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A 36-year-old female asked:

I think erythema ab igne appeared on breast after using heating pad on chest but went away. does this mean i can't use heat on my chest any more?

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Not for long.: Using heating pads too long and too often can cause chronic skin changes, including darkening of skin in a reticulated (mottled) pattern for anyone. Use heating pads for 30 minutes at a time max, and wait at least an hour before using it again.
Last updated Dec 27, 2020

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