May 2009 Archives

Who would have thought that your cell phone could give you a rash!

People who are allergic to nickel may have a difficult time with trendier cell phones.    A clinical study shows that more fashionable cell phones often contain nickel in the metallic accents. After using these cell phones, a rash (dermatitis) appears on the face and ear where nickel makes contact with the skin.

When possible, nickel sensitive individuals should test cell phones for nickel using a dimethylglyoxime (dmg spot) test before purchasing a phone or if nickel is suspected.  Test any metal on a cell phone, especially, logos, menu buttons and around LCD screens.

If your mobile phone tests positive for nickel, there are possible several solutions.  Ear buds, headsets or a speaker phone can be used in addition to a plastic cover or simply coat the non-moving part with Nickel Guard to provide a barrier from the nickel.

If you test and identify nickel in your phone, let us know and we will posit it here and update the list of phones which contain nickel.  Include the brand, model # and where the nickel was found. 

Athena Allergy, the experts in nickel allergy, has launched a new, expanded website.  This comprehensive website covers topics which directly impact daily life for nickel allergy sufferers.

  Some of the topics include:

An exciting feature of the new site is an area called Nickel Allergy News.  This area provides up to date information on nickel allergy from around the world.  The first news item featured is Cell Phone Dermatitis.  The page includes a list of cell phones which tested positive for nickel.

The updated site also features an easier to use check out area with multiple payment options including Google Checkout and Paypal.  Athena Allergy now offers refills for Nickel Alert and Nickel Guard in addition to the complete kit, Nickel Solution.

Your comments and ideas for new nickel allergy articles are welcome.