Is your iPad giving you rashes?

This article is more than 12 months old

If you have a rash that isn't going away, you might want to get your iPad checked. 

A recent study reports that nickel in a first-generation iPad likely triggered an allergic skin reaction in an 11-year-old boy.

Two dermatologists studied the boy's severe skin rashes for more than six months before discovering that his daily use of an iPad may have brought on the condition. 

The boy’s iPad, among the first versions of the device launched in 2010, tested positive for nickel, they said.

The boy’s dermatitis improved significantly after he started using a tablet case and began avoiding known sources of nickel in general.

Apple: 'Our products are safe'

It's unclear if all iPads contain nickel, or just the first generation of the device, such as the boy’s.

The researchers said other common sources of nickel exposure for children included ear piercings, clothing fasteners, dental work – which people come into contact with constantly – laptops, cell phones and toys.

Apple defended the safety of its products.

"We have found that allergies like the one reported in this case are extremely rare. 

"We rigorously test our products to make sure they are safe for all our customers."

 Source: Reuters