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Since 2003, when I owned a 12″ Powerbook, the skin on the tips of my fingers would become dry, hard and then crack, all within minutes of touching the metal surface on specific metal Apple products. This became obvious as Apple moved away from the polycarbonate cases for their laptops to the aluminium and Unibody designs. In fact, after the aluminium 12″ PowerBook, I acquired a black polycarbonate 13″ Powerbook, and the symptoms went away. It was only during that period when using my brother’s 15″ (pre-unibody) aluminium Powerbook for a few hours that the symptoms immediately returned and I realised I was not crazy!

Not wishing to exaggerate, but the pain that this leads to is significant. Amongst other things, it makes typing almost impossible, in particular because primary typing fingers are always effected. The cracks expose the nerves within each finger, so touching anything or allowing any fluid (other than room temperature water) into the cracks is very painful. Putting a plaster on protects the finger from further harm, but does not prevent fluids or pressure from effecting it. Peeling citrus fruit such as grapefruit is of course out of the question!

Wearing gloves or putting plasters over the injured area makes typing very fiddly, slow and inconvenient. It also looks very unpleasant in a public or professional environment.

6 or 7 years ago I began to take photos of what happened to my fingers and do some research. At the start I was embarrassed to even discuss this with my doctor, but in 2012 or 2013 I finally went to see him and he confirmed it is a skin allergy similar to that  afflicting those react to metal jewellery.

2014 may 30 1of2 apple nickel allergy

Fig 3 – May 2014

For the first few years I got nowhere in my research (Apple staff had no record of this condition), however, finally in June 2014, I came across discussion threads on Apple’s own support and external forums [A] [B] that mention Dyshidrosis. This is an allergy to nickel, or in this case, a nickel compound that Apple adds to the coating on their aluminium based products, possibly including:

  • Unibody MacBooks (up until mid/late 2015)
  • Mac mini case
  • Aluminium Apple keyboards
  • Rear of aluminium iPhones
  • Edges/rear of aluminium based Bluetooth Magic mouse
  • Magic trackpad

Comparing the photos of Dyshidrosis symptoms to my own, I do not think my fingers are afflicted with that condition, so more research is required! Am also going to research if the silver coating on the glass trackpad on the recent Macbooks is also part of the problem.

From day one, I have purchased or made and applied plastic film or cloth to my Apple toys, however, this does become annoying and/or impractical. It is very fiddly to cover the gaps between keyboard keys that fingers make contact with fairly frequently when typing. All the commercially available protective films (such as from Zagg) are designed just for that, to protect the device, not the user!

Note that in February 2014 Fitbit were forced to recall their Force wearable.

2010 jan 6 2of2 apple nickel allergy

Fig 2- January 2010

2008 april 11 3of3 apple nickel allergy crop

Fig 1 – April 2008

I now have a MacBook Pro 15″ with plastic film over the front area, but use an external keyboard at my desk. I have yet to find an alternative to Apple’s hardware that offers the right mix of features, not to mention, to migrate to Windows or other OS would involved moving and potentially converting a lifetime of files that exceed over 100,00! And learning an all new OS after >20 years of Mac use.

Update – September 29 2014: And this is an important one! a) After a period without touching anything Apple metal, the allergy returned, and guess what? It was the zips on my otherwise superb rather expensive North Face backpack! I immediately stopped using it and the allergies went away. They must use nickel on the zips. I will write to them in due course. And this brings me onto my next far more important point: b) Whilst on a flight to Germany this month, I happened to sit next to a (qualified) chemist who works for a company producing compounds used in aircraft. I happened to bring up my allergy and he immediately whispered in my ear “Well, just recently the EU have marked nickel as toxic to humans, and it is now banned from products.” There you go! No smoke without fire. eh?

Update – April 27 2017 – Now back to a MacBook Air in a protective case. Have cut to fit a transparent plastic film and covered the keyboard area around the trackpad. I recently purchased a used full size Apple keyboard for use on my desktop setup. It is impossible to cover the metal areas, so I tried it for a few days to see if it was possible to type without touching the metal areas, but it instantly triggers an allergic reaction. Am now awaiting to evaluate the awesome sounding Matias bluetooth keyboard with backlight to find out if it’s anodising contains nickel too. Will report back.

