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02 May 2016

75-Year-Old Becomes Electrosensitive

The pensioner has resorted to finding his own cures in
order to watch TV- including donning a welder's mask
or a face mask lined with foil.
Grandfather claims he suffers bizarre allergy to ELECTRICITY which gives him 'sunburn' every time he watches TV 
25 April 2016

- Dan Reddington, 75, says he developed electrosensitivity 6 months ago
- Claims a computer or the central heating also brings him out in a red rash
- Condition is not officially recognised, so he resorts to home remedies
- These include wearing a welder's mask or a face mask lined with foil

A pensioner claims he is suffering from a bizarre allergy to electricity which burns his face when he watches television - forcing him drape a T-shirt over his head.

Dan Reddington, 75, maintains he developed electrosensitivity six months ago.

In addition to the TV, he says using a computer or even turning the central heating on brings him out in a red rash.

He also claims he must avoid electrical shops to keep his symptoms at bay, which flare up any time he gets too close to electrical items.

Doctors have apparently been left baffled by the rare condition - which is not officially recognised.

As a result, Mr Reddington has resorted to finding his own cures in order to watch TV - including wearing a T-shirt with eye holes cut out, donning a welder's mask or a face mask lined with foil.

The grandfather-of-four, from Broadway, Worcestershire, said: 'It's only developed in the last six months.

'Apparently all this electrosensitivity just builds up in the body - and all of a sudden it's come to a head.

'My face just starts burning up really badly, within 10 minutes of watching TV or being at a computer.

'It goes bright red like a sunburn - it makes my whole body feel hot.

'It's not painful as such, but it's really annoying and leaves me sweating - my face has a permanently pink tinge now.'

Despite trying numerous creams, nothing has worked.

Mr Reddington said: 'I love watching sports and spend a lot of time on the computer, so I've resorted to wearing a T-shirt with eye holes cut out to try and prevent it.

'It does help a bit, but ultimately nothing stops it - it's ruining my life.'

He believes the bizarre reaction is down to over-exposure to technology - and the problem will only get worse for future generations.

Kids these days are always on their phones, or sat in front of computers.

'For a lot of my career I spent six to eight hours a day on the computer, as part of my business was mail orders.

'All that has built up over the years and is coming out now as this rash.

'But electrosensitivity is not recognised as an illness in the UK.'

Without any hope of a cure, he is now trying to keep his symptoms under control by limiting his exposure to electricity.

He said: 'I have good days and bad days.

'I just have to take precautions, like wearing a mask, sitting further back from the TV or taking a break to splash some cold water on my face.

'I also get my wife, Beryl, to help me out on the computer - although it can cause some disagreements between us. It's a bit of a pain for her.

'I've had to change my lifestyle completely to try and cope with it.

'But there's no cure, so I'm just stuck with it now really and need to make the best of it.'


There are multiple internet forums filled with people claiming they suffer skin problems as a result of exposure to screens.

Sufferers say their skin turns red, blotchy and itchy if they stare at TV, computer monitor or their smartphone for too long.

Other report their face beings to burn after just a few minutes.

Some claim it also makes their acne worse – with one user reporting his pores become visibly bigger and more oily after playing on his games console.

In discussion groups, users theorise that UV radiation let out by older TV and computer screens irritates their skin.

However, newer LCD screens are not thought to admit UV light.

Many other people believe they suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity intolerance syndrome (EHS).

Up to 5 per cent of the population — more than 3 million people in the UK — believe they are affected by some degree of electro-sensitivity, an allergy to the radiowaves and microwaves emitted by devices.

These range from mobile phones to television screens and even light bulbs. The waves are a form of non-ionising radiation, designed to be too low in frequency to affect people.

However, EHS sufferers believe this low-level radiation is capable of causing harm, and report symptoms ranging from headaches, lethargy and nausea to breathing difficulties and even paralysis. They also fear the radiation may cause cancer, autoimmune diseases and neurological disorders in the long-term.

The highly controversial idea that electromagnetic fields can affect our health was first raised in the Sixties, when American doctor Robert O. Becker campaigned against electricity pylons, which he believed were causing illness to those who lived nearby.


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