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April 25, 2008

Beware of Technology During Allergy Season

By Stefania Viscusi, TMCnet Assistant Editor

 With allergy season in full bloom, many people are keeping a close eye on just how close they come to pollen, mold and other allergens.
This season however, new studies are suggesting that allergies are sprouting up beyond just flowers and plants to also include cell phones, iPods and other technology as a culprit.
Vitals.com, a doctor evaluation site notes that there is a new allergy phenomenon being brought on by the prevalent use of modern technology.
The claims are centered on the much heated debate of radiation and microwaves generated by heavy use of cell phones and other wireless technologies, and notes that the exposure to them, is causing people to become more sensitive and as a result develop skin rashes fatigue and headaches.

Also, the claims note that those who already suffer from allergies are making them worse by using the cell phone too much and worsening allergic reactions like watery eyes or runny nose.
According to the claims, cell phones and iPods can cause rashes especially to those who are sensitive to various metals such as nickel, for example, used in call phone casings and batteries or other metals in iPods, can cause rashes and other skin bumps to occur if used for too long.

"In addition to the typical pollen-producing allergies that are rampant during the months of spring, technophiles should take caution that some of their favorite gadgets may be the culprit of certain allergy symptoms," said Dr. Todd Rosengart, Chief Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stony Brook University Medical Hospital and Chief Medical Advisor of MDX Medical, which created Vitals.

This reporter's advice: Stay indoors, turn up the air purifier, grab a good book, and turn off the gadgets for just a day!
Stefania Viscusi is an established writer and avid reader. To see more of her articles, please visit Stefania Viscusi’s columnist page.
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