Update – June 7 2017 – Have bought a Roccat SOVA lapboard gaming keyboard for desktop use and it’s superb, but when travelling, have to resort to the MacBook Air keyboard, and it’s really painful, so going to have to consider the new MacBook Pro that is not coated in the same materials.

Update – November 20 2017 – Now using a Google Pixelbook, that is ok on the trackpad and keyboard rest area (because the latter is rubber!), but the metal body of the machine is sadly allergy causing, same tingling as from the earlier Apple products. For desktop use, have just invested in a Logitech Craft keyboard that is outstanding, and plastic around the keyboard itself, so although the top bit where the knob is is metal, the area where one does all the typing is safe. To those who have been commenting and thanking me for highlighting this, my pleasure and happy to help. Alas, I know of know solution to date other than not using specific products or materials and keeping hydrated and avoiding sugar. You are what you eat!

For the record, I am not the litigious type and do not bear any grudge against Apple or any other company producing products that cause allergies. Plus, I have no interest in taking legal action or profiting from this financially. Nobody acted with intent, it is just one of those things, no different to any other allergy really.

I love Apple and cats, and am allergic to both! Typical. I even sneeze after drinking my first sip of some hoppy beers on any given day – really! Quiet funny to bemused bar staff!


#aluminium #aluminum #allergy #dyshidrosis #nickel #apple #unibody


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June 2, 2014 at 9:09 am

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  1. Thanks for the info! I think I have the same rash on my chest from my iPod Shuffle!!! It started about a year ago, and is getting nastier looking, even though I’ve stopped wearing it in contact w/ my skin. The rash is coincidentally rectancular in shape, which gave me my first “heads up”. I’ve tried so many topical creams w/ no relief. Time to go to the dermatologist armed w/ your research!

    Debi Lee

    July 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    • Debi, wow, interesting! Let’s see if Apple (and other companies who use nickel in their products) respond. They probably didn’t know, so I don’t personally feel any anger, but as you’ll see from the update to my page (do a reload), the EU have now done something about it.


      September 29, 2014 at 8:45 am

  2. Hi there and thank you for taking the trouble to post your article. I, too, have identical symptoms to yours and after many trips to a dermatologist (who, incidentally, did not mention the possibility of an allergy to a Macbook even though I told her I had a nickel allergy), patch tests, blood tests etc etc the only thing I can whittle it down to is my laptop. It had occurred to me months ago that this might be the problem, but it tested negative when I swabbed it with my nickel tester. However, reading your post and many others online, it is the only conclusion that I can come to. I have bought a Moshi cover for the palm rest and trackpad and am waiting for a shell to arrive for the outer casing. Already my hands are showing signs of improving and so I am really hoping that this is the cause of such a painful and debilitating condition.


    September 27, 2014 at 6:42 am

    • Hi Zoe, Glad you found my page and hope it helps! See the update at the bottom of the page, things are getting interesting. Alex


      September 29, 2014 at 8:44 am

  3. Hi, I had this issue with a Macbook pro in 2010, had to sell it…
    These days again I need a Macbook pro for development, I am afraid that I will not find a good solution for arm pad and keyboard.

    I don’t want to work with an external keyboard… can you please share how you solved the problem?




    October 29, 2014 at 10:45 am

    • Ady, I part solved the problem on my current MacBook Pro 15″ Retina by coating the lower half of the keyboard area with plastic film. However, if my fingers touch any of the area between the keys or edge, it happens. The rear and top of the MacBook are inside a regular Incase protective shell. Long term, because this is such a nuisance, I am considering switch to Windows, in particular a Lenovo Yoga Pro. For travel, I know use a Chromebook – 100% plastic and surprisingly speedy and reliable! Further, I am going to finally contact Apple to see what they have to say.


      October 29, 2014 at 10:50 am

  4. I too will be writing a blog post more or less exactly like this one. Thanks for taking the time and please keep going — take it to the hoop with Apple as I will be as well. I am a manager of a UX team and I spend more than 100 hours a week touching the metal of Apple products — MacBook Pro, Magic Mouse, external keyboard, magic track pad, iPhone6. About 18 months ago, the fissures started. I had no idea what it was. Then I heard about the FitBit recall. Meanwhile, it was spreading from my two thumbs to encompass my entire right hand. All of the sores line up with my default resting hand positions.

    I have played bass guitar for nearly 30 years and the skin on my fingertips is thicker than most folks. I think this is what caused the condition to take so long to appear. So bad has the condition gotten, I have considered giving up music. Tired of cleaning blood off of my guitars. And this is after changing from nickel to stainless steel strings.

