I have never been a fan of my heated seats, but everyone else in my family absolutely loves them. Maybe my buns are a little to sensitive for the coiled heat and it looks like my hatred for heated seats may be saving me from an odd skin condition.
Butt warmers in cars may ease the frigid winter commutes, but dermatologists warn that extended exposures to seat heaters can lead to a skin condition called “toasted skin syndrome.”
Two reports in the Archives of Dermatology describe cases of the rash apparently caused by pressing the back of the legs to warmed-up seats for prolonged periods.
“Sometimes people don’t initially make the connection between the rash and the exposure, but based on the pattern you can figure out that it’s probably from heat,” said Dr. Jennifer Stein, a professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center, who was not involved in the studies.
Toasted skin syndrome, known as erythema ab igne or EAI by doctors, is caused by exposure to heat, although it is not a burn.
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