Doctors link use of iPad to outbreak of rashes
Published 15/07/2014 | 02:30
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 mobile phones. 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 'Pediatrics'.
Nickel rashes aren't life-threatening but can be very uncomfortable and may require treatment with antibiotics if the skin eruptions become infected, said Dr Sharon Jacob, a dermatologist at Rady Children's Hospital, where the boy was treated. Dr Jacob, who co-wrote the report, said the boy had to miss school because of the rash.
The boy discussed in the 'Pediatrics' report 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 found in nickel in the iPad's outside coating. "He used the iPad daily," Dr Jacob said. He got better after putting it in a protective case, she added.
Whether all iPad models and other Apple devices contain nickel is uncertain. Apple spokesman Chris Gaither said the company had no comment.