There is a component of tablets, iPads and other devices which might cause rash for a sensitive skin. It’s nickel and is the most common allergy-inducing metal. You can find nickel in others devices too, like laptops or mobile phones, so its spread is quite common. If an iPad allergy affects you there is an easy solution to keep on using the device.
As it is the case with other allergies, children are one of the most reactive groups to various components in food or other object they use. A child in San Diego ended up in hospital with a mild itching allergy from an Apple iPad he bought in 2010. Nickel rash are not life-threatening, but they may need to be treated with antibiotics and steroids. You could find this useful and the next rash you will experience might be from an allergy to parts that contain nickel.
iPad allergy affects users, although is not a common reaction
The child’s case indicated he already had a skin condition before having this reaction to his Apple. So before you get all scared when around your laptop, you should be aware this is an isolated case. Also, as reports from this case noted, when the child started using a protective case, his condition improved. So if you can, use protective shields or cases for your devices in order to prevent health problems. According to Washington Post, the child only used a Smart Cover instead of a Smart Case. The Smart Cover only protects the screen. Instead, the Smart Case offers overall protection.
It is unclear if other Apple products or other iPad models contain nickel and Apple did not publicly comment on the subject. It is also possible you have nothing to worry about if your iPad was bought less than four yours ago.
Overall, cases of allergy to nickel increased over the last decade in children, Pediatrics Journal reports, which might indicate a bad change in the way iPad and other devices are produced. Data shows data 25 % of children who are tested for allergies have nickel-induced allergies compared to only 17% a decade ago. Among the most common nickel allergy symptoms are: itching, changes in skin color, redness, rash, dry patches on the skin.
If nickel allergies are becoming more common, it might be an issue to address, because nickel is everywhere around us: in zippers, eyeglass frames and also some jewelry. Women are mostly affected by nickel allergy, since there is a lot of jewelry containing it. The iPad allergy affects people with sensitive skin and hopefully it doesn’t become a common reaction for those without a skin condition.