Your Laptop On Your Lap: Not A Good Combination

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A Laptop On Your Lap: Is It Safe?

Nowadays, we work just about anywhere. From a corner table in Starbucks, to a big office on main street. More and more people are working from home or wherever and thus use their portable laptops any kind of way. But actually putting them on your lap could do some damage.

The prolonged placement of laptop on the thighs results in the thermal build of around 44 degrees of heat to which the skin responds by developing persistent redness and pigmentation. This has been reported in medical literature between 2004 to date.

Some Harmful effects
“The skin develops a patch which is mottled (caused by local hemostasis — stagnation of blood) and later becomes reticulated erythema (patchy striped erythema) leaving behind pigmentation,” says Cosmeto-dermatologist Dr Swati Srivastava.

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He also warns that repeated skin exposure can waste tissues, typically due to the degeneration of cells. If there is a persistent soreness that does not heal, a skin biopsy should be performed to rule out the possibility of skin cancer.

The heat emitted from the portable computers has been cited to have a similar effect on men as taking hot baths. News sources advise young boys and men of child rearing age to abstain from or closely monitor the amount of time they spend with a laptop sitting on the lap.

Putting a laptop on your lap is not only bad for your skin, but it’s also bad for your computer because it can partially or completely inhibit the exhaust fan, which can lead to overheating.

Women are not exempt from the negative effects of putting a computer on the lap. Other articles talk about a condition known as…