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Cell Phones Linked to Skin Rash?

As if worrying about cell phones causing brain cancer weren't enough, here's another thing to stress about: mobile phone dermatitis. It's basically an allergic reaction to the nickel in your cell phone. A flaky, itchy red rash can appear on your cheek or ear, but it may also show up on your fingertips if you're big into texting on metal buttons or surfing the web. Dermatologists think this condition is on the rise since people rely so heavily on cell phones now.

When 22 phones were tested from eight different manufacturers, nickel was found in 10 of them. So while not every phone is made with nickel, many are. Woman who wear metal jewelry that contains nickel, such as watches, are most likely to develop this kind of reaction, so if you're feeling a little itchy after using your cell phone, you may have a nickel allergy. If you've developed a rash, you're advised to stop using your phone and seek medical attention. Other ways to work around this issue are to place a case on your phone and/or use an ear bud. You'll be happy to know that many manufacturers are phasing out the use of nickel in their phones, so hopefully we won't have to deal with this problem for much longer.


uilq uilq 9 years
i ever thought that cell phone is not good to brain,now i know it's not good to skin.
catander catander 9 years
this makes so much sense! i am highly sensitive to nickel and as soon as i went to college (and started using my cell phone WAY more than ever) i started getting eczema on my cheeks (where my phone touches my skin when i talk on it)! guess i should switch to something hands free!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I have a nickel sensitivity, but I only get a rash from it if it's in contact with my skin for very extended periods of time. I don't think my phone has anything in it that would make me break out, so I'm not terribly worried.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 9 years
Yuck, I get phone zits. I only get them around the time I'm on my period, but they are only in the place where my work phone (and my cell phone, but it's mostly my work phone) touches my cheek. Seriously. I'm 32! I know that it really has nothing to do with age, but when I wake up with a zit on my cheek, I feel like I'm 13 all over again.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i always think that i break out from phones cause other people use them, or i use it and my makeup gets on it and it some how leaves a residue on my face and that gives me a breakout rash thing, but to think that there's more to it than that - ugh..we can't win can we?
Deidre Deidre 9 years
That is seriously gross.
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