Cellphone contact dermatitis with nickel allergy

Bercovitch, Lionel; Luo, John
January 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;1/1/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 1, p23
Academic Journal
The article reports on the allergies that cellphone casing can bring to its user. An 18-year-old male was reported to have pruritic lichenified dermatitis on his abdomen and eczematous dermatitis on his extremities. It was suspected that the allergy was caused by the patient's contact to the headset due to its nickel content. An experiment was done to test the validity of the hypothesis. When the patient used a cell phone that was negative of free nickel, the patches in the skin were gone. A test was made that proved that cell phone cases contain nickel in it. The article suggests that testing the phone for people who are sensitive to nickel should be done in order to avoid having allergies.


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