See? That's what you get for playing so much PlayStation!

According to a recent article at Yahoo Games, it appears that having a PlayStation controller in your hands for an extended period of time can produce something called "PlayStation Palm." As reported by the BBC, skin specialists in the UK have mentioned a certain condition in the British Journal of Dermatology, and the cause is "excessive gaming." Called "PlayStation palmar hidradenitis," it was first identified after Swiss doctors examined a 12-year-old girl who suffered from "painful bumps on her hands." The doctors concluded that it was a result of sweating, but as it wasn't occurring on her feet, they connected it to her PlayStation playing. The girl went 10 days without gaming…and lo and behold, the bumps disappeared. This may remind you of what became a commonly spoken term – "Wiiitis" – which appeared back in 2007; it was similar to tennis elbow and afflicted those who swung that Wii-mote about a little too often. Sony's response to these new findings was quite diplomatic:

"As with any leisure pursuit there are possible consequences of not following common sense, health advice and guidelines, as can be found within our instruction manuals. We do not wish to belittle this research and will study the findings with interest. This is the first time we have ever heard of a complaint of this nature."

Well, we don't wish to belittle it either, but we're hoping that someone will soon point out the obvious fact that it wouldn't just be the PlayStation controller that causes this condition. We're figuring any controller will cause this to happen; the hands tend to sweat when playing, right? So perhaps it's not ridiculously far-fetched, and maybe even some of you have noticed it… But it certainly doesn't sound dangerous. If you have those bumps, maybe it's just a sign you should put the gamepad down and do something else for a little while, eh?

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coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

How long of a marathon did this chick go on to develop "playstation palm"

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

This reminds me of the disclaimer on most games suggesting the player take a 15min break for every hour spent in front of the TV. I've logged entire days worth of gameplay and never had a negative reaction. This article just reminds me that "shit happens" applies to everyday life.

faraga
faraga
11 years ago

yeah, i heard just today on the radio that now, apart from a mouse hand, people are also starting to to suffer from wii hands and, i translate a quote from the news report, "you should get a decent warming-up before you start playing your on wii"

edit: a friend of mine who had a gamecube (still has it, never uses it because of his wii) had a controller with some fan in it, didnt work well though, it was too hot when it was off, but your hands froze off when you did turn the fan on


Last edited by faraga on 2/25/2009 3:25:06 PM

Arvis
Arvis
11 years ago

It's Sony's fault for putting so many good games on their consoles. They're evil.

-Arvis

ZubraZap
ZubraZap
11 years ago

WASH YOUR HANDS!

Zaben
Zaben
11 years ago

Is she allergic to her own sweat or something? I'm not an excessive sweater so forgive my ignorance on the matter, but I thought sweating was good for the body as it removes toxins in the skin. And most people tend to wipe their sweaty hands on their pants real quick instead of letting it just sit there.

Pretty pathetic to put all the blame on Playstation's controller.

PS3_Wizard
PS3_Wizard
11 years ago

Thats just it…the toxins. I deduce that the little girl didn't bathe frequently enough inbetween play time in order to remove those toxins. So over time they probably accumulated on her skin and when holding the controller, the friction rubbed it deeper into her open poors. Thus causing an allergic reaction from the bile not being able to leave her hand.

Damn I sounded smart.

PS3_Wizard
PS3_Wizard
11 years ago

Edit: Pores

crapreviews
crapreviews
11 years ago

this was on the news last night lol

Luiscosmo2
Luiscosmo2
11 years ago

I've played my Ps3 and 2 a lot for days on end. I never got bumps in my hands!Maybe its just something she did beside playing too much playstation?

Skatejimmy5
Skatejimmy5
11 years ago

"The girl went 10 days without gaming…"

Oh my, that's not possible.

Arvis
Arvis
11 years ago

Actually, now that I think of it, the Playstation controller never actually touches my palms when I am playing….

Of course, I may be the abnormality in that, rather than the norm.

-Arvis

hart_attack
hart_attack
11 years ago

really? mine sit right in the center of mine

Arvis
Arvis
11 years ago

The DS3 lays comfortably in the crooks of my fingers and never touches my palms.

I'm 6'3" and have pretty long fingers.

-Arvis

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

lol i should ease up on Street Fighter IV thats being battering my hands the last few days.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

I bet she has a better cellphone than me.

CH1N00K
CH1N00K
11 years ago

well D-uh….

This is nothing new, People that use a mouse all day long have had this problem for years. If you do AutoCad work or something along those lines then this is going to happen. Before there was a controller to blame some people called this skin infection "Eczema" If you got it on your feet from wearing wet socks (usually if you played sports) it was called Athlete's foot….But since Playstation doesn't have enough bad publicity then lets call this "PlayStation palmar hidradenitis" why didn't they call it X-Box Rot? or Wii Rash…. Must be because of the Six-Axis Dualshock controller…that's the only logical answer….

This sounds like someone wanting to get their name out there by targeting video games…better watch out, they'll be an "expert" working for Fox News soon….

Arvis
Arvis
11 years ago

Athlete's Foot (and jock itch) are skin conditions caused by a fungus known as tinea pedis. I don't think that's the same thing this girl got from her sweaty palms.

