s always something.”


2 posted on 10/04/2010 9:45:10 PM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers - AL West Champions)
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To: Lmo56

Twelve-year-old boy's left thigh showing signs of toasted skin syndrome


3 posted on 10/04/2010 9:47:34 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: dfwgator

Ahhhh good ole DFW - was stationed at Carswell AFB ....


4 posted on 10/04/2010 9:47:46 PM PDT by Lmo56 (</i><p>)
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To: Lmo56

So it was my laptop that ended my swimsuit modeling career?!?

Whom do I sue?


5 posted on 10/04/2010 9:50:42 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: dfwgator
Anyone who sits with a laptop on their, uhhh, lap all the time would know that the darn things tend to get rather HOT after a while .. and anyone using a laptop which is getting HOT should have the good sense to .. ummm, well, take the damn thing OFF their lap !!!

Why is it that common sense seems so uncommon nowadays?

6 posted on 10/04/2010 9:52:43 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Mr_Moonlight

Yeah, but there isn’t a warning label on the laptops with a lap and a red circle slash over it - how are we suppose to know laptops get hot?/huge sarc.


7 posted on 10/04/2010 9:56:10 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Lmo56

There may be fertility consequences from close proximity electromagnetic radiation. Not to worry, however, my radar-tuning days taught me that fertility problems go away in time.


8 posted on 10/04/2010 9:56:43 PM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: Mr_Moonlight

Especially if they spend the whole time watching videos, if I’m just on FR, the laptop stays cool, but start watching videos, and you can fry an egg on it.


9 posted on 10/04/2010 9:57:08 PM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers - AL West Champions)
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To: Lmo56
So what's up with these?


10 posted on 10/04/2010 9:57:48 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Lmo56

If your laptop gets really hot, you might want to open it up and clean out the fan. I just did that, and boy does my laptop run cooler.


11 posted on 10/04/2010 9:59:59 PM PDT by MetaThought
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To: dfwgator
Especially if they spend the whole time watching videos,

And the picture is of a 12 year old BOY.

Not too hard to put 2 and 2 together.

12 posted on 10/04/2010 10:01:38 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (lame and ill-informed post)
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To: OldNavyVet

Worked for NEC [the Nips] in the 80’s in the fiber optics division - other side of the shop worked microwaves.

Japanese boss of microwaves [20+ years experience] said microwave guys suffer the ultimate fate children-wise [all girls] ...


13 posted on 10/04/2010 10:02:47 PM PDT by Lmo56 (</i><p>)
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To: libertarian27
how are we suppose to know laptops get hot?

Those EVIL(!) corporate laptop makers never told us any of this :( Even if they did, we would ignore the warning anyway, and sue nonetheless ... or else commission a government 'study' about 'mottled knees' ...

Now then .. where is my overly hot McDonalds coffee cup ???

/sarc off

14 posted on 10/04/2010 10:04:47 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: mylife
Is that a MacIntosh? Where's the display screen?


15 posted on 10/04/2010 10:05:25 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Lmo56

Puts a whole new spin on computer nerds having a weenie roast


16 posted on 10/04/2010 10:11:19 PM PDT by tophat9000 (.............................. BP + BO = BS ...........................Formula for a disaster...)
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To: JoeProBono
A twelve-year-old boy showing signs of not owning a Red Ryder BB gun, or knowing how to build a tree fort or fish for bluegill. The pussification of our next generation is just about complete. We could win every election for the next twenty years, but this who we bestow the spoils of victory upon - the Nintendo and Hot Pockets generation. We are doomed.

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

17 posted on 10/04/2010 11:12:38 PM PDT by Viking2002 (2010 - NO PRISONERS! NO QUARTER!)
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To: libertarian27

Actually, my new laptop does have a warning label to tell you not to roast yourself!


18 posted on 10/04/2010 11:42:44 PM PDT by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: Lmo56

So now we have to be told that the laptop gets hot?????????????


