Metal Allergy?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kidtofu, May 18, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2007
    I have developed a nasty case of contact dermatitis on my hands, and I think it's triggered by a mild metal allergy to my MBP.

    Anybody have this? Anybody know where I might find some kind of a cover for the palm rests etc? I'm using an external mouse / keyboard at the moment.

    It's hard trying to track down the cause of the allergy but most of my time is spent on the laptop so...

    many thks! :confused:
  2. macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Consider that it may be the paint on the MBP as well.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2007
    Houston, TX
  4. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    上海 (Shanghai)
    You can get an InvisibleShield full body kit which will cover the entire top, 95% of the bottom, the wrist/palm rest area, the touchpad/button.
  5. macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
  6. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    上海 (Shanghai)
    I like that; might get it myself.

    As with regard to protection, I suggest InvisibleShield because it covers the whole computer.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2007
    thanks for all the replies!

    Looking into the invisible shield. :)
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2004
  9. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    上海 (Shanghai)
    InvisibleShield worked for me and my friends; they got replacements, etc. Yes you will need to pay $4 shipping, but that's it; worth every cent. I heard that the BestSkinEver is nice, but they didn't make one for the 17".
  10. macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2008
    I have seen this problem

    This has happened to my 14 year old as well. Whenever he touches my Mac laptop he reacts. He then will touch his eyes or rest his fingers on his neck and in a short amount of time where ever he touched is bright red and itchy. This never happens when he uses the IBM computer I have in the house. I have an allergy specialist looking into it.
  11. macrumors 68000


    Sep 23, 2007
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    Definitely check out Invisible Shield. They rock. A little pricier, but if you google it hard enough, you can find 50% off coupons pretty regularly. Add to that the fact that they have a lifetime warranty, and you're set.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Feb 21, 2008
    Sue apple for not disclosing that their products may contain peanuts and you are allergic to them. :eek:
  14. macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2008
    I also have metal allergy, or rather "nickel allergy" according to google. Anyways, I didn't notice anything with the MBP, but that may be because I put on the bestskinever shield the day after I got it. Are your hands wet when you're touching the MBP? I asked because for me, it seems like the reaction initiates when I come in contact with water. Anyways, I've never used invisibleshield, but I would say try bestskinever if you want to save a little bit of money. I bought one for my 15 in. MBP, and love it!
  15. macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2008
    the Macbook pro case is aluminum and has nickel in it

    I know this will bump it back up, but I also have this problem. I called apple and they said I was the first to call with this problem and weren't sure what to do. The engineer I talked to was really concerned, but did confirm that the aluminum cases have nickel in them. They are working on finding out exactly how much nickel. I don't want to use the invisible shield because my computer already runs hot, and plastic and heat don't really mix. Apple is getting back to me. I pointed out that by eliminating the plastic cases, they're eliminating metal allergy safe options, and the guy was even more concerned. I have begun to wear the sweat guards that nike makes on my wrists, and its working well so far (The six inch ones give adequate coverage). I am waiting to see what apple comes up with. Good luck to everyone with it, the allergy is more common than you think.
  16. macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Melbourne, Australia
    Tomorrow I'll be picking up my last gen MBP I just purchased. Lately I seem to be getting heavy allergies. In fact my throat began swelling and closing just minutes ago after my sister let the cat inside the house for a few minutes. But that's just the tip of the iceberg... and I hope I don't react to the nickel tomorrow.

    My sister calls me Bubble Boy.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2008
    Uh, I don't know if you wear a lot of jewelry, bubble boy, but if you have cheap jewelry or can borrow your sister's cheap jewelry (every girl usually has some somewhere...) you can find out. Cheaper jewelry has a higher nickel content. If you react to the cheaper jewelry, you react to the nickel. The more you wear the nickel, the more likely you are going to react to it. So if you react to the cheaper jewelry, over time, and especially if you use your computer a lot, you may start reacting to it.

    I'd suggest covering it asap, but I'm not sure the companies have started making the covers for the newest computers yet
  18. macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2008

    MACBOOK&CHEESE can you give me the name of the tech and number. I would like to tell him of another case. Plus my son can not use the covers because he is allergic to latex.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2008
    I have just realized I have the same nickel allergy as well. I would definitely like to report it to apple to make sure they don't eliminate allergy safe options.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2008
    I'm getting reaction as well to my just purchased Macbook Pro with the matte screen. Been a few days and I am reacting to the faint smell emanating from the keyboard. For some reason the display is also bothering my eyes but that may just be because of my allergies.
    I'm sure there will be a restocking fee from Mac connection if i try to return it.
    This sucks!
  21. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    ^^^ You could try to sell it, but anyway, what smell? I've never heard of a smell coming from them.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2008
    I have chemical sensitivity. I pick up smells that most people wouldn't even notice.
    To be fair to Apple this thing probably has less new product odors than most other electronics.
    I think I may be better off with a Mini if they make a new one as environmentally friendly as the current macbooks and macbook pros (which would have been a better choice except for the glare inducing glossy screens).

    So, I could try and return this or sell it on ebay if Apple announces a new Mini at Macworld. Of course theres also a risk that I will react to whatever monitor I buy.
    Man, sucks to be me!
  23. macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2008
    same here... i feel really stupid about this....
    bought my first macbook a week ago, im really happy about it and im loving it... but after a long typing night, this morning I woke up with my hands on a pretty bad shape, went to the hospital and they told me im allergic to nickel... in the very moment the doctor told me that, i realized the metallic surface of my brand new mac..
  24. macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location
    Perhaps try the Moshi Palmguard?
  25. macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    :eek:I had bought invisible shield to protect against scratches. However, it's a relief to hear that it's also useful for my nickel allergies.

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