Game Consoles Can Cause Skin Sores

If you play games for long hours frequently, you may want to re-think and re-plan your gaming sessions or you risk getting skin sores. According to the recent dermatologist discovery.

Follow up:

The condition is known as idiopathic eccrine hidradenitis, and one of the symptom is ‘acute tendonitis’ dubbed as Wiitis and now added PlayStation palmar hidradenitis.

This was found when a 12-year old girl experienced intensely painful sores on the palms of her hands. After 10 days of video gaming abstinence, she fully recovered.

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

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

Hey, fellow gamers (and parents), please be responsible. If you want to continue playing games, be sure that you take care of your health (as well as study hard so you can get a job to pay for your gaming lifestyle).

For example, the case above “is thought to be linked to intense sweating”. Personally, if your hands are sweating already, take a break. In fact, it is a common healthy practice for hands that sweat, whether you are playing video games, typing, ironing, writing, playing sports, to mention a few.

Now if your hands normally do not sweat and it starts to sweat, for example, when holding the mouse, then the more reason that you should take a break. It happens to me sometimes and I either take a break or stop using the computer and just continue the next day.

If you prioritize your gaming more than your health, you are irresponsible. Maybe it is fine to prioritize your work or school over your health and family, but prioritizing gaming?

This report is probably just the beginning, and it does sound weird because surely at least a hundred gamers can attest not having a similar case even though their hands sweat intensely and play games for long hours (some probably even non-stop). What happened to this girl requires a deeper and thorough study, but it isn’t reason enough not to be extra careful.

Also, it currently appears to be limited to console gamers, but personally I think even those who play video games using other platforms are at risk as well.

Anyway, good thing the girl fully recovered, and I hope she learned her lesson as well as her parents. As the Doctors said:

“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.” (note: my emphasis)

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