19 posted on 10/05/2010 1:44:15 AM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: UCANSEE2

LoL!


20 posted on 10/05/2010 2:53:36 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: dfwgator
I'd be more concerned about par-boiling My own, um "eggs"

CC

21 posted on 10/05/2010 4:49:32 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (ostende mihi pecuniam!)
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To: mylife

I have seen the results of overuse of heating pads and they are exactly the same as the *toasted skin* mottling. The person in question had been in a bad auto accident and used the heating pad obsessively for many months. When I saw her, it had already been some time since she did this, but the discoloration was still evident.

There is also some risk in overusing ice to treat pain. Leaving the ice on too long or using it obsessively can result in the body reacting by increasing the pain signals.

Heat is effective for about 15 minutes at a time. If you absolutely must use it longer, do not put it directly against the skin. Use it with some protection between heat and skin. A rice or flax seed pack is preferable to a heating pad simply because it naturally loses heat in 15-20 minutes.

For ice, leave it on until the area is numb, which happens relatively quickly. Then, take it off. You can use heat after ice to rewarm the area. Alternating heat and ice (ice first for 3 minutes, then heat for 5 minutes) creates a vascular pump by first driving blood into the tissue with ice, then using heat to bring blood to the surface, bringing with it various by-products of inflammation. This is effective for treating muscle spasms after injury. Minimum ice application only is best for the first 48 hours, then contrast (ice followed by heat) can be used. Limit these treatments to 3x-4x a day.

Some inflammation is essential to initiate healing in deep muscle trauma. I have been told by RNs that if ibuprofon is followed in 2 hours by acetaminophen, the two act on different parts of the brain for better pain relief. Consult a qualified medical practitioner for the dosage and to verify this. The information was given to me in regard to using less of each while still controlling pain.


22 posted on 10/05/2010 6:28:48 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Lmo56

Shortly after those radar tuning days, my wife and I produced four kids, three consecutive sons ... followed by a daughter.


23 posted on 10/05/2010 7:34:54 AM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: reformedliberal

I use the ibuprofen/acetominophin trick sometimes. But I already had a doctor tell me it was OK for me, as well as giving me the appropriate dosage for my size. So I don’t “recommend” others do anything.

I use a pillow for my laptop, so it’s not on my lap. You can also buy special-built cooling pads for underneath the laptop. I find the pillow puts the laptop at the right height so I can read in my lazy-boy recliner with my elbows on the armrests. And I don’t get too hot. You do need a pillow small enough that it doesn’t block the fan if it’s on the bottom of your laptop.


24 posted on 10/05/2010 8:16:26 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Both of your comments are sensible, IMO.

I learned about the ibuprofen/acetominophin trick when I asked an RN why acetominophin was in the codiene+ painkillers, because my experience had been that acetominophin did little to nothing for pain. That was when she told me how to use them.

Dosage is absolutely to be prescribed by someone who knows what they are talking about relative to each individual.

Only a kid, IMO, would be using a laptop on bare thighs. In many online videos, I have noticed young people wearing shorts almost every month of the year in every situation. I suppose it is fashion.

I do think one can use the Thermacare heat wraps against bare skin. I have, with no ill effects. They work via oxidation and it is a very low level of heat. I also will move the back heat belts around every once in awhile to catch a different area.


25 posted on 10/05/2010 9:11:12 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: UCANSEE2

THANKS FOR THE LAUGH! Your post cracked me up!


26 posted on 10/05/2010 10:17:29 AM PDT by Mrs. B.S. Roberts
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To: OldNavyVet

I hope/bet they all have a great AURA about them.


27 posted on 10/05/2010 10:22:28 AM PDT by GOYAKLA (Flush Congress in 2010 & 2012)
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To: ottbmare
Actually, my new laptop does have a warning label to tell you not to roast yourself!

I thought the bell was to remind you to turn over and put the laptop on the back of your knees so you roast evenly ...

28 posted on 10/05/2010 10:24:55 AM PDT by Lmo56 (</i><p>)
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