iPad Causes Rash, Linked to Nickel Allergy

By: News 10
By: News 10

Do you have an unexplained rash that won't seem to go away? You may be having an allergic reaction to nickel in a personal electronic device like an iPad.

Got an itchy rash on your body that just won't go away?

Your iPad could be to blame.

It turns out the popular tablet may contain nickel - one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

The new report was released this morning in "Pediatrics."

The report is about an 11-year old boy who developed a body rash that turned out to be nickel caused by his iPad.

In this boy's case, he had scaly patches that just weren't responding to the usual treatment of rashes.

Skin tests showed he had a nickel allergy. Doctors were able to trace it to an iPad his family bought four years ago.

And it's not just iPads that can cause the rash.

Nickel allergies can come from other electronic devices including laptops, cellphones, jewelry, eyeglass frames and zippers.

Nickel rashes aren't life threatening, but the rashes can be quite uncomfortable. They may require treatment with steroids and antibiotics if the skin becomes infected.

In the case of the 11 year old boy, doctors say he got better after putting the tablet in a protective case.

It's not clear if all iPad models or other Apple devices contain nickel, but if you've been scratching for quite a while with no relief, it might be something to consider.

Nickel allergies are becoming more common.

National data shows about 25% of children who get skin tests for allergies have nickel allergies, versus about 17% a decade ago.

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