    I have a case covering the outside of my mac and I am awaiting a shipment of stickers that will cover the wrist rest, trackpad and a keyboard cover. So bad is my right hand, I am typing this while wearing a golf glove on my right hand. The extremely thin leather still allows for capacitance so that I an still use my phone and other touch enabled devices.


    November 14, 2014 at 3:42 pm

  5. I have the same problem but I use a MacBook Air 13, iPad 4, magic keyboard and trackpad since this summer. I never knew what was causi g it. For me it depends on the length of time touching it. I have since put a topcase shell and palmrest sticker last week and the symptoms disappeared. I googled iPad nickel allergy and found a news reports where a boy had rashes everywhere. For me it was always the fingers.


    November 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm

  6. Hi all,

    Ive had Apple products for 9 years and never had, or should i say ‘noticed’, any issues with skin irriation. I have had only one Macbook Pro since 2007. I bought a new Macbook Pro 2 weeks about [now mid January 2015] and have had a few nights with itchy fingers. Its only last night that i realised it could be my MBP. Its early days for me so still seeing whats happening here. One thing i have noticed is that my rash is worse when the machine is plugged in.

    Interesting to read other peoples issues on this

    Andi Hawes

    January 21, 2015 at 9:47 am

    • Ah ha, you mention your rash is worse when the machine is plugged in. This is because there is an electrical current flowing through the whole unit and this probably exacerbates the situation. I have noticed that when in an Apple dealer and using the Macbooks, I can sense an immediate tingling when touching the metal surfaces or edges. The machines are always plugged in, but by removing the power plug, the tingling stops. It’s either current leakage or an induction issue. Be interesting to know what Apple think of all this.


      January 21, 2015 at 9:55 am

  7. I have the same issue with an aluminum late 2008 era Macbook. Once I traced it to the trackpad, I switched to a mouse, but the skin irritation has not subsided. I wonder if there was a coating on the trackpad in the initial years that wore off. It’s been an issue for about 6 months (worsened since the dry winter months) and I suspect that I’ll need to go to a dermatologist soon. The skin just never heals completely, calloused, dry, cracks and it’s mildly painful. I wear bandaids for a day or two and it gets a bit better. I now use rubber gloves to wash dishes, use hand lotions and frankly it’s annoying.


    February 16, 2015 at 6:09 pm

  8. I managed to solve my issue using hard case from speck, keyboard protector from EZQuest, and palm clear protector from BodyGuardz. now I work safely with a new 15 MBP. thanks for all the help. I do recommend using this product, they are clear (opaque) and look almost as the native look.


    February 16, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    • Indeed. I have my MacBook covered in cases and film. I wish Apple would make a tough non metal laptop like the superb Lenovo Yoga machines that are hypo allergenic by design. (Just ruined by Windows.)


      February 16, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      • It would be great if someone produced a different Windows OS that was, like Apple.

        Patrick Baigent

        November 3, 2017 at 11:16 am

  9. I have developed the same symptoms after getting an iPad this summer. I believe it may be a reaction to the oleophobic coating in the glass, however. The coating repels skin oil, and I think I am sensitive to it and it is causing my fingers to become extremely dry. I started using a stylus a few days ago and put a screen protector on, and my fingers are already starting to get better. I never had a problem with my iPhone, which has the same coating (and nickel), but I put a screen protector on my phone the day I bought it. And I regularly handled the phone (I like to play with it while watching TV) yet never had a problem, so I do not think I have a nickel allergy.

    I also hate using a screen protector and stylus, but my fingers were so bad. They were painful and bleeding and embarrassing. Fingers that rarely touched the device, like my pinkies and ring fingers, never had any problems, which is how I figured out it was not something contagious or a problem that would affect my whole body, like vitamin D deficiency.


    February 19, 2015 at 8:29 am

    • Have you considered it may be the actual metal body of the iPad, not the screen coating?


      February 19, 2015 at 8:33 am

      • Yes, but I am leaning away from that as the cause because the only fingers that really get affected are those that touch the front screen. Also, I have routinely held the bare metal edge of my iPad against my stomach (like propping it on my bare stomach while lying in bed, for example) and never had a reaction. Plus, The iPhone has nickel, too, and I have used different iPhones for years (always with the screen covered) and had no problem. From a medical perspective, it makes sense that it would be the oleophobic coating. The coating is designed to repel the oils from your fingers as you touch the screen. Maybe too much oil is being repelled–hence, the excessive dry skin. all I know is that a few days after covering the screen with a protector and using a stylus, my fingers are getting better very quickly. That includes the side of the thumb and forefinger I use to hold the device, which were the worst.


