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Dermatologist: Nickel allergy one of most common allergies

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Rashes linked to iPad allergies. (AP Graphics/ July 14, 2014) Rashes linked to iPad allergies. (AP Graphics/ July 14, 2014)
FOUNTAIN INN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

When Suzie Fowler gets an idea in her head, her hands get busy.

"I put a little bit of my heart in each piece I make," Fowler said.

She's the owner of Suzi's Hand Crafted Jewelry in Fountain Inn.

"I love seeing people happy wearing something I created," she said.

When she decided to hand-craft creations more than seven years ago, she wanted to make sure she made nickel-free jewelry.

"I didn't wear earring for probably 30 years," Fowler said.

And that's because earring posts usually made of nickel broke-out her earlobes.

"It was real red and raw, especially on the back," she said.

And now there are recent reports in medical journals that iPad users are catching an irritating rash.

"A contact allergy to nickel is one of the most common allergies we see in people," said Dr. Matthew Miller, a dermatologist and owner of Greenville Dermatology.

"A wedding band or a watch on the wrist can cause a contact dermatitis from nickel as well," Miller said.

A report in Journal Pediatrics shows children and adults are getting rashes after touching the backs of iPads which they say have tested posted for nickel components.

"The first thing you might see is a little itchy red area on the area of skin that's being touched by nickel," Miller said.

Some examples of items that can cause nickel rashes are necklaces, watches, belt buckles and earrings.

"It's going to cause them to break out into a rash," Miller said.

In order to detect a nickel allergy, doctors use a patch test. And if a patient is allergic to the nickel an indicator will turn pink.

Fowler said her store in Fountain Inn will close Sat. July 19, but she will continue to make nickel-free jewelry and take orders online through her Facebook page.

Executives with Apple, the company that makes iPads, have not commented on the claims.

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