Aside from a couple of batteries exploding here and there, it’s hard to hear that electronics are poising as a health risk to customers in any other way. We did see that Fitbit recalled its Force fitness tracker due to some dermatitis complaints from customers, but never have we seen products as big as a computer or a tablet giving customers issues like allergies, at least until today.
A recent article found in Associated Press shows a specific case of an 11-year-old boy who discovered he was allergic to nickel after his extensive use with an iPad. His parents had purchased this iPad since 2010, and after extensive studies into the cause of his recently developed allergies, it turns out that the Nickel used in the iPad’s casing was the cause. Nickel allergies are on a rise from 17% ten years ago, to 25% recently, and the case study attributes this to the extensive use of gadgets that have Nickel in their casings. As a solution, doctors prescribed the use of a protective case around the iPad in order to avoid the boy’s skin to come in contact with the tablet. The report reads:
His skin tested positive for nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals, and doctors traced it back to an iPad he had used with increasing frequency the past six months. The iPad tested positive for nickel as well, according to the report.
It’s hard to judge a specific gadget over one isolated case, as this article points out, but it does make us wonder how Apple will respond to these accusations. We’ll keep an eye on any developments, but after we buy a case for our iPads.