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Your iPad could be causing an itchy skin rash

Your iPad could be causing an itchy skin rash
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We saw it happen with FitBit, so it should come as no surprise that the same allergic reaction is now happening with iPads. Both the iPad and FitBit are made with nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

Earlier in the year, a class-action lawsuit was filed against FitBit after nearly 10,000 people reported skin irritations from wearing the device. Today, news broke of an 11-year-old boy being treated for a rash caused by nickel in the family's iPad that wasn't responding to standard treatments. The boy is fine. He just had to miss a day or two of school.

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.”

Has the nickel in your device made you itchy? Click here to find a doctor in your area and set an appointment with little hassle. 

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