Is Your iPad Giving You a Rash?

Monday, 14 Jul 2014 07:50 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.
 
Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones. But it was an Apple iPad that caused an itchy body rash in an 11-year-old boy recently treated at a San Diego hospital, according to a report in Monday's Pediatrics.
 
Nickel rashes aren't life-threatening but they can be very uncomfortable, and they may require treatment with steroids and antibiotics if the skin eruptions become infected, said Dr. Sharon Jacob, a dermatologist at Rady Children's Hospital, where the boy was treated. Jacob, who co-wrote the report, said the young patient had to miss school because of the rash.

Editor's Note:
These 8 Popular Foods Are Drenched in Cancer-Causing Chemicals

The boy had a common skin condition that causes scaly patches, but he developed a different rash all over his body that didn't respond to usual treatment. Skin testing showed he had a nickel allergy, and doctors traced it to an iPad his family had bought in 2010.
 
Doctors tested the device and detected a chemical compound found in nickel in the iPad's outside coating.
 
"He used the iPad daily," she said.
 
He got better after putting it in a protective case, she said.
 
Whether all iPad models and other Apple devices contain nickel is uncertain; Apple spokesman Chris Gaither said the company had no comment.
 
Nickel rashes also have been traced to other common products including some jewelry, eyeglass frames and zippers.
 
Jacob said evidence suggests nickel allergies are become more common, or increasingly recognized. She cited national data showing that about 25 percent of children who get skin tests for allergies have nickel allergies, versus about 17 percent a decade ago.
 
She said doctors need to consider electronic devices as potential sources when patients seek treatment for skin rashes.
 
Urgent: Don't Underestimate Your Risk for Heart Disease. Free Online Test Now

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Sedentary Lifestyle Linked to Depression

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 08:08 AM

A new analysis of previous studies ties too much sitting at the computer or lying around watching TV to a greater risk o . . .

Study: Angelina Jolie Surgery Sparks Surge in Cancer Tests

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 08:02 AM

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie's decision to make public her double mastectomy more than doubled the number of women in B . . .

Which Flu Shot Is Right for You?

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 07:55 AM

It's time for flu vaccine again and while it's important for the whole family, this year health officials have some diff . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved