Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

Posted: Updated:
Electronic devices, such as iPads, may causes rashes. AP photo Electronic devices, such as iPads, may causes rashes. AP photo
By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) - Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones. But it was an Apple iPad that caused an itchy body rash in an 11-year-old boy recently treated at a San Diego hospital, according to a report in Monday's Pediatrics.

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. Sharon Jacob, a dermatologist at Rady Children's Hospital, where the boy was treated. Jacob, who co-wrote the report, said the young patient had to miss school because of the rash.

The boy discussed in the Pediatrics report 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. Skin testing showed he had a nickel allergy, and doctors traced it to an iPad his family had bought in 2010.

Doctors tested the device and detected a chemical found in nickel in the iPad's outside coating.

"He used the iPad daily," Jacob said.

He got better after putting it in a protective case, she said

Whether all iPad models and other Apple devices contain nickel is uncertain; Apple spokesman Chris Gaither said the company had no comment.

People with existing nickel allergies are at risk for rashes from nickel-containing devices. According to an advisory about cellphones on the website of the Nickel Institute, a global association based in Toronto representing nickel producers, the risk arises from contact with nickel-plated outer surfaces "over prolonged periods of time."

"The length of time required to elicit an allergic reaction will vary from 5 or 10 minutes to never, depending on the sensitivity of the individual," the advisory says.

Nickel rashes also have been traced to other common products including some jewelry, eyeglass frames and zippers.

Jacob said evidence suggests nickel allergies are become more common, or increasingly recognized. She cited national data showing that about 25 percent of children who get skin tests for allergies have nickel allergies, versus about 17 percent a decade ago.

She said doctors need to consider electronic devices as potential sources when patients seek treatment for skin rashes.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Tennessee trails Georgia, Alabama in ACT scores

    Tennessee trails Georgia, Alabama in ACT scores

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:31:36 GMT
    Despite a year-to-year gain in ACT scores, Tennessee students are scoring below the national average, and also trail students in neighboring states Alabama and Georgia.The 2014 test results show Tennessee improved from a 2013 score of 19.5 to a 19.8 this year. The state ranks 43rd in the nation. Tennessee is one of twelve states that tests all students. Georgia, which tests 53 percent of its students, has a composite ACT score of 20.8. Alabama, which tests 80 percent of its students, has a 20...More
    Despite a year-to-year gain in ACT scores, Tennessee students are scoring below the national average, and also trail students in neighboring states Alabama and Georgia.The 2014 test results show Tennessee improved from a 2013 score of 19.5 to a 19.8 this year. The state ranks 43rd in the nation. Tennessee is one of twelve states that tests all students. Georgia, which tests 53 percent of its students, has a composite ACT score of 20.8. Alabama, which tests 80 percent of its students, has a 20...More
  • Ex-state museum worker accused of stealing $61K

    Ex-state museum worker accused of stealing $61K

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:24:06 GMT
    A former worker at the Tennessee State Museum stole more than $61,000 in taxpayer money, according to an audit released by the Tennessee Comptroller's office.More
    A former worker at the Tennessee State Museum stole more than $61,000 in taxpayer money, according to an audit released by the Tennessee Comptroller's office.More
  • UPDATE: Missing veteran found at Starbucks

    Family desperate to find missing Chattanooga veteran

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:42 PM EDT2014-08-20 19:42:28 GMT

    The 40-year-old was missing for several days, causing his family worry.

    More

    The 40-year-old was missing for several days, causing his family worry.

    More
Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.