Allergic to your iPad? You're not alone

Nickel is everywhere - jewelry, coins, zipper, eyeglass frames and, apparently, portable electronic devices. It's not that big of an issue - unless you're allergic.

An 11-year-old with an itchy rash may have been allergic to his own iPad - or the nickel it may have contained - according to a report released Monday in Pediatrics.

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.

According to the article in Pediatrics, the boy was advised to use the Smart Case, "which provides overall coverage of the iPad, as opposed to the Smart Cover, which only provides coverage of the screen." When he did that, the rash significantly improved.

Read more at the Washington Post


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