Thursday, February 19, 2009


This one goes out to all you important people who just can't put the cell phone down...Rather your talking to your significant other, family, or business contact all that time on the phone could cost you your face!!!!

New studies have shown that there is a link to excessive cell phone use and a skin rash that develops on the cheek and ear known as "mobile phone dermatitis". Apparently the nickel surface on mobile phones can irritate the skin causing an ugly rash...

I guess you could counter act this by getting unlimited text messages but then there is that thing out there called arthritis (pronounced -aw the right is- by old folk)...So the next time you see a pretty face with a red rash on their cheek and ear offer to buy them a calling card

LONDON - Doctors baffled by an unexplained rash on people’s ears or cheeks should be on alert for a skin caused by too much mobile phone use, the British Association of Dermatologists said on Thursday.Citing published studies, the group said a red or itchy rash, known as“mobile phone dermatitis,” affects people who develop an allergic reaction to the nickel surface on mobile phones after spending long periods of time on the devices.

“It is worth doctors bearing this condition in mind if they see a patient with a rash on the cheek or ear that cannot otherwise be explained,”it said.The British group said many doctors were unaware mobile phones could cause the condition.

Safety concerns over mobile phones have grown as more people rely on them for everyday communication, although the evidence to date has given the technology a clean bill of health when it comes to serious conditions like .

“In mobile phone dermatitis, the rash would typically occur on the cheek
or ear, depending on where the metal part of the phone comes into contact with
the skin,” the group said in a statement.

“In theory it could even occur on the fingers if you spend a lot of time texting on metal menu buttons.”

Nickel is a metal found in products, ranging from mobile phones to jewelry to belt buckles and is one of the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis, according to the Mayo Clinic in the United States.

Earlier this year Lionel Bercovitch of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and colleagues tested 22 popular handsets from eight different manufacturers and
found nickel in 10 of the devices. source

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