Unless it’s a Nokia or an iPhone
Handsets releasing nickel and chromium are behind a huge surge in contact dermatitis, scientists believe. There’s been a massive increase – 1,250 per cent between 2000 and 2010 – in the number of cases involving contact dermatitis. And American and Danish researchers are pointing the finger squarely at smartphones. Particularly since the under18s are most affected. According to the boffins, the metals released by a large number of these devices can cause severe skin damage. Apparently, one young woman was the victim of a violent rash on her chest after keeping her phone in her bra. Bizarrely, previous researcher showed that only devices manufactured by Apple and Nokia does not release harmful metals. So be warned.
The work appears to have been carried out by researchers at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California, USA.
Most worrying is that lead researcher, Clare Richardson, claims, “Even mobile phones and smartphones that have been approved by the European regulatory body are not safe.”
She reckons that, “As rates of mobile phone use rise, cases of mobile-phone associated acute contact dermatitis are also increasing.”
Their advice isn’t clear but it seems that as handset keys erode and users touch the phone cases, the risk of a painful reaction is increased.
So the advice for men and women is definitely don’t hide your mobile phone in your underwear. A brilliant excuse for that nasty rash, though.