Report: iPad May be Causing Allergic Rashes in Children

Report: iPad May be Causing Allergic Rashes in Children

Apple’s iPad could be behind the previouslyunexplained allergic rashes in children. The Washington Post cites a case study of an 11-year-old boy, published in Pediatrics medical journal.


The article focused on an 11-year-old boy who could be allergic to the nickel which is used in the casing of the tablet. After the boy’s use of an iPad increased, he developed a rash that would not respond to conventional treatment.

The boy’s skin tested positive for nickel, which is one of the most common allergy-causing metals, and doctors have traced it back to an iPad the lad had been using. The report states the iPad tested positive for nickel as well.

When doctors advised the boy to use a case that covers the entire outer surface of the device – thus minimizing direct contact with the tablet – the child’s skin condition improved significantly.

The Associated Press notes that nickel allergies in children appear to be on the rise, with 25% of subjects receiving skin tests testing positive for nickel allergies, up from 17% ten years ago.

(Via MacRumors)