rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


Are you allergic to nickel in your iPad

If you have a nickel allergy then you probably know the main things to avoid like metal objects, coins, zips, studs on clothes, jewellery, certain foods even. The list of things containing nickel is endless but had you ever considered that your beloved phone or trusty iPad could cointain nickel?

This subject has been on my mind since the ‘itchy palms’ fiasco, but on closer inspection, I use the ipad with a Logitech keyboard so rarely touch the outer casing and my ipad is also in a protective case so this is probably not what’s causing my strange localised itching.

Are you allergic to nickel in your iPad?

I tried to contact Apple to ask them, “Do iPads contain nickel?” but it is pretty impossible to find any way of contacting them. Just what I love about big corporates with no phone number or email address, just endless searchable self help FAQs which don’t help at all.

A quick google search however brings up quite a few reported incidences of rashes caused by nickel in ipads.

Report says nickel in iPad and other devices may cause rash

This article on reuters suggests that perhaps the nickel problem is only in early ipads?
Nickel in early iPad likely triggered allergy in boy: study

Not being an early adopter with either the iPhone or iPad may mean the ones in our household do not contain high levels of nickel, however if you have handed the old iPad down to your child and their eczema has got much worse and nothing seems to help it could be worth looking at their ipad use.

Are they using the ipad a lot? Can you restrict ipad use for a week or two to see if the rash improves? or buy a cover that will prevent contact with the skin.

The rash seems to not appear just on the hands and face where you might expect but can travel around the body which then confuses the issue; it can’t be the ipad if the rash is on the belly?
But it could, the nickel gets into your skin and can then trigger an eczema outbreak on other weaker, dryer parts of the body.

You might think that just a little old rash isn’t that much of a problem, but constant itching can be really depressing, affect sleep, reduce condentration and increase the chance of infection in the raw, open, scratched skin.

Especially for people with allergies, it’s important to maintain a healthy skin barrier and moisturise eczema to reduce the severity of any allergy outbreaks. Poorly managed skin will react more swiftly and absorb allergens far more quickly.

So has anyone out there suspected they were allergic to their iPad? Is it only the first generation iPads which contained high levels of nickel? Anyone getting a rash from using the new ones?

Anyone out there from Apple want to comment?



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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