The possible presence of nickel, a common allergy-inducing metal, in the tablet may be the cause of an itchy body rash that formed on the boy’s skin, according to an AP story on a new report in the journal Pediatrics.
While the boy already had a common skin condition that caused scaly patches, he developed a different rash that was not responding to usual treatments.
A skin test showed the boy had a nickel allergy, and doctors were able to trace it back to the iPad the family bought in 2010. Testing of the iPad detected a chemical compound found in nickel present in the iPad’s outside coating.
Dr. Sharon Jacob, a dermatologist at Rady Children’s Hospital where the boy was treated, said that while nickel rashes aren’t life-threatening, they can be very uncomfortable and may require treatment with steroids and antibiotics.
Jacob reported that the boy’s condition got better after putting a protective case on the iPad.
Its unclear if other iPad models or Apple devices contain nickel. An Apple spokesman told the AP the company had no comment on the issue.
Jacob urges doctors to consider electronic devices when assisting patients with skin rashes.
Earlier this year, a number of consumers reported receiving contact dermatitis from the popular Fitbit Force device that at tracks users’ steps, stairs climbed, and the quality of their sleep.
Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause [The Associated Press]