USA TODAY: Got a rash? Nickel in tech devices may be cause

Got a rash? Nickel in tech devices may be cause

Some personal electronic devices including Apple’s iPad are being linked to skin rashes likely caused by an allergic reaction to nickel. A report in Pediatrics details an increase in allergic contact dermatitis, a type of skin irritation, among kids. One of the most common sources is contact with nickel, which is sometimes found in laptops and cell phones. The Pediatrics report details the case of an 11-year-old treated for allergic contact dermatitis. After doctors learned the boy had been using a first-generation iPad, they found it tested positive for nickel and advised him to use a case to limit exposure. The boy’s rash “significantly improved,” read the Pediatrics report.

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