Game consoles 'cause skin sores'

A new skin disorder caused by use of games consoles has been identified by skin specialists.

The condition, dubbed PlayStation palmar hidradenitis, is described in the British Journal of Dermatology.

Researchers outline the case of a 12-year-old girl who attended a Swiss hospital with intensely painful sores on the palms of her hands.

The girl, who had been using a games console regularly, recovered fully after 10 days of abstinence.
Doctors who examined her at the Geneva University Hospital concluded she had a condition known as 'idiopathic eccrine hidradenitis', a skin disorder that generally causes red, sore lumps on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

The condition has been previously found on the soles of the feet in children taking part in heavy physical activity, such as jogging.

It is thought to be linked to intense sweating.

Unusual symptoms

For the disorder to only affect the hands is very unusual.

The patient had not participated in any sport or physical exercise recently, and could not recall any recent trauma involving her hands.

However, her parents did say that she had recently started to play a video game on a PlayStation console for several hours a day, and had continued to play even after developing the sores.

The doctors suspect that the problem was caused by tight and continuous grasping of the console's hand-grips, and repeated pushing of the buttons, alongside sweating caused by the tension of the game.

The researchers said cases of addiction to using games consoles had been recorded, but the symptoms had initially been thought to be psychological.

However, some physical symptoms, such as acute tendonitis, dubbed Wiitis, had begun to emerge.

They said 'PlayStation palmar hidradenitis' could now be added to the list.

Nina Goad, of the British Association of Dermatologists said: "This is an interesting discovery and one that the researchers are keen to share with other dermatologists, should they be confronted with similar, unexplained symptoms in a patient.

"If you're worried about soreness on your hands when playing a games console, it might be sensible to give your hands a break from time to time, and don't play excessively if your hands are prone to sweating."

A spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd, manufacturers of PlayStation, said: "We firmly believe that video gaming is a legitimate entertainment pastime like watching movies, listening to music, or reading books.

"As with any leisure pursuit there are possible consequences of not following common sense, health advice and guidelines, as can be found within our instruction manuals.

"PlayStation was launched in 1995 and has sold hundreds of millions of consoles over the last 13 years.

"We do not wish to belittle this research and will study the findings with interest. This is the first time we have ever heard of a complaint of this nature."

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16 Comments

The bandwagon has stopped at hukd

all aboard!!!

Banned

lucky the poor girl had a playstation
if she had a s***ty xbox prob would of had serve arm ache aswell with the size of them stupid controllers

seriously though what a load of rubbish only problem ive ever got is a bit of a cold trigger finger lol
everyone must of experienced the cold finger problem at some time! lol

don't believe a word of it.

been playing consoles/ games for nigh on 20 years and the only thing that i've ever hurt was my brother when I battered him for beating me at fifa 96 on the megadrive.

poopycock.

GAMES CONSOLES ARE EVIL

innit

now where's my copy of the Daily Mail?

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grex9101;4511241

GAMES CONSOLES ARE EVILinnitnow where's my copy of the Daily Mail?


lol!!!

The girl needs to get used to it................she's years of handling a iron and kitchen utensils ahead of her. :w00t:

rm13_hammer;4511236

lucky the poor girl had a playstation if she had a s***ty xbox prob would … lucky the poor girl had a playstation if she had a s***ty xbox prob would of had serve arm ache aswell with the size of them stupid controllersseriously though what a load of rubbish only problem ive ever got is a bit of a cold trigger finger lol everyone must of experienced the cold finger problem at some time! lol



More likely to develop rsi using those s***ty ps controllers. lucky she is young and has smaller hands.

Syzable;4511274

The girl needs to get used to it................she's years of handling a … The girl needs to get used to it................she's years of handling a iron and kitchen utensils ahead of her. :w00t:



not to mention washing clothes :thumbsup:

Banned

Syzable;4511274

The girl needs to get used to it................she's years of handling a … The girl needs to get used to it................she's years of handling a iron and kitchen utensils ahead of her. :w00t:



hahaha ban ban ban

I play my xbox like.... whenever im not at college. Im addicted. Got a little bit of a RSI after like 24 hours stright doing assassins creed. But never this load of 21st century made up diseases.

She needs to put down the sony s*** and go buy some microsoft gold

The only harm that has come to me while playing is mosquito attacks during summer. They need to do more research Some people get sweatier in other bodily places

Another reason not to buy a PlayStation methinks - the only console to have three incarnations and to still have the same (non)ergonomic design...

Xb0xGuru;4512011

Another reason not to buy a PlayStation methinks - the only console to … Another reason not to buy a PlayStation methinks - the only console to have three incarnations and to still have the same (non)ergonomic design...


yeah, i have given mine away because i couldn't sell it. I found the original xbox controller to be the best. It seemed to fit in my hands just right. I've got an xbox360 now

LOL All I have is uhm... hard skin between my fingers.

kaits;4513923

yeah, i have given mine away because i couldn't sell it. I found the … yeah, i have given mine away because i couldn't sell it. I found the original xbox controller to be the best. It seemed to fit in my hands just right. I've got an xbox360 now



:thumbsup:

Microsoft did a fantastic job with the 360 controller, with the exception of the [email protected] d-pad it's nigh on perfect. I had a PS3 in for a repair (was replacing the laser) and thought I'd give it a go to test the new one I fitted. I managed 2 or 3 short games of FIFA09 and my hands were killing me. My thumbs kept slipping off the analog sticks (stupid convex design).

Waiting for a lawsuit now someone's confirmed the PlayStation controller causes problems....:whistling:
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