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Electronic devices may cause a rash

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Jennifer Myers Jennifer Myers
Lafayette dermatologist Jennifer Myers says adults and children are seeing body rashes that may be coming from contact with the widely-used allergy-inducing metal--nickel.
"The rash could be potentially related to a device or potentially even cellphones with metal casings or buttons," says Myers.
Laptops, iPads and cellphones could all contain nickel and cause the non-life threatening rash; everyone, she says, is susceptible.
"We're not born allergic to things, you become allergic to it with continued exposures," says Myers.
But, there are ways to protect yourself and your family.
She says if you have a rash on somewhere unusual, like your face or your finger, avoid using the product.
Myers says there's no mistaking these rashes.
"If you're right-handed look for a right-sided rash. If you put your iPad on your thighs every day you would see it there or buttons on your cellphone usually with old flip phones; you would see it on your fingers," says Myers.
If you're unable to avoid these electronic devices, Myers says a doctor may end up prescribing cortizone cremes for symptom relief.
It's unclear which iPad models or whether or not other apple products contain nickel. The company did not return our calls for comment as of news time.
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