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Dermatol Online J. 2010 Jun 15;16(6):9.

Cell phone allergic contact dermatitis: case report and review.

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Wake Forest University Department of Dermatology, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.


The combination of increased cell phone ownership and unlimited usage plans has led to a situation in which metal cell phone parts may come into contact with the cell phone user's ear and face for prolonged periods of time. Thus, it is not surprising that recent reports of facial allergic contact dermatitis to cell phone metals have begun to emerge. In this paper we present a case of allergic contact dermatitis to cell phone metal and review all other reports on the subject. We also discuss what the implications of cell phone contact dermatitis are for dermatologists and patients.

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