Allergic to Your Phone? Here's What Allergists Say…

Red itchy skin on your face where your phone makes contact? You might be allergic to your cell phone. Check out this Newsweek article for the details.

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Newsweek reports that allergists are reporting that substances not commonly associated with allergies in the past are now appearing as the cause of some allergic reactions. One example provided is a sensitivity that some people (especially children) are developing to nickel which is used for the trim and faceplates on some phones.

A quick check of the Skin Allergies webpage of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology shows that this kind of reaction is described as contact dermatitis for those who may want to investigate it further.

Contact dermatitis is caused when the skin touches either an allergen or something that irritates it, causing symptoms such as a rash, blisters, itching and burning. Most cases of contact dermatitis are not caused by an allergen but by something that irritates the skin such as soap, detergents and some plants.