Smartphones are no strangers to studies attempting to link them to health concerns. While most credible research continues to insist that there’s no link between the radio waves they propagate and any sort of illness, some users still treat them with caution. What about health effects that aren’t related to EM fields, though? One group warns that some smartphones may be safer than others when it comes to users with specific allergies.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology took a look at some iPhones, Androids, and BlackBerrys, checking the phones to see if they contained traces of cobalt and nickel, two elements that can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. While the iPhones and Androids came up clean, the ACAAI found nickel present on around one third of BlackBerry handsets.
We’d love to know more, including just where on the phones this nickel is showing up, and which specific models to look out for. For now, if you’ve noticed any dry, itchy skin on areas of you face and neck near where your smartphone regularly makes contact, and you’re rocking a BlackBerry model, you might want to think about checking-in with your allergist.