iPad May Be Allergy Source
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If your skin is itchy and accompanied by an unexplained rash, technology could be to blame. An 11-year-old boy was recently treated at a hospital in San Diego for a body rash that did not respond to usual therapy; allergy tests showed that he was allergic to nickel. The doctors traced the nickel exposure to the family’s iPad that was purchased in 2010 after nickel was found in the iPad’s outer coating. A protective outer case for the iPad helped improve the boy’s skin condition. Physicians should consider technology as a source of allergic reactions for other patients with similar symptoms.
It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. 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. The boy had a common skin condition that causes scaly patches, but he developed a different rash all over his body that didn't respond to usual treatment.
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