Patients with visual display unit-related facial symptoms are stingers

Berg, Mats; Lonne-Rahm, Sol-Britt; Fischer, Torkel
April 1998
Acta Dermato-Venereologica;4/20/98, Vol. 78 Issue 1, p44
Academic Journal
Thirty patients without obvious skin disease but with subjective skin symptoms related to work with visual display units (VDUs) and 32 healthy persons were single-blind-tested with a solution of 5% lactic acid and pure water on their cheeks. Thirteen of the patients and 6 control persons reacted positively as “stingers” (p < 0.05) in this objective test of sensitive skin. The reason why some patients react with subjective symptoms like itching, burning, stinging, prickling or tingling is unclear. The result of this study, that patients with VDU-related skin symptoms have sensitive skin, does not tell anything about the aetiology of the symptoms. Former studies speak against the role of electric and magnetic fields and indicate that “techno-stress”, cognitive factors or flickering from the VDUs or fluorescent tubes could be of importance, as could the Swedish mass media debate.


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