Mobile phones linked to skin rashes
Mobile phone users could develop rashes on their faces and ears due to an allergic reaction to nickel on handsets, skin experts have warned.
Nickel allergies are the most common in the UK and are thought to affect a third of the population. It is often found in the handset casing or buttons.
The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) and scientists at Brown University, Rhode Island, said the trend is being seen in people who spend long periods of time on the phone. It warned that women who reacted to nickel in jewellery were at a higher risk of a rash from their phones.
It also said people who spent a lot of time texting could develop the rash on their fingers as a result of touching the metal menu buttons.