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Doctors Identify "PlayStation Palm"

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Posted February 24, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

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Swiss doctors have identified a new and frightening disorder that targets the most helpless among us: Gamers. PlayStation palmar hidradenitism is the name for lesions on the palms caused by gripping a controller too tightly, mashing buttons, and sweating too much.

Dermatologists in Geneva first noticed the disorder in a 12 year old girl who had palmar hidradenitism on her hands. The disorder is usually seen on the feet of people who play a lot of sports, but this girl was a sedentary gamer. The culprit, her doctor discovered, was her game system.

Luckily, there is a cure for PlayStation Palm. Nina Goad of the British Association of Dermatologists said: "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."  Never would have thought of that one!

Other than the occasional thumb blister, I've never had any specific injuries related to gaming other than a bruised ego from getting my butt handed to me at online Madden again and again. What about you though? Have you ever suffered from any injuries because you game? Tell us about them!

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