Monday, November 12, 2012

iPhone v.s Blackberry – One may actually cause an allergic reaction

This is one feature you didn't consider in your android vs. Blackberry vs. iphone debate.

“Approximately one-third of all Blackberries contain nickel...,” said allergist Tania Mucci, M.D., lead author of a new study. "Neither cobalt nor nickel was detected in iPhones or Droids."

Both metals can cause an allergic reaction including dry, itchy patches along the cheek bones, jaw line and ears.

Blackberry die-hards with known metal allergies are advised to avoid prolonged conversations, text messaging and handling their phones if they begin noticing symptoms.

Nickel is actually one of the most common contact allergens, affecting 17 percent of women and 3 percent of men.

News worse for flip phones

If you're still holing on to your old flip phone the news is worse. Roughly 91 percent contained nickel and 52 percent tested positive for cobalt.

Symptoms of nickel and cobalt allergies can include redness, swelling, itching, eczema, blistering, skin lesions and occasional scarring. For sufferers that are glued to their phones, the allergists suggest plastic phone cases, wireless ear pieces and clear film screens to decrease allergic reactions.


Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? Experts agree that reducing exposure is the quickest route to allergy relief. Consider a indoor air purifier for allergies with HEPA and carbon filtration. A good quality air cleaner can reduce airborne allergens by 99.97% (particles 0.3 microns and larger) and reduce airborne chemicals, gasses, and odors for cleaner indoor air.


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