Can a Mouse Pad Make You Sick?
Some months back, I began developing a pesky skin condition. It was relieved by my doctor, briefly, by use of prednisone. But it returned with a vengeance. It covered my arms and began to invade my back, even my legs. I itched to pieces, sometimes scratching to the point of bleeding. Whatever I tried did not last any time. Then one day, I had a thought.
My son had bought an oversize black mouse pad about that time, that was 2/3 the width of my desk. It worked well!
But I now wondered: could that be the source of the rash? So I searched for "large mouse pad rash". What I came up with was a mouse pad review of what looks like the mouse pad my son bought me. I read that, while it worked very well as a mouse pad, the user should wash it first . Some were complaining it broke their skin into a rash.
The review said he had, in fact, broken out some himself. So he took the pad, incorporated it among some dark clothes, and machine-washed the pad. After that, he had no problem.
Does this strike you as proper? At least it should not be sold until after the manufacturer cleanses it. Almost surely, this product came from overseas. Now there would be no problem in that, but many countries provide goods not produced with the rigorous health standards enforced in the U.S. So my recommendation is: learn a lesson from what I experienced. Be careful what you buy, and consider a pre-clean (if possible) before use.
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