Eyespy: April 2010
Bringing you the latest quirky medical stories from around the world
Touching the toilet—Ever heard of toilet seat contact dermatitis? Probably not, because this was thought to be a condition of the past. People would get skin irritation of the buttocks and posterior thighs because of contact with the old lacquered wooden surfaces of toilet seats. However, the problem is making a comeback, say US researchers. This could be because of a rising trend in fashionable wooden toilet seats or because of materials for cleaning toilet seats. Few practitioners consider the diagnosis, which often leads to exacerbation of the condition. This study presents five cases of children with toilet seat contact dermatitis from India and the United States, which describes the clinical course of the disease (Pediatrics 2010;125:e419-22).
Chemical world—Your sofa, your carpet, and even your pots and pans might be contributing to your bad health. According to US scientists, the chemicals perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA or C8),