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Study claims electronic devices may cause nickel rash

 ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- Cell phones and electronic devices perform many functions that make your life easier, but they could cause one uncomfortable side effect: nickel rash.

A recent study out of the Medical Journal "Pediatrics" revealed there many be nickel in the protective coating found on many common electronic devices, like tablets and cell phones. Nickel is widely known to cause allergic reactions in some populations.

 Just like jewelry can cause nickel rashes, so can too much time spent using a device.

"With the increasing use of technological devices, such as iPads and laptops, the incidences of nickel-allergic contact dermatitis by exposure to electronic machines is going up," said Dr. Dawn Davis of Mayo Clinic.

Some tech experts do have one recommendation to avoid the condition.

"Easiest way and cheapest way is probably just to get a protective case for your iPad. They usually come in leather or plastic. They cover the back side of the iPad so that way you aren't touching the metal itself directly," said Wade Fields of Miracle Computers.

If you think you might have an allergy to nickel, contact your primary medical care provider. There are a variety of treatments for nickel rashes, such as topical creams, antibiotics, and antihistamines.

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