When Susan McCann noticed that she had a little red irritation on her wrist, she had absolutely no idea what had caused it. It looked like an allergic reaction, but she couldn’t quite figure out what it could be. She’d been wearing a fitness tracker recently to help improve her health, and so she was utterly taken aback when she realized that it could be the culprit.
After doing a quick and easy test, her doctor confirmed that Susan actually had a nickel allergy. It might sound quite odd, but it’s actually a very common thing.
In fact, one in five people in North America suffer from the very same thing and in the US, 11 million children also have this allergy. Since many of our devices now contain nickel, this presents an issue.
“Traditionally, we’ve seen nickel allergies in places like earrings or from belt buckles, but now we’re tending to see it a lot on the wrist from electronic fitness trackers,” explains Dr. Laura Ferris.
The truth is that nickel may be present in all manner of things from phones and tablets to fitness trackers and other electronic devices. That is why it’s so very important to know whether this condition affects you or the people around you. Luckily, there’s a simple way of finding out the truth. As you will see, Susan’s doctor taped a battery to hr back for a moment to see whether she had a reaction. When she did, they could confirm that she had an allergy.
If you have ever had any irritation when using electronic devices, it may be worth investigating further. You ought to contact your doctor and talk to them about it sooner rather than later.
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