Yet another reason to use Bluetooth or wired headsets, eh?
Earlier this year a team led by Dr. Lionel Bercovitch, Department of Dermatology, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Rhode Island, tested 22 popular handsets from eight different manufacturers and found nickel in 10 of the devices.
The picture above, in fact, is from a case in the Canadian Medical Association Journal from January, involved Dr. Bercovitch. His patient had a rash, switched to a phone without nickel in the device (relieving the issue), and switched back, with a subsequent recurrence.
"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. 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.Ah, there you go. A Bluetooth headset won't fix a finger rash, but a keyless phone like the LG Dare or iPhone ... now that would.
In theory it could even occur on the fingers if you spend a lot of time texting on metal menu buttons."
BAD said many doctors were unaware mobile phones could cause the condition.
It's not the only example of a cultish device causing health problems. There was an earlier Nintendo Wii-related disease I wrote about: "Wii-itis." Sort of a tennis elbow for Wii users.