Blackberry versus iPhone: The Health Winner Is….

Since they hit the market, users have debated ad infinitum the relative merits of owning a Blackberry or an iPhone.  Now the health community is weighing in. And in the case of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, they’ve declared a clear winner for your health. Drum roll please, it’s the iPhone that gets the doctors’ organization’s thumbs up for being relatively free of allergens in its materials.

Specifically, the ACAAI cited Blackberries as potentially dangerous for the presence of nickel, a known allergen than can cause rashes and flaky patches along the cheek, chin and ears when it is pressed against the face.

“Approximately one-third of all Blackberries contain nickel, but neither cobalt nor nickel was detected in iPhones or Droids,” allergist Dr. Tania Mucci, lead study author said in an ACAAI press release.

The organization noted that Blackberry users with known allergies should limit long conversations; use their phones for texts and emails  and reduce time spent handling their phones if they notice symptoms. The ACAAI also suggests using plastic phone cases and ear pieces for further protection.

The findings were reported at the ACAAI’s 2012 annual meeting.