Monday, 2 March 2015

The Danger of Having Your Laptop on Your Lap

As the very name given to it, one wouldn't think twice as to "how do i use my laptop?" because the name already suggest that your lap is the ideal place for your laptop. But while it's certainly convenient to keep your laptop on your lap, the convenience may not be worth the consequences. 

Body dis-orders or diseases range in severity from superficial skin discoloration to potential fertility issues aren't evitable, making this a topic worth paying attention to if you often use a laptop on your lap.

Here are some ailments that can be incurred as a result of exposure to extreme heat emitted from laptops and also the act of prevention in order to be free of this syndrome:

When under heavy or demanding use, laptops often heat up as a result of the internal components working extra hard to perform your requested tasks. Any PC gamer who plays on a laptop can attest to the heat issue. Exposure to this heat can cause a condition scientifically known as "erythema ab igne," but more commonly referred to as "toasted leg syndrome." The affected area develops a blotchy pink or red rash. This condition develops over time, though how long depends on how frequently you use your laptop on your lap, and how often it gets excessively hot. The Stanford Daily suggests that this condition is mostly aesthetic and preventing further exposure will cause the condition to fade.

Perhaps the most serious risk associated with laptop use involves male fertility. The scrotum is very fragile and adapted to remain at relatively the same temperature in varying conditions. However, setting a laptop on your lap can cut off air flow to that vital area and trap your testicles near the heat your laptop generates. Urologist Yelim Sheynkin warned Reuters that scrotal temperature can reach unsafe levels with just 10 to 15 minutes of exposure. Widening the legs to provide better airflow and using a lap pad only delayed the rise in testicular temperature to about 30 minutes.

Since laptops are a relatively new technology, there simply isn't enough data yet to determine whether there are any long-term health risks. Dermatologist Anthony J. Mancini warned CBS News New York that " prolonged skin inflammation can potentially increase chances for squamous cell skin cancer, which is more aggressive than the most common skin cancer." On the other hand, David Ping, clinical associate professor of dermatology at Stanford, calls the development of squamous cell cancer "extremely unlikely" in these cases.

Every one wants to be free of all ailments, expecially as this that involves a global culture (the use of laptops). We must know how best to use our so call science and technological products in order to serve as a gain or proft to us and not a loss or regret.

Fortunately, preventing these problems from happening to you is a simple matter of altering laptop use. Instead of holding the laptop directly on your lap, try sitting at a table where the laptop has no contact with your legs. If you really don't want to give up lap use, consider purchasing a "laptop cooling pad or stand". A cooling pad or fan will help protect against toasted skin syndrome by blocking emissions, but Reuters warns it won't be enough to prevent an unhealthy rise in testicular temperature. The "defender-pad" is also an option, it's rather designed to help block all emissions for complete protection. 

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