As reported by Anahad O’Connor in a recent health report in the New York Times, in people with nickel allergies, cellphones can cause an allergic reaction. In recent years, dermatologists have seen a small but growing number of people with itchy rashes along their jaw lines, face and ears which go away when cellphone use is discontinued. New York City Allergist, Dr. Clifford Bassett was contacted in reference to this news report.

Nationwide, nickel allergy afflicts about 3 percent of men and nearly 20 percent of women. Women are more likely to be affected because they are often sensitized to it by ear piercings and metal jewelry, said Dr. Clifford W. Bassett a New York City allergist and fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, who has treated the condition.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL NY TIMES NEWS REPORT