‘Mobile phone dermatitis’ baffles doctors

LONDON: A rash appearing on people’s ears or cheeks caused by too much mobile phone use has baffled doctors, the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) said on Thursday. The group said rash, known as ‘mobile phone dermatitis’, affects people who develop an allergic reaction to the nickel surface on mobile phones. The group said many doctors were unaware mobile phones could cause the condition. Safety concerns over mobile phones have grown as more people rely on them frequently. The rash appears on repeated contact of the metal with skin. Nickel is one of the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis, according to the Mayo Clinic in the United States. Research has proven that many mobile phone manufacturers use nickel in their devices. reuters

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