November 26, 2010

Itching to Talk

1 Are You Allergic to Your Cellphone?

A growing number of people with itchy rashes along their jawlines, cheeks and ears are showing up in dermatologists offices and the reason is an allergy to the metals - most often nickel - in their cellphones, say researchers who tested 22 popular cellphone models and found nickel in almost half of them. About three percent of men and 20 percent of women are allergic to nickel. Women are more sensitized to it by metal jewelry and ear piercings. It’s unclear how many people develop allergic reactions to their cellphones but if you have a strange itchy rash on one side of your face, experts say stop talking on your cellphone and switch to another brand. See an allergist for a patch test to confirm the cause. In addition, a swab test can reveal the presence of nickel in a phone.

More at NYTimes.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Cellphone Cancer Link Still Uncertain

Tags: Allergic Reaction, Allergy, Cellphone, Nickel Allergy, Dermatologist, Allergy to Metals

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