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Nickel Exposure from iPad Use Causes Allergic Contact Dermatitis in Boy — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
July 15, 2014

Nickel Exposure from iPad Use Causes Allergic Contact Dermatitis in Boy

By Kristin J. Kelley

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

Contact with iPads could cause allergic contact dermatitis in children due to exposure to nickel, according to a case report published in Pediatrics.

An 11-year-old boy had atopic dermatitis that was not responding to topical corticosteroids and was different from his typical pattern of dermatitis. Skin tests revealed a reaction to nickel. In addition, an iPad he had been using for 6 months tested positive for nickel with dimethylglyoxime.

The allergic contact dermatitis resolved once the boy began avoiding contact with nickel-containing products, notably by adding a protective covering to both the screen and entire back of the iPad (i.e., a Smart Case).

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