PlayStation gets a skin disorder

A new skin condition, believed to be caused by excessive use of games consoles, has been identified by skin specialists in Switzerland, according to the BBC.

The condition, dubbed 'PlayStation palmar hidradenitis', was discovered when a 12-year old girl went to hospital with red, sore lumps on her hands. Doctors at Geneva University Hospital concluded that she had 'idiopathic eccrine hidradenitis' - a condition that is usually found on the palms of hands and the soles of feet of children who take part in heavy exercise such as jogging, and is believed to be caused by intense sweating. However, for the condition to affect only the hands is very unusual.

'Idiopathic' conditions are conditions that have no known cause, but the parents recalled that their daughter had started playing her PlayStation games console for several hours a day, prior to the sores appearance. Indeed, after a 10 day abstinence from gaming, the girls hands made a full recovery.

Writing in the British Journal of Dermatology, the authors, led by Behrooz Kasraee, wrote "The final diagnosis in our patient was idiopathic palmar eccrine hidradenitis. However, we propose that the variant in this patient can be labelled more specifically as 'PlayStation palmar hidradenitis'."

In response to the case, a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe 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."

"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," he said.

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Needed the laugh. Yeah when my brother gets into a game. console or pc. He'll be drenched. I really gets into his games. Anyone ever tried inturrupting types of odd people.? And get away with it without getting hit? uh......

True... I had blisters on the palm of my had trying to rotate the analogue stick faster on that 1 vs. 3 canoe game...
It was worth it for the win!

I think it was caused by poor hygiene in conjunction with video game usage. Imagine sweating profusely after a session of [insert game title here] and not washing your hands or cleaning the controller. Now, imagine coming back to the same game and, therefore, same controller. You're exposing your sweat pores to bacteria and that could cause an infection.

Factors that contribute to the condition are excessive sweating, repeated use of the same (unclean) device, and poor hygiene. This could have very well been the cause of that girl's condition. The fact that she made a full recovery after abstaining from using the console supports my pseudo-hypothesis.

If you look on your hand at the part where the thumb connects, there's a bit of a lump of soft tissue. Perfectly normal. One of my friend's is abnormally large due to the amount of games he plays. And he doesn't have this skin condition.

There's a difference between the normal thenar eminence (the lump below your thumb) and the pathological lumps produced by hidradenitis.

Sigh... these idiots gave a new term called "PlayStation palmar hidradenitis" .... Anything for XBOX ?? This is nothing but Repetitive strain injury

Repetitive strain injury is an umbrella term incorporating a lot of conditions. Palmar hidradenitis refers specifically to her condition of excessive sweating, producing the red nodules.

I don't think the doctors who examined and diagnosed her are iditos.

rakeshishere said,
Sigh... these idiots gave a new term called "PlayStation palmar hidradenitis" .... Anything for XBOX ?? This is nothing but Repetitive strain injury

Watch out, sony fan boy in the way, don't insult his console without insulting xbox