Do you spend your most of the time working on laptops or iPads? Or are you finding unexpected and unexplained rashes on your skin? Then scientists suggest you should cut short your laptop use.
A new study has found that nickel, which is present in popular tablet computers, leads to eruption of red inflammatory patches or rashes on your skin.
Nickel is one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.
According to the scientist, the red rashes on the laps or other part of the body are due to the nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones.
Monday’s Pediatrics cited a case of an 11-year-old boy who was recently treated at a San Diego hospital after he developed an itchy body rash due to an Apple iPad.
According to the doctors at Rady Children’s Hospital, the boy had now skin problem but he developed a different rash all over his body. The skin condition was also not responding to usual treatment.
Following some skin tests, the doctors found that he had a nickel allergy and it was because an iPad, that his family had bought in 2010.
Doctors also tested the device and found that the chemical compound nickel in the iPad’s outside coating.
Dr. Sharon Jacob, a dermatologist at Rady Children’s Hospital, “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.”
Jacob, who co-wrote the report, said the young boy had to miss his school due to the skin rash.
According to the doctors, nickel rashes can also be caused from common products including some jewelry, eyeglass frames and zippers.