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Modern Electronic Devices: An Increasingly Common Cause of Skin Disorders in Consumers

Corazza, Monica MD; Minghetti, Sara MD; Bertoldi, Alberto Maria MD; Martina, Emanuela MD; Virgili, Annarosa MD; Borghi, Alessandro MD

doi: 10.1097/DER.0000000000000184

The modern conveniences and enjoyment brought about by electronic devices bring with them some health concerns. In particular, personal electronic devices are responsible for rising cases of several skin disorders, including pressure, friction, contact dermatitis, and other physical dermatitis. The universal use of such devices, either for work or recreational purposes, will probably increase the occurrence of polymorphous skin manifestations over time. It is important for clinicians to consider electronics as potential sources of dermatological ailments, for proper patient management. We performed a literature review on skin disorders associated with the personal use of modern technology, including personal computers and laptops, personal computer accessories, mobile phones, tablets, video games, and consoles.

From the *Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche, Sezione di Dermatologia e Malattie Infettive, Università di Ferrara; and †Dermatological Clinic, Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine, Polytechnic University of Marche, Torrette, Ancona, Italy.

Address reprint requests to Monica Corazza, MD, Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche, Sezione di Dermatologia e Malattie Infettive, Università di Ferrara, Via Savonarola 9, 44121 Ferrara, Italy. E-mail:

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to declare.

© 2016 American Contact Dermatitis Society
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