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Electronics May Cause Skin Reaction in Those Allergic to Nickel

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Do you have an unexplained rash that doesn’t go away? Check your electronics. It turns out the iPad, a popular tablet computer, may contain nickel, one of the most common metals to cause allergic reactions.

CNET senior editor Dan Ackerman says some electronic devices can have nickel in them and may cause a rash.

“Every once in a while, you find somebody who says they had some sort of skin reaction or allergic reaction to a piece of technology,” he says. “They’re aluminum, they’re stainless steal. These are alloys that may have some nickel in them that a very small percentage of people are allergic to.”

Doctors say for mild nickel symptoms, a hydrocortisone cream and antihistamine pills available at drug stores may help. For more severe symptoms, a doctor may prescribe a steroid cream and steroid or antihistimine pills.

“The FitBit, one of those health exercise tracking bands, part of the stainless steal clasp component did have some nickel in it, and a very small percentage of people did report an adverse reaction, so they decided to replace that part of it,” Ackerman says. “But that’s something that you wear on your wrist almost full time, all day long, so you do have very prolonged exposure to it.”

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