updated 12:40 pm EDT, Mon July 14, 2014
11-year-old boy's reactions traced to iPad use
People with nickel allergies may have to be careful with the iPad, a newly-published paper in the journal Pediatrics suggests. The paper documents an 11-year-old boy who was treated at a San Diego hospital for a rash. Most treatments didn't work, but testing found nickel in his skin, and it was ultimately discovered that the nickel was coming from an iPad the boy had been using increasingly often during the past six months.
The solution was to have the boy wrap the iPad in Apple's official Smart Case, which covers the iPad's metal edges and back. After that, the rash began to improve.
Nickel rashes are said to be relatively benign but potentially extremely uncomfortable. Skin eruptions can become infected, and may require steroids and antibiotics.
An Apple spokesman, Chris Gaither, says that the company has no comment on the matter. The firm may be unlikely to change the materials in its products, since nickel is an uncommon allergy and it could be difficult to completely eliminate that content.