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iPad Implicated in Pediatric Rashes Diagnosed as Nickel Allergies [Updated]

Apple's iPad may be the cause of unexplained allergic rashes in children, reports The Washington Post, which cites a case study of an 11-year-old boy that was published in Pediatrics medical journal.

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The Pediatrics article focuses on an 11-year-old boy who may be allergic to the nickel used in the casing of the tablet device. Following the increasing use of an iPad, the patient developed a rash that would not respond to conventional treatment.
His skin tested positive for nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals, and doctors traced it back to an iPad he had used with increasing frequency the past six months. The iPad tested positive for nickel as well, according to the report.
Doctors advised the boy to use a Smart Case that covers the entire outer surface of the tablet. Similar to other reports of electronic device-induced rashes, the boy's skin condition improved significantly when he started using a case that prevented direct contact with the device.

As noted by the Associated Press, nickel allergies in children appear to be on the rise, with 25 percent of those receiving skin tests testing positive for nickel allergies, up from 17 percent a decade ago.

This iPad isn't the only device implicated in skin rashes. Earlier this year, Fitbit voluntarily recalled its Force fitness tracker after a growing number of users developed contact dermatitis from wearing the band. The rash was originally attributed to nickel in the charging port of the band, but that metal may not be involved as many users covered the nickel-containing port with tape and continued to experience a rash.

Update 3:00 PM PT: Apple has provided a statement to The Wall Street Journal noting that its products meet strict standards set for jewelry by the U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission.
"Apple's products are made from the highest quality materials and meet the same strict standards set for jewelry by both the U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission and their counterparts in Europe," Apple said.


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15 weeks ago
NEWS! - Boy with allergy reacts to something that contains the thing he's allergic to.

SHOCKER!
Rating: 83 Votes
15 weeks ago
Samsung's next advert praising the allergy free high quality plastics used in their devices. Portrays Apple users as having terrible skin conditions.
Rating: 49 Votes
15 weeks ago

This is stupid as stated. And who lets an 11 year old use an ipad without a case? I wouldn't let my wife use an ipad without a case.


Proper 1950's order in your house!
Rating: 37 Votes
15 weeks ago
Is the back made of nickel? If so, it sounds like it's a nickelback issue. Nickelback is always a problem, for everyone.
Rating: 26 Votes
15 weeks ago
This is stupid as stated. And who lets an 11 year old use an ipad without a case? I wouldn't let my wife use an ipad without a case.
Rating: 22 Votes
15 weeks ago
Nickel allergy is common. Makes me wonder why Apple use nickel in the alloy of a tablet casing when it's supposed to be held in the hand.
Rating: 18 Votes
15 weeks ago
Your skin is reacting to it wrong :p ;)
Rating: 17 Votes
15 weeks ago

This is stupid as stated. And who lets an 11 year old use an ipad without a case? I wouldn't let my wife use an ipad without a case.


He's perfectly within reason to use it without a case.

Just because you're protective of your tech products doesn't mean that everyone else is too.
Rating: 17 Votes
15 weeks ago

Interesting, while I have never seen anyone using an iPad without a case or similar type of protection.


you clearly don't get out much then. No one I know uses a iPad case... iPhone cases... lots.
Rating: 16 Votes
15 weeks ago

NEWS! - Boy with allergy reacts to something that contains the thing he's allergic to.

SHOCKER!

No, he became allergic to it, especially considering the gradual worsening. There was no indications in the paper that he was allergic to nickel prior to using the iPad.

I also got nickel allergy from my 1. generation iPad.

How did this make a front page news story...?

Because a potent allergy inducing product line could become a major health issue forcing Apple to take it off the market?

Nickel allergy is common. Makes me wonder why Apple use nickel in the alloy of a tablet casing when it's supposed to be held in the hand.

Indeed, it is weird they didn't think more about it, especially considering how "green" they want to be these days.

So stupid and irrelevant it hurts.

Your post? Indeed.
Rating: 15 Votes

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