Monday 11 December 2017

Doctors link use of iPad to outbreak of rashes

Associated Press

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.

Irish Independent

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