iPad May Cause Skin Rashes in Children Allergic to Nickel

iPad May Cause Skin Rashes in Children Allergic to Nickel

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The popularity of the iPad is increasing nickel exposure in children and may be the cause of skin rashes for those allergic to the element, according to a study released by Pediatrics.

Sharon E. Jacob, MD and Shehla Admani, MD examined the case of an 11-year-old with an itchy rash who was likely allergic to his own iPad.

The boy, treated at a San Diego hospital, had a history of skin issues, but a different rash developed all over his body and wouldn’t respond to typical treatment. His skin tested positive for nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals, and doctors traced it back to an iPad he had used with increasing frequency the past six months. The iPad tested positive for nickel as well, according to the report.

The boy was advised to use a Smart Case "which provides overall coverage of the iPad, as opposed to the Smart Cover, which only provides coverage of the screen." After doing that, his rash improved significantly.

Nickel rashes are not life-threatening but can be very uncomfortable and may require treatment with steroids and antibiotics.

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iPad May Cause Skin Rashes in Children Allergic to Nickel

Ipadguy - July 18, 2014 at 7:10pm
Give him an android or something a plastic anything n move on this is not very interesting
Crack scrawnson - July 18, 2014 at 8:30pm
Wouldn't be too suprised, maybe some are allergic to plastic. Imagine trying to get newspaper out or packaging without bubble wrap.
Dr love - July 14, 2014 at 8:24pm
Did he use his iPad on his back? I understand reaction but it's typically from contact initially. It may simply be a metal chair the persons sitting on rather than the iPad.
SimonSays - July 14, 2014 at 5:19pm
I didn't realize the iPad had any nickel plating on it. Thought it was just anodized aluminum.
notstarman - July 14, 2014 at 6:05pm
I thought the same thing. However I wouldn't be surprised if nickel used to increase the machine ability of the aluminum. At the same time nickel is present as an aditive in almost everything. How did they isolate it to the Ipad.
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