Mobile phones are being blamed for yet another health threat - this time a facial rash associated with the nickel plating on some models.
The British Association of Dermatologists issued a warning about the unknown danger, urging doctors to consider handsets as the culprit behind unexplained rashes.
The group, citing published studies, said a rash on people’s ears may be caused by too much mobile phone use.
The red, itchy rash, also known as 'mobile phone dermatitis,' typically occurs "on the cheek or ear, depending on where the metal part of the phone comes into contact with the skin," the association said in a statement.
"In theory it could even occur on the fingers if you spend a lot of time texting on metal menu buttons."
It is believed that about 30 per cent of the UK’s population is allergic to nickel, with women particularly prone to it, as experts say they are more likely to have been sensitised to nickel through jewelery.
Handsets are more generally feared for the allegedly cancerous properties of their radiation transmissions.
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