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Electronic devices can trigger allergic reactions


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Monday, July 14, 2014, 7:00 PM - Feeling itchy? It could be your electronic device.

While it's not possible to be allergic to your cell phone per se, some people are allergic to the metals inside the devices, particularly nickle, reads a recent report by the Canadian Press.

Cobalt and chromium can also have adverse effects on some people.

But according to the Mother Nature Network, nickel allergies are the most common, affecting roughly 17 percent of women and 3 percent of men.


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But that's not all: Some studies suggest that cell phone towers are linked with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), a term coined to describe aversions to electromagnetic fields.

Symptoms of EHS include headaches, stress and fatigue.

It turns out you can be allergic to just about anything -- including the weather.

In April, 20 year-old Caitlin McComish made headlines when she was diagnosed with cholinergic urticarial, an allergic reaction triggered by her own sweat.

Doctors say that McComish suffers from a severe form of a common allergy, which was discovered after she went into anaphylactic shock seventeen times, always around the time of a soccer practice.


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Technically, McComish isn't allergic to her own sweat. Rather, her skin has a hives disorder that is aggravated by exposure to heat and sweat.

Experts say cold weather can affect people the same way.

McComish says she's learning to live with her condition and has seen a dramatic improvement in her health after being prescribed Xolair, an injectible drug typically reserved for asthma patients.

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