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Mobile phone rash flares up

Nickel ear, nickel there, pretty soon it adds up
Thu Oct 16 2008, 14:52

MOBILE PHONES can give you spots, the British Association of Dermatologists has warned.

People are puffing up all over with a red or itchy rash, the skin scratchers said, warning that incidences of mobile phone dermatitis are on the up.

Some users can have an allergic reaction to the nickel used in some handsets according to the dermatologists

"It is worth doctors bearing this condition in mind if they see a patient with a rash on the cheek or ear that cannot otherwise be explained," the group proclaimed in an announcement today.

It said most doctors are in the dark about the condition

"The rash would typically occur on the cheek or ear, depending on where the metal part of the phone comes into contact with the skin," the group said.

"In theory it could even occur on the fingers if you spend a lot of time texting on metal menu buttons, " the BAD guys said. µ



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