        February 19, 2015 at 2:46 pm

  10. I have the exact same symptom, thanks for identifying what was the cause. I thought it was my iPhone, then the cover, then my car, then my mouse, then my keys… all the time it was the MacBook Pro touch pad.

    David Gleason

    April 2, 2015 at 2:19 am

  11. wow…. thanks for confirming what i suspected to be the culprit of skin rash on my hands . i have been wondering for quite some time and a hinch told me it has to be my macbook air causing the rash.
    what can be done in the long run…. does apple not react at all. now we have to spend more money just to protect our health ?

    molly schoeck

    May 25, 2015 at 4:27 am

  12. This article pretty much sums up my experience. The pictures could be of my own fingers, although I only have one finger affected. It just happens be the one figure I use the touchpad of my MacBook Pro. Thanks for all of the helpful suggestions provided here.


    June 3, 2015 at 4:49 am

  13. Ditto. Finally found your blog after my symptoms have returned this week! Was plagued by this exact condition crippling my right fingers (all the skin pealing off etc) for 4 years of using my MacBook trackpad. After getting nowhere with dermatology testing etc. and being laughed at by my GP regarding my suspicions of clergy to my laptop, I invested in an Apple Magic Mouse for my laptop, resulting in over a year of normal hands. Forgot about it all until last week when we purchased a new iMac desktop with Magic TRACKPAD, and low and behold after 3 days of using the trackpad, my fingers have returned to the original state of pain and skin loss. I’m completely convinced that the trackpads/nickel everyone is the contributing factor. Is anyone writing this on the Apple forums, or putting this to Apple. I’m writing to them directly to highlight this. Anyone found anything which can cover the trackpad which doesn’t affect its responsiveness but protects your fingers???

    Julie Leonard

    July 6, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    • Hi, two comments: 1. I actually found the edges of the (touch based) magic mouse also a problem (the edges are metal), so I covered them in black electrical insulating tape and no problems since. 1. The trackbad on the more recent MacBooks are glass, so it is possible there is a coating on the glass or it is the edges where the metal part of the laptop begins. Either way, glad my post has been helpful! It’s good to know we’re not the only ones. BTW, as per an update I’ll be making soon, I have just purchased the recent (2015) MacBook Pro 13″ Retain with Force Touch trackpad and after several weeks, experienced NO allergic reaction so can conclude Apple have changed the coating! 🙂


      July 6, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    • Have the same issue, find a speck cover for the body, and a Bodyguardz clear cover for the trackpad, the palms area, and a keyboard cover by ezquest. works great! can’t put links here, from some reason its not working. but this is for a mac book pro. for imac, you will have to find appropriate keyboard cover, but I don’t belive there is a solution for the track pad… maybe you can do something with the clear cover from bodyguardz, or ask them for something. for the magic mouse, forget it. I sold mine. Good luck.


      July 6, 2015 at 7:33 pm

  14. Hi again,
    I’ve just discovered an Italian company providing skins for apple trackpads on Amazon. A bit pricey with postage but I’m desperate!

    See :

    Will let you know if it works!

    Julie Leonard

    July 6, 2015 at 12:25 pm

  15. My situation: The cause and the cure
    I started getting dry, cracking, painful, peeling fingertips a couple of Midwestern winters ago. My pointer fingers and thumbs had the condition the worst. My other fingertips had it too, but it got less severe the closer it got to my pinkies. I was also getting it along the outermost sides of my pointer fingers and in the spaces between my thumbs and pointers. I chalked it up to dry, winter air. Spring would come and the condition would stop. Except for this year— winter came and went… spring came and went… summer came and went— I still had the condition. I went to a doctor and a dermatologist. I tried most every lotion, balm and ointment— including a few prescriptions from the dermatologist. The dermatologist did patch testing for allergies— for 36 different things— metals, fragrances, etc. I had reactions to nickel (sulfate), cobalt dichloride, fragrance mix, wool alcohol, and epoxy resin. It appeared the culprit was nickel— which is in most anything metal. I stopped playing my guitars (strings, frets, tuners), taped off my metal iMac keyboard, made sure my iPhone was completely covered, wore gloves to the gym (dumbbells, barbells, machines), put a protective covering, whenever possible, between my fingers and metal (locks, keys, cutlery, cabinet hardware, etc.) and wore gloves (nitrile or cotton). Then my fingers and thumbs got worse than they ever did before. I dismissed nickel as the cause.
    I then suspected it might be my cell phone cover because of how my hands and fingers touched it when I was using it. It kind of aligned with where I was getting the condition. As a test, I removed the rubber-like black cover and replaced it with one of my daughter’s old, hard plastic ones. I noticed improvement on my digits within 36 hours. It’s now been 7 days and there is dramatic improvement— almost back to normal. It had been my cell phone cover all along.


