Nickel in iPad may cause allergic reaction

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:07 PM ET

If your child has an unexplained rash, check your iPad.

According to a report Monday in the journal Pediatrics, an allergy to the nickel found in the iPadís casing caused an 11-year-old boyís dermatitis.

The boy had an existing skin condition but came in for treatment of a different rash that didnít respond to the standard therapy.

Doctors learned the boy had been using the iPad more and more going back six months, which was when the new rash appeared.

Allergic reactions to Apple laptops and iPhones had previously been reported.

The report recommends using a nickel-free case or cover for the iPad, or even sticking duct tape over the casing.

After the childís iPad was covered and he avoided other sources of nickel, his rash ďsignificantly improvedĒ and has remained in remission for five months.

The family owned a first-generation iPad purchased in 2010.


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