It has come to our attention that some protective cases for Apple’s iPhone and other devices can cause severe rashes, as this 30-year-old marketing manager form Liverpool learned the hard way.
Jenny Taylor had purchased a soft silicone Griffin FlexGrip Punch to cover to her iPhone 4. She noticed her face swelling up after fitting the case and using the phone.
She had developed a rash across her face and neck with a ‘phone-shaped’ sore where she had held the device to her ear, reports dailymail.co.uk
. Miss Taylor at one point woke up with her neck swollen so badly she couldn’t even swallow.
She said: 'My neck looked like a roll of sausages and I knew I definitely needed to go back to the doctors. You could literally see the shape of where the phone had been on my face, lots of little spots came up in the same area. You could see a distinctive mobile phone shape, there was no question of what it was.”
After several visits to the hospital, Miss Taylor was told she had developed no less than 13 skin rashes all caused by the silicone.
The 30-year-old woman was told by doctors to stay away from coins, belt buckles, door handles, and other mobile phones. The reason? Many of these items contain nickel, which is the most common cause of skin contact allergies in the industrialized world, according to the report.
“My mum didn’t recognise me at first, she gasped in shock when she saw me, she was appalled. She thought I’d stay like that forever,” said Miss Taylor. “'When I saw a new doctor they examined my throat and they got concerned when they couldn’t see down there.”
“I couldn’t swallow properly, so the doctors booked me in to another hospital and told me to go there straight away,” she said. “I've contacted both Apple and Griffin to warn them about my allergic reaction but I haven’t received any calls back or any letters. I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else because it's put my life on hold.”