    October 10, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    • UPDATE:

      My condition (dry, cracking, painful, peeling fingertips) has come back after just a week of being almost back to normal. It appears it was not the iPhone cover I suspected. It was just a coincidence. Sigh. I will post any updates.


      October 20, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    • Sorry for delay in reply, mid moving and it’s been chaos. Will reply soon, see my reply of just how to John Doe who just commented this morning. (UK time!)


      October 26, 2017 at 10:54 am

  16. first at all, i nearly have tears in my eyes as i found this page per accident. i try to holt it short, because english is not my native language, and writing in this special case is very hard.

    since years ago i had a small bubble on my right ringfinger and from that finger a dermatologic diseaese spreads. my first thought at this time, it could be the mighty mouse, so i wrapped this place where my finger touches with adhesive tape.

    but the disease spreads over and over, not daily, but monthly/yearly. first the ringfinger, then the other finger, then another, and then the OTHER HAND. i went from doctor to doctor. mostly gone with cortison lotions. back then it helps, but now not anymore. i actually use “tanning agents” (gerbstoffe) like its found in oak bark. but i think it doesnt helps very much.

    so i googled the symptoms (yes i know i know, dont do that), but at least i found the name of that shit: Dyshidrosis. its EXACTLY what i have. and as i read the part when cobalt, nickel, etc came up i looked down to my magic keyboard and my magic mouse. so i googelt (try one’s luck) “apple keyboard nickel” and found a forum topic at apple himself where other guys talked about atopic eczema, and where i also found the link to this page. and so its why i have tears. i thought i am stupid to believe this shit is caused by such a simple thing like a keyboard, but the resonances here and there speaks a clear language.


    what do you do also with cremes/lotions? do you have some skin care tipps, beside to avoid apple alumnium? please answer me – thank you

    John Doe

    October 26, 2017 at 10:37 am

    • oh, and what keyboard/mouse you are suggesting for using an iMac? main working: design (dtp, print, media)

      John Doe

      October 26, 2017 at 10:43 am

    • Hi, I have just moved home, so in chaos, will reply more later, but VERY glad I could relieve you of that ‘Am I the only one?’ feeling. Just a quick answer, I don’t tend to take ‘drugs’ or medication for anything (am a health freak and hate big pharma), but although no cure, a few tips: a) Drink a lot of water, if your skin is dehydrated, it makes things worse. b) Avoid sugary stuff, eat a lot of protein, olive oil etc, look after your skin. c) If you have (say) a MacBook Pro (current ones with Touchbar do not create this reaction, different coating), when it is charging, you’ll feel a tingling when touching it because of low level electrical leakage that also makes things worse, so try not to use the machine when charging. d) I no longer use ANY Apple products, (may get an iPad Pro 10″ tho, as I am a graphic designer and the 9.7 was great), but currently using Chromebook Pixel 2013 and Galaxy Note5. Chromebook IS aluminium, but coloured dark grey, and it sometimes creates a minor reaction, but not that bad. My phone is a Note5, and sometimes, I get a slight feeling when touching the metal rim, but i have it cased, so not a problem.
      When I had a Bluetooth Magic Mouse, I put electrical tape along each edge to resolve that allergy problem with that. Not tried the new Magic Keyboard. I don’t like the short throw keys on it or the new MacBooks, so even if I was not allergic to them I would not buy one. More later if I can help! BTW, I am also allergic to some zips and things, very annoying! (I think I mentioned that on the blog post.) My advice? Either go plastic or cover your machine in film as I do when I REALLY want a bit of hardware that I an allergic too!


