Could You Be Allergic To Your Smartphone?

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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.

Source: ACAAI
Via: phoneArena

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!