How Your Smartwatch Affects Your Health

How Your Smartwatch Affects Your Health
Published on, 11 May, 2024. Answered by Dr. Yao-Ching Huang and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I've been experiencing some concerning symptoms related to wearing my smartwatch. I noticed tingling in my arm, numbness, heart palpitations, and even skin rashes. Initially, I thought it might be unrelated, but then I observed that these symptoms worsened when I wore the watch, especially during workouts. Curiously, after I took the watch off for a few days, these symptoms started to fade, and I began to feel better. I'm now wondering if these issues could be due to radiation from the smartwatch. If so, what are the potential long-term effects? I used to wear the watch even when sleeping, and I've noticed that since I stopped, my sleep has improved significantly.



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Based on your description, your symptoms may be related to wearing the smartwatch, especially since you noticed improvement after discontinuing its use.


There are concerns about the health effects of electromagnetic radiation from wearable devices like smartwatches. While evidence is not conclusive, some individuals may be sensitive to electromagnetic fields, leading to symptoms such as tingling, numbness, palpitations, and skin rashes.


To reduce potential risks, consider limiting wear time, maintaining distance, and monitoring symptoms. If you have persistent or severe symptoms, consult a healthcare provider. While research is ongoing, it's important to make informed decisions about device use based on your health status.




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