Most of us are constantly hooked up on our phones and while we do that there is a continuous movement of our fingers as we type or scroll. What we don’t know is that prolonged use of our fingers can cause pain and weaken them, often leading to a condition called WhatsAppitis.
Yes, you read that right! WhatsAppitis is really a condition and this term was first used in a medical journal called The Lancet. The word came after a 34-year-old was diagnosed with it after his wrist pain increased because of overuse of the messaging app.
Who is affected by WhatsAppitis?
According to a report in The Indian Express, adults who complain of pain in fingers and thumb can be affected by it. It is seen more in females where there is excessive use of smartphones.
Two out of 10 patients have such symptoms that are caused by excess use of smartphones.
Smartphone users are estimated to spend more than three hours every day on their phones. This is the reason that such symptoms are being observed in people.
What are the symptoms of WhatsAppitis?
Its symptoms include “cervical spondylitis (which is numbness and weakness in the fingers), trigger finger (that causes pain, stiffness) and finger pain. Wrist pain is also one of the symptoms but it is only in extreme cases.
Some other symptoms can be redness and pain in the eyes. Excessive use of phones can also lead to insomnia, sleep disturbance and fatigue.
How to treat WhatsAppitis?
If you notice the above mentioned symptoms then you should consult a doctor immediately and also try not to use your phone too much. If the doctor feels that you have active symptoms then he’ll prescribe the required medicines and will also make you correct your posture in order to minimise the risk of inflammation and pain while using phone.