Technology has driven millions of people crazy
over smart phones. There has always been a tough competition-turned battle to
be on the top. BlackBerry and iPhone can be counted on as two main players in
the competition. They both might have different winning qualities and
specifications, but iPhone stands out as a winner when it comes to health.
Specialists attending the Annual Scientific
Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), who
conducted studies and tests on smart phones, found out that several popular smart phones come with two
most common yet harmful allergens-cobalt and nickel
. In iPhone, none of
these metals were found. But around a third of tested BlackBerry phones had
nickel, which can cause skin rashes to people with sensitive skin. An average
flip phone contains a whopping amount of 91% nickel and 52% cobalt.
of total population in Britain suffers from nickel allergy
. The scientists
found nickel in the phone buttons, keypad, speakers, camera and metal panels.
The scientists believe that both nickel and cobalt cause an allergic reaction
that includes itchy patches and dryness in the cheekbones, jaw line and ear
Nickel is a silvery-white metal generally used in
alloys due to its capability to resist corrosion. It is normally found in
objects such as door handles, scissors, jewelry and is present in some food
such as nuts and kidney beans.
After this study, the allergists recommend that
people with sensitive skin should not go for BlackBerry phones. If already
possess a BlackBerry, then they should limit their prolonged conversations,
text messaging and handling their phones if they find any allergy symptoms.
Women are more prone to nickel-associated skin allergies which are often
noticed when they wear jewelry coated with nickel.
suffering redness, eczema, itching, blistering, skin lesions near the cheek
bones, ears or jaw lines are possible the victim of cell phone allergy. It is
advisable to cover up the phone with another plastic case completely to prevent
of these complications were observed with the iPhones, which keeps them a step
ahead in the competition.