Besides, there is already something known as Xbox Rot… Halo!!! =D

Sorry, couldn't resist….

-Arvis

Troy Powers
Troy Powers
11 years ago

Now if they could just figure out what's causing all this HAIR on my palms!

In other news: If I get that windows asking me what country I'm from one more time I'm going to CHOKE someone! (Ben, I'm looking at you. And NO, I don't care how far you can toss someone up a tree.)

CH1N00K
CH1N00K
11 years ago

Hairy Palms…LOL doesn't that lead to blindness as well?

Troy Powers
Troy Powers
11 years ago

Sorry. I'm having trouble reading your comment.

Jojoman
Jojoman
11 years ago

O.k. but what about hair on your… um… nevermind.

ZubraZap
ZubraZap
11 years ago

PSXE GET RID OF THE ****in' SURVEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Last edited by ZubraZap on 2/25/2009 3:46:52 PM

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Zubra is that a porn pic?

Arvis
Arvis
11 years ago

SERIOUSLY, Zubra. Answer the question so people will stop asking. =D

-Arvis

ZubraZap
ZubraZap
11 years ago

Do you see any sex? Its a womans face…

Its Sunny Lane, she does do porn.

I freaking censored it, don't give me crap like Mexi Fighter.


Last edited by ZubraZap on 2/25/2009 4:11:20 PM

PS3_Wizard
PS3_Wizard
11 years ago

HA! So am I right when I say its Cody Lane's sister?

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
11 years ago

Sounds to me that she could possibly be allergic the plastic of the controller. Never heard of sweating causing bumps on hands like that. And I agree, that survey has to go!!

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

Playstation has been released over AN DECADE!! surely on Planet Earth Year 1996 some Human got Playstation plam so why reported on BBC?

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

@ Zubra

I thought I recognized that face… ūüėČ

Victor321
Victor321
11 years ago

Wow….has anyone spent 20+ hours playing FF, then ratchet, jak, then GOW on their PS2 like me? I also had very few breaks…lol

And I have never had this situation. So far, I have found two flaws with this scenario.

1. This could happen to any controller (it happened to my brother on my PS2, but it was a short time, about 5-6 days before it wore off.)
2. Yet another unneccesary backstab to PS and Sony. Are they trying to attack sony with something that they should "fix"?

Phoelix
Phoelix
11 years ago

What Yahoo is leaving out is that correlation does NOT prove causation; just because she was playing a lot of Playstation and her hands got bumps doesn't mean that's what caused it. Yahoo games is just trying to make a story to increase their site traffic.

I'll believe a scientific study, but not a single isolated case. That's probably what Sony was trying to say.

The Stig
The Stig
11 years ago

@Phoelix, It was the BBC that originally posted the story not Yahoo.

I do think its fair to call it Playstation Plam………. whatever. If I got a rash from wearing Nikes their not gonna call it Nike foot…….whatever. It does just seem to be another dig at Sony. Sayin that, wasn't there a condition a while back called Nintendoitus or somethin that was basically RSI.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Um Mexicanfighter the way you responded to Zubra made it pretty clear you're the antagonist.

ZubraZap
ZubraZap
11 years ago

@MexiFighter

Calm yourself, that was barely a knock…Your a pretty cool dude(just work on lashing out LOL). Not changing it anytime soon bud, regarding my icon. Oh and if it gets changed its gonna be to Lauren Phoenix.

You actually made me laugh with thinking she was dead in one of your earlier comments!


Last edited by ZubraZap on 2/25/2009 4:51:22 PM

KevinCairo
KevinCairo
11 years ago

Can't exactly say I approve of that one; it would definitely be a downgrade from Sunny.

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
11 years ago

The playstation controller has been used by almost everyone at this point in time, so some retard "scientist" is going to base this "research" off of one child and not the other several million who have played ps1/2/3 regularly the past 15 years? Modern media at its finest…

Phoelix
Phoelix
11 years ago

You and I think alike.
I hate it when people are marketed products that aren't based on scientific research. (i.e. Nutrisystem–what a crock)

ZubraZap
ZubraZap
11 years ago

Look at this guy LOL!

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

MexicanFighter adds nothing to the conversation but insults, poor ones at that.

hart_attack
hart_attack
11 years ago

too true. relax man

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
11 years ago

Yeah I think anger management class will have a new student soon lol.

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
11 years ago

A dermatologist found this? That's like the lowest type of doctor you can be next to pediatrics. lol

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
11 years ago

I think I smell a ban…

MeXiCaNFiGhTeR
MeXiCaNFiGhTeR
11 years ago

@Reccaman
Will see

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

MexicanFighter: First and last warning. No flaming in the Comments section.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Anyone else find it sexy when Ben lays down the thunder?

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
11 years ago

….not particularly. lol actually he's a little like Zeus. which is a bit scary!


Last edited by Reccaman18 on 2/25/2009 5:33:58 PM

PS3_Wizard
PS3_Wizard
11 years ago

*Puke*

Fabi
Fabi
11 years ago

I guess I missed a few posts, what's eating up MexicanFighter?

No wonder he lashed out at me earlier.


Last edited by Fabi on 2/25/2009 5:26:26 PM