Nickel allergy presenting as mobile phone contact dermatitis


  • Hugh Roberts, MBBS. Bruce Tate, MBBS FACD.

Dr Hugh Roberts, The Skin and Cancer Foundation, 80 Drummond St, Carlton, Vic 3053, Australia. Email:


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.