Nickel Allergy In Children: Are Apple iPads To Blame?

Is your child suffering from unexplained bouts of allergic rashes and itches? Have you been to the doctor and could not find any probable reason that is causing the condition? It could be likely that they might be suffering from nickel allergy. Also, you might want to check if they use an Apple iPad — which, according to a new study, could be one of the causes triggering these reactions.

That’s right. A recent report by The Associated Press cites a case by Pediatrics.org (subscription required) which discusses the probability of the Apple iPad being a potential source of nickel allergy. Exposure to nickel in turn could be causing that hitherto “unexplained” allergies that many people — especially children might have suffered from.

According to iPhone Hacks, the report specifically cited the example of an 11-year-old boy who was treated at a San Diego hospital for an itchy body rash that was later found to have been caused by an Apple iPad. The boy suffered from a skin condition that caused scaly patches to appear on his body. While this was considered a “normal” allergic condition, doctors were unable to figure out what had caused a different kind of rash on his body. To make things worse, these rashes did not respond to usual treatment. To assess the condition, the boy underwent a skin test which revealed that he suffered from nickel allergy. In the course of finding the source of the allergy, doctors homed in on the iPad which the boy was using regularly. The family had bought the device in 2010.

The kid was “cured” of the condition after he started using the iPad using a protective case. The study doesn’t confirm if this issue is only with that specific version of iPad. Apple has not commented on the same, and as of now it is unclear if other Apple products too could be a source for nickel allergy.

Meanwhile, according to Dr. Sharon Jacob, who co-authored the report, nickel allergy is increasingly becoming common among children nowadays. In the U.S., over 25 percent of children who are administered skin tests have tested positive for nickel allergies. A decade ago, this number stood at just 17 percent. Dr. Jacob also happens to be a dermatologist at Rady Children’s Hospital, the same hospital where the boy with the nickel allergy was treated. Note that nickel allergy is not a life-threatening condition.

All said, nickel allergies can also be caused by other common products that may include jewelry, zippers, and even eye glass frames. Electronic devices seem to be simply a new addition to the list of potential sources of nickel allergy.

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