iPad, other devices, could cause nickel rashes

Pediatrics journal report warns of allergy-inducing nickel in personal electronic devices

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iPad, other devices, could cause nickel rashes Apple has neither confirmed nor denied that the iPad contains nickel (Getty Images)
By  Tom Paye Published  July 15, 2014

Nickel, a common, allergy-inducing metal, could be causing people to develop uncomfortable rashes as a result of iPad use, according to a report in the Pediatrics medical journal.

While Apple has neither confirmed nor denied that the iPad contains nickel, the peer-reviewed journal noted the case of an 11-year-old boy in California who was recently treated for an itchy body rash. Doctors at the hospital that treated the child traced the allergic reaction to his iPad.

The boy had a common skin condition that causes itchy rashes, however he was admitted to hospital following the development of an unusual rash that could not be treated with normal methods.

A skin test revealed the rash to be the result of a nickel allergy, and further tests showed that there was a chemical compound found in nickel on the outside coating of the iPad, reports said.

A doctor at the hospital was quoted as saying that the boy used his iPad daily, which could have caused the rash.

It is not only iPads that could cause rashes in those allergic to nickel, however. According to the Pediatrics report, allergic reactions to nickel could come from a variety of personal devices such as laptops or mobile phones.

Other common products such as jewellery, glass frames and zippers are also known to cause nickel rashes.

According to the hospital that treated the boy, nickel allergies are becoming more common, which could be down to increased use of electronic devices.

Nevertheless, the boy was able to continue using his iPad after putting it in a protective case, reports said.

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