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What Is Toasted Skin Syndrome That Everyone Is Talking About?

You may be wondering why a photo with a laptop is inserted above, well, that is because one of the main causes of Toasted Skin Syndrome are Laptops, and if you’ve ever perched your computer on your lap and experienced the sensation of heat, you can get a sense of how this can happen.

To find out more about it continue reading.

What is toasted skin syndrome?

Toasted skin syndrome is another name for a type of hyperpigmented rash that is caused by heat exposure to the skin at levels that are too low to cause a burn, and the rash is normally red or brown in color which has a distinct net-like pattern in appearance.

The heat is usually not enough to cause a burn to the skin, but can cause changes in the superficial blood vessels and perhaps even the collagen and elastin components of the skin.

The rash pattern can often fade on its own. However, in some cases, people may experience a “mild itching or burning sensation”.

90% of cases of toasted skin syndrome occur on the legs and thighs and what concerns us is that there is a possible association between toasted skin syndrome and nonmelanoma skin cancers, but only in cases where the skin lesions “evolve or ulcerate”.

How to prevent toasted skin syndrome?

The most critical preventive measure is to remove the source of repetitive heat and avoid it as much as possible so when it comes to laptops, keep the device on a desk or at least on top of a pillow or thick blanket away from exposed skin.

If your redness doesn’t go away for a long time, consult a dermatologist for professional help.

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Dr. Donika

About the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
She has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.

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