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Child's iPad rash highlights link between allergy and consumer electronics: study

Published on Jul 15, 2014 7:50 AM
 

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Nickel in a first-generation iPad likely triggered an allergic skin reaction in an 11-year-old boy, in a case that highlights an increasingly common condition linked to the rapid adoption of consumer electronics, according to a study published by the American Academy of Paediatrics on Monday.

Dr Sharon Jacob and Dr Shehla Admani, who are both dermatologists, studied severe skin rashes afflicting the unidentified 11-year-old boy for more than six months, before discovering that his daily use of an Apple iPad may have brought on the condition.

The boy's iPad, among the first versions of the device launched in 2010, tested positive for nickel, they said.

The boy's dermatitis improved significantly after he started using a tablet case and began avoiding known sources of nickel in general, the study's authors said.

 
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