Can you guess which smartphone is the worst for people with skin allergies?
As allergy sufferers know, sometimes it can be challenging to discover the source of your symptoms. Lots of things can cause skin irritation, but one sneaky culprit you may not have identified yet is your cell phone.
According to a study being presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), one-third of Blackberries contain nickel, a common allergen that affects 17 percent of women and 3 percent of men. The study, which tested smartphones for both cobalt and nickel, found that iPhones and Droids contain less of the common allergens, making them a safer alternative for people prone to skin allergies.
People with Blackberries who notice symptoms such as redness, itching, swelling, eczema, blistering, skin lesions and scarring on their hands and face, may have a nickel allergy. If this is the case, the ACAAI advises investing in wireless earpieces, plastic phone cases and clear film screens to help prevent these negative reactions.
Dr. Jeannette Graf, a dermatologist at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, told Health.com that cell phone allergies are rare, and that in many cases, people whose skin reacts to Blackberries may notice symptoms of their nickel allergy on other parts of their body.
"It is possible to have dryness and rash without realizing what the cause is," Dr. Jeannette Graf said. "But it would be unusual to see it from a cell phone without seeing it from earrings or on the belt line where jeans are buttoned, at the same time."
As the battle between smartphones rages on among tech-savvy consumers, iPhones and Droids are the obvious winners for people with allergies. If your skin is allergy-prone, Allergy Be Gone carries hypoallergenic products that may work for you, as well as products like the whole house air purifier which can help with other common allergies.