The condition being called PlayStation palmar hidradenitis was recently written about in the British Journal of Dermatology.
The researchers outlined the case of one 12-year-old Swiss child who went to hospital after developing sores on her palms. The girl played on a game console often. When she abstined for ten days the sores healed.
The true name of the condition is ‘idiopathic eccrine hidradenitis’. It has previously been linked to children who take part in heavy physical activities like jogging. Most often the sores are found on the soles of the feet.
The fact that the girl’s hands were involved was very unusual. Her parents confirmed that she played for several hours a day on the family’s PlayStation. After getting the sores she continued to use the gaming device.
This condition can be added to a growing list of problems that can come from excessive gaming. There have been enough acute tendonitis cases for the term Wiitis to come out.
The BBC reports:
“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.”