Cell phones could aggravate metal allergies


If you're allergic to the metals nickel or cobalt, you may want to take a second look at your mobile phone. A study by New York researchers found using those with these metal allergies ended up with skin redness, swelling, itching and even blistering where the metal touched their skin. The metals became more exposed with more wear and tear.

Some Blackberry phones had nickel in them. Many flip phones had both. None of the iPhones or Androids that were tested, had nickel or cobalt.

Cell Phones With Nickel and Cobalt

Phone models that had no nickel and no cobalt detected in all phones tested included:

  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPhone 3
  • Motorola V950 Rugged Flip
  • BlackBerry Torch
  • BlackBerry Curve
  • Motorola Droid
  • Models that had nickel but no cobalt included:

  • BlackBerry Bold
  • BlackBerry Tour
  • LG Flip VX 6100
  • Sony Ericsson Flip Z520a
  • Motorola Flip v265
  • Phone models tested that had both nickel and cobalt included:

  • Samsung Flip SCHA670
  • LG Flip CV 500
  • LG Flip VX 4400
  • Motorola Flip E815
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