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Doctors Link Nickel Used in Cell Phones to Face Rashes

Cell Phone Dermatology: The Face Rash

I'm totally paranoid about my face and am always trying to clean off my germy cell phones where they touch me, but it sounds like a bacteria-induced breakout is the least of my problems: Apparently the nickel used in many handsets can cause irritation anywhere you're touching it, like your cheek or even your fingers, just from typing.

It sounds like it's more of an issue with prolonged use, so if you're starting to get an itchy face — AKA "mobile phone dermatitis," then maybe you should whip out your headset if you can't bring yourself to decrease your cell phone use. Anyone else feel itchy just from reading about this?


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lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
i am "recovering" from this now. the right side of my face has been a mess and i couldn't figure out why. i don't like my headset and avoid using them.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i saw this post some where else on pop and i have to say that it makes me a bit aggravated. i feel like EVERY day we're finding out about new things that aren't good for us from cell phones, and if that's really the case - then why are thee continuously more and more of these things being designed that don't address the concerns?
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I don't use my cell phone that much, but i also remember not to hold it too close to my face when i do.
jemto jemto 8 years
Ladies, Ladies, Ladies.....what did you do with that cute, little blue tooth ear piece that you took a week researching? Use it if it bothers you that much. I am sure texting won't warp your fingers. If you really have a problem, make sure the phone is the source first. If it is, use the speaker creative.
amerikanbeanhead amerikanbeanhead 8 years
Pain clear nail polish over the irritating parts of your phone, it really does work. one of friends is so allergic to nickel that the grommets and studs on her jeans can give her huge sores so she even paints those with clear nail polish.
BarStar BarStar 8 years
Wow, this explains a lot. I resist headsets because I think they look pretty goofy, but I guess it's better than the unexplained itching on my cheek.
maskedtoejam maskedtoejam 8 years
My mom told me about this today! I can't believe I didn't think of it before. On the right side of my face, right where I hold my cell phone, I have a itchy spot that won't go away! I've known about my nickel allergy for years, but I never thought my cell phone would cause it!
Anniina Anniina 8 years
I think I have had that. Nickel is my kryptonite. My cell was the only thing touching my face, so, yeah. :)
malexa malexa 8 years
the weird things people are finding these days that pertain to cellphones... what happened to the days when our parents gave us toys for christmas and didn't worry about lead being in them?! i miss those days! :P
DailyCrush DailyCrush 8 years
I can't believe someone else noticed this!! I kept getting a tiny, precisely rectangular-shaped red, itchy spot on the side of my face, and I couldn't figure out what it was... until I realised that it lined up EXACTLY with one of the metal buttons on my cell phone. :) I simply switched cell phones (my contract was up anyway - heh), but I also heard you can paint clear nail polish over the metal spot to protect your skin from the nickel.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I always wipe off my phone and my husbands phone after we use them. Especially since my face gets pretty oily if I use the phone for a long time.
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