      October 26, 2017 at 10:52 am

      • thanks for replying! actually i try out my old logitec keybaord/mouse on my imac. unfortunatly the keys are not setup very well. many functions are not usable. so how to cover the magic keyboard?! maybe my boss will buy my a keyboard/mouse from logitec wich is optimized for apple/osx.
        what cremes/lotions do you use for your daily skin care?
        do you avoid to eat nickel containing food? because there would be very much of it… even coffee!

        John Doe

        November 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      • oh, but u ever noticed the Dyshidrosis typically “little water bubbles” below your skin? or do you just have an nickel allergy?

        John Doe

        November 3, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      • oh, but u ever noticed the Dyshidrosis typically “little water bubbles” below your skin? or do you just have an nickel allergy?

        John Doe

        November 28, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      • no water bubbles. Just dries and cracks. I have just bought a Logitech Craft keyboard, that is outstanding in every way – very Mac friendly. The key benefit is that the whole keyboard area, inc keys and bit they sit in, is pure plastic. Top where the dial is is metal, but you don’t need to touch it, and it doesn’t seem to create any tingling anyway.


        November 28, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      • the craft wa sin my sight too, but in amazon many users are angry about the noise of the space-bar. ist your keyboard silentless? and what mouse you use for the craft?

        John Doe

        November 29, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      • yes, space bar is silent, well, same noise as regular keys, although thinking about it, maybe slightly ‘louder’ but even in a quiet room (like mine), it’s not going to be heard from more than a few feet away. BUT, my first Craft was bent in the middle, so Amazon swapped it. Second is perfect. Really is an awesome keyboard.


        November 29, 2017 at 12:53 pm

  17. OMG THANK YOU!!!!!
    I have this exact situation going on for about a year now! I was freaking out from some of the other things I saw online and this exactly correlates to when I got my macbook pro…
    For me, the skin started getting red and raw on my right ring finger and spread to my fingertips on my right hand… then over to the left hand, again starting with my ring finger… The skin on my fingers is so tight and gets wrinkled/cracks…
    I noticed that it is not as bad in the mornings, maybe because I am not on my computer for several hours while I am asleep… it is only on my fingertips… although it is starting to creep further and further down to my second knuckles and only on the inside of my hand, not the top…
    I’ve tried so many different things and nothing has worked ….it’s only gotten worse… @oflife what are the best products for me to get to cover my computer? I should get a mouse too? ….
    Also, throughout my research and prior health knowledge, adding silica (diatomaceous earth food grade powder) can really help all of us heal! I’m starting to put it into my smoothies, it is tasteless and really good to clean the GI tract also… sweeps out dead parasites too 🙂
    OfLife —maybe you can post another update on the blog with the best products you have found to cover the Mac— ? 🙂
    I will be switching away from Apple as soon as I can
    Thank you ❤

    Danielle Rodenroth

    October 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm

  18. Hi, thanks for the post. I am suffering from similar desease since 2015. We are investigating the cause of it but I guess it could be allergy on nickel. I play the guitar (guitar strings could be the source) and I have HTC U11 (used to have HTC one M7). I have some dry cracks on both thumbs and both forefingers and it´s spreading further. The only problem is when the crack is opened. The skin is very thin on fingers so it could be painful. I am looking for a solution. Let´s wait for some tests. My recommended some fatty oils, butter, salt from dead sea etc etc. But it cost money and no effect…

    Radovan Uhler

    October 30, 2017 at 3:06 pm

  19. Many thanks for this post, this seems to be just what I’m suffering from!

    Patrick Baigent

    November 3, 2017 at 10:55 am

  20. I have been fighting this condition for three years now. I’ve gone to three different doctors and purchased numerous prescriptions and lotions for this condition. Obviously nothing has helped. I almost cried when I found this post on the web because the pictures look identical to my hands.
    I have owned the IPhone 4S, 6 Plus, and now the 7 Plus. I have to say I never had a skin issue with the 4S but I always kept it in an Otterbox. My problems started when I purchased the 6 Plus. I decided not to put it in an Otterbox. I am almost positive it is the I Phone that is causing this. I recently purchased an Otterbox for my 7 Plus and healed up somewhat for about a week but now my hands are back to itching like crazy and burning. It is obvious how I hold my phone because that’s where all my problems are showing up on my fingers and hands. I have decided to give it two more weeks if I don’t heal I’m trading in my Apple I Phone and purchasing a different make of phone. It alarms me to think what these phones are made out of and what chemicals are all over them. Hang in there and Good Luck to you all.

