The human body is amazing and the skin covering it protects the tissue, blood vessels, muscles, bones and internal organs. One of the jobs of the skin it to prevent alien matter to penetrate the body and to keep the internal organs at a temperature that enables them to perform at the optimum level. Skin does have vulnerabilities and one of these is to hot and cold. This is a built in protection for the skin to avoid contact with danger, such as fire or ice, along with keeping the internal organs at the proper temperature, by dressing properly. There are things that can fool the skin into having a false sense of security.
Technology and Skin Sometimes are a Bad Mix
When technology mixes with the skin in modern cars with seat warmers it can be extremely comfortable during cold weather. The problem is that using this type of convenience can be detrimental to the skin. The heat produced by seat warmers is not enough to burn the skin and dermatologists have seen a significant increase in patients complaining of a rash or skin darkening, which they now refer to as “ toasted skin syndrome. “ This is a condition that is caused by the extended exposure to the heat produced by the seat warmers, which is not enough to cause burns, but hot enough to damage the skin, with prolonged use. Car seat warmers are becoming standard on many of the newer model vehicles and they are not the only electronic technology that can cause this skin condition known as toasted skin syndrome. Heating pads have long been known to cause damage to the skin and have warnings not to lay directly on them or they can cause burns. One of the newer technologies that are known to cause this condition are laptops, when used directly on the lap, while using them.
Laptop Computers Can Lead to Toasted Skin
Sometimes people will lay in bed, or sit with their laptops on their laps. Some doctors say this can cause sterility, due to too much heat exposure to the testicles, in addition to the other types of injuries that are associated with seatwarmers, etc. Some devices have been know to explode. The bottom line, is that you will need an experienced accident attorney to assist you in you claim.
Permanent Injuries are a Real Possibility
Toasted skin syndrome can be uncomfortable and can cause a dry, scaly rash, with skin darkening that can be permanent, when there is continued exposure. Remembering that new technologies, whether they are seat warmers or the laptop used for enjoyment, can be damaging to the skin when there is extended exposure. Use of car seat warmers should be used only until the heat is working in the car and laptops should be placed on a desk or laptop cart, instead of directly on the legs to avoid skin damage that can be permanent. Contact an accident attorney at Ehline Law Firm PC.