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Apple Watch gives skin rashes to some users

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In a new development, some Apple Watch users are reporting a rather peculiar skin related problems after wearing the smartwatch for a while. Users claim that they are experiencing irritation on skin due to allergy from the materials used on the Apple Watch. Also Read - Meet Indian developer who wins Apple Design award for his music app NaadSadhana

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The first images of skin irritation cropped up on iSpazio, where red patches on the user’s wrist are clearly visible around the areas where the band is placed. Another Reddit user even called Apple, where the representative questioned about his detailed skin problem for 20 minutes before telling him that the company would get back to him with a diagnosis. Also Read - iOS 4 is now available again on modern iPhones, complete with Home button: How to get it

Last year, a similar problem cropped up for fitness wearable company Fitbit. After receiving several complaints of skin irritation from the strap, the company issued a complete recall of its Fitbit Force activity tracker Fitbit found that some users may be reacting to the nickel present in the surgical grade stainless steel used in the device. Other users are likely experiencing an allergic reaction to the materials used in the strap or the adhesives used to assemble the product.”

Apple seems to be already aware of this problem, and has dedicated an entire support page where it clearly recognizes that a small number of users may manifest skin reactions to certain materials because of allergies, environmental factors or prolonged exposure to irritants.

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Apple says that if the user is sensitive to the metals and materials used, their best bet is to stay away from it. To all those who do not have any known allergy and are experiencing skin irritation, the company suggests consulting a physician before putting the Apple Watch back on.

This is what Apple writes on its support page:

For people who are sensitive to certain materials.

A great deal of care and research go into choosing materials for all our devices. In addition to ensuring that all materials adhere to existing regulations, we developed our own specification for Apple Watch that goes beyond those requirements. In fact, every material that touches your skin has gone through extensive evaluation in accordance with our specification.

This includes:

Thousands of material composition tests

More than a thousand prototypes worn for trial studies

Hundreds of toxicological assessments

Consultations with board-certified dermatologists

A small number of people will experience reactions to certain materials. This can be due to allergies, environmental factors, extended exposure to irritants like soap or sweat, and other causes. If you know you have allergies or other sensitivities, be aware that Apple Watch and some of its bands contain the following materials:

Nickel. Apple Watch, the space gray Apple Watch Sport, the stainless steel portions of some Apple Watch bands, and the magnets in the watch and bands contain some nickel. However, they all fall below the strict nickel restrictions set by European REACh regulation. Therefore, while nickel exposure is unlikely to be a problem, you should be aware of the possibility in case you’re susceptible to nickel-related reactions.

Methacrylates. The Apple Watch case, the Milanese Loop, the Modern Buckle, and the Leather Loop contain trace amounts of methacrylates from adhesives. Methacrylates are found in many consumer products that come in contact with the skin, such as adhesive bandages. Some people may be sensitive to them, or may develop sensitivities over time. Apple Watch and its bands are designed so that parts containing methacrylates are not in direct contact with your skin.

Have you been experiencing any irritation on the skin after wearing the Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Published Date: May 4, 2015 1:44 PM IST



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