    November 12, 2017 at 6:55 pm

  21. hey guys, i just tried out a lotion, wich i accidentally found in amazon reviews: TANNOSYNT Creme
    and after i use this (and dont use apple keyboard/mice) its the best case since a long time!
    not perfect, but better as the stupid doctor things – only cortison blah blah blah.
    the keyword is: synthetic tannins (Synthetische Gerbstoffe). bless u all!

    John Doe

    November 28, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    • Interesting, thanks. BTW, I don’t tend to touch medication of any type, but I will try anything to speed up recovery after any reaction if things get desperate! (Am a believe that nature knows best, not big pharma, who would rather we spend out lives diabetic and allergic to things.)


      November 29, 2017 at 9:07 am

  22. My fingertips have stopped peeling—
    5 weeks ago I quit taking daily doses of low-dose aspirin and One-a-day brand (for men over 50) vitamins. I also started taking a daily Zyrtec-equivalent (generic) allergy pill. My solution appears to be one or a combination of these three things. My fingers have been clear for over four weeks.


    April 6, 2018 at 9:35 pm

  23. I have exactly the same problem as you, my fingertips get dry and cracked, exactly the same.
    For over a year I’ve been using all types of creams, medicines seeing doctors even got a biopsy thinking I had some type of skin cancer.

    I know 100% is caused by the use of my iPhone, it started with the iPhone 7 and even now with the XS.

    Moshe Levi

    December 23, 2018 at 9:37 am

    • Thing to do is investigate what materials each device is made from. IPhone XS is mainly glass and won’t cause allergies. But there maybe some form of metal in the edge?


      December 23, 2018 at 10:46 am

      • It’s the glass that causes the dryness then it cracks and bleeds.
        I’ve switch from right index to thumb, now I’m using left thumb and L. Index.
        The reaction is almost immediate

        Moshe Levi

        December 23, 2018 at 10:09 am

      • If you are allergic to glass I would go see a dermatologist stat. What happens when you drink from a glass, uhm, glass? Or touch a window?


        December 23, 2018 at 11:17 am

      • It’s the oleophobic coating, not “glass” per se.
        (This coating basically dries your skin, keeping fingerprint spots off of a glass panel.)–what-it-is-how-to-clean-your-phone-what-to-do-if-the-coating-wears-off_id65974

        Moshe Levi

        December 23, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      • Interesting. Truth is, people can be allergic to quite a lot of things. Me? Apple, Cats and Chocolate (used to give me headaches). Three things I love! 😦


        December 23, 2018 at 2:52 pm

  24. Best site here

    Jack Sparrow

    January 4, 2019 at 9:25 pm

  25. A few years ago I developed a severe chronic skin condition on my palms, fingers and occasionally the soles of my feet. I’ve seen several dermatologists, their diagnosis is always vague & varied. Each medication prescribed has been ineffective. It’s debilitating and painful. I ran across your article & this is precisely what’s wrong with me, although significantly worse. I’ve had an iPhone for several years, currently a 7+. I can’t open anything with a cap, grip or apply pressure to any of the affected areas on my hands. I have deep painful fissures, mainly on my fingertips and palms. The itching is unbearable, sometimes waking me from sleep. And the burning is torturous. Thank you so much for sharing this. Until now I had no idea what was causing my condition. At least now I know without a doubt & have a direction to go in in an attempt to resolve my suffering.


    February 11, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    • Glad to help! Do research the metals and such. The latest Apple gear is ok. For example, any of the laptops that are available in a selection of colours, such as 2018 MacBook Air and the MacBook Pros from 2016 onwards. And the iPhone 8 onwards too I believe.


      February 11, 2019 at 1:22 pm

  26. Hi
    I googled about skin disorders and saw your finger. It’s just like mines. I also find that I am allergic to metals, dust, plastic, leather and oil also Vaseline!
    Greating from Iran 😉


    April 17, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    • Dust? Oh no! How do you cope? Does it make you sneeze or harm your skin?


      April 17, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      • When I touch something with dust, my finger skin hurt just like your finger.
        It’s very difficult, I try to prevent touching such things or use single-use gloves or band aids or manage to touch with different fingers or hand with better condition and when back home use Humidifier. But I have this problem for around 8 years now :/


        April 18, 2019 at 8:56 am

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