Hugh Roberts, MBBS. Bruce Tate, MBBS FACD.
Nickel allergy presenting as mobile phone contact dermatitis
Article first published online: 28 DEC 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 The Australasian College of Dermatologists
Australasian Journal of Dermatology
Volume 51, Issue 1, pages 23–25, February 2010
How to Cite
Roberts, H. and Tate, B. (2010), Nickel allergy presenting as mobile phone contact dermatitis. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 51: 23–25. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-0960.2009.00580.x
- Issue published online: 1 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 28 DEC 2009
- Submitted 5 August 2009; accepted 6 October 2009.
- Mobile phone;
- Contact dermatitis;
A 39-year-old man presented with a 6-month history of a treatment-resistant facial dermatitis. The patient regularly used his mobile phone, predominantly on the left cheek. Patch testing confirmed the clinical suspicion of mobile phone contact dermatitis from nickel contained in the phone casing. Although infrequently reported, with the trend towards metallic mobile phone casings and the high incidence of nickel sensitization in the community, the incidence of mobile phone contact dermatitis is likely to increase.