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Cell Phones Can Cause an Allergic Reaction

In recent years, there has been a growing number of people who experience itchy rashes along their jaw lines, face and ears. These rashes go away when cellphone use is discontinued.

Studies suggest that the cause is an allergy to the metals in the phones, most often nickel. Nickel allergy afflicts about 3 percent of men and nearly 20 percent of women.

The New York Times reports:

“It’s unclear how many people develop allergic reactions to their phones. But the medical literature is rife with case studies. In a typical case ... an 18-year-old developed a strange rash on the right side of his face. When his cellphone headset tested positive for nickel, he switched to a nickel-free phone, and the eruption cleared up.”

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