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Esperienze Dermatologiche 2008 June;10(2):101-4

language: English, Italian

The inconveniences of modern technology: the effect of video display terminals on the skin

Cannavò S. P. 1, Spatari G. 2

1 Sezione di Dermatologia, Dipartimento di Medicina Sociale del Territorio, Università di Messina
2 Sezione di Medicina del Lavoro, Dipartimento di Medicina Sociale del Territorio, Università di Messina


With the growing use of personal computers and mobile cell phones, users are increasingly exposed to the electromagnetic fields these devices generate. Device-related skin problems, referred to as screen dermatitis, include subjective symptoms (itching, burning, tense skin, pain) and objective signs suggesting rosacea, acne, and seborrheic dermatitis. Their intensity diminishes significantly with less time spent in front of the computer. Environmental exposure can also lead to allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis induced by the materials contained in computer peripherals such as the keyboard, mouse and mouse pad. Given the ubiquity of video display terminals, the dermatitis they cause has an enormous impact on workplace conditions and occupational disability, with implications for prevention and compensation.

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