Beware! Cell phones can cause skin allergies

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Mobile phones have actually made our lives easy, but it has also brought with it a lot many troubles. A new study has found that cellphones release metals which can induce skin allergies.

Researchers have warned that cell phones release metals like nickel and chromium which can cause can cause skin irritations.

Called allergic contact dermatitis (ACD), the prolonged cell phone exposure can cause dermatitis of the face, neck, hands, or anterior thighs - common places exposed to cell phones, researchers warn.

A team of researchers led by Jacob Thyssen from Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte reviewed the current literature on mobile phone dermatitis in both children and adults.

They found that nickel sensitisation is common in children, resulting in ACD prevalence levels of up to 33 percent.

The authors have provided important diagnostic tips for practitioners and strategies to raise awareness of nickel- or chromium-induced mobile phone ACD.

Previous studies have identified mobile phones and related devices as sources of metal sensitisation and potential causes of ACD.

Despite efforts to control allergen release in phones, many phones on the market release levels of metals, such as nickel and chromium, which are sufficient to induce ACD, said the paper published in the journal Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonology.

The study has been published in the journal Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology.

(With Agency inputs)

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