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A new report published today claims that Apple's iPad may be the culprit behind certain types of skin rashes. It turns out that the iPad may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. The simple use of an "iPad Smart Case" solved the issue for one child with this allergy.




According to a Silicon Valley report, "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. For more on this see the full report.  You could also check out the Washington Post's report on this as well. 


The first big story on this issue came to light earlier this year when Fitbit recalled its Force wristband after some customers complained of skin irritations and rashes. The company also set up a page for customers wanting a refund, here.


To review the originating case report in PDF form titled "iPad - Increasing Nickel Expore in Children" by Sharon E. Jacob and Sheila Admani, MD, see this page. Note that you have to be a member of the Pediatrics site to read the report or pay for access to this individual report.      


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