A few days after†I first tried the Apple Watch†I found myself scratching my irritated wrist. I took a break from wearing it and my wrist got better.
For a while I fell into a pattern of only wearing the watch when I worked away from home. At home, Iíd leave it off. This runs counter to the idea of wearable devices, but it worked for me.
At least I thought it did. I was getting a mild rash and would find myself scratching my wrist and the area around it. But things seemed under control.
It turns out they werenít.
There was still some discomfort. I took to loosening the band in case the problem was to do with it being too tight. My skin didnít improve. In fact the problem got worse. I found the area where my thumb meets my hand was red and itchy.
At home, Johanna says she noticed swelling around my wrist, across the lower part of my hand and thumb. We compared my right and left hands. I wear the watch on the left hand, but am right-handed for most things. The left hand is clearly swollen in comparison with the right.
My instinct was to wear the Watch even less and keep an eye open for more symptoms.
Warning Will Robinson
Ten days ago I visited a medical specialist needing treatment for another medical problem. Like a lot of people he noticed my Apple Watch. I thought he was interested in the technology. He wasnít. Instead he took a closer look at my rash and told me to take the watch off.
He told me I had an allergic reaction to the material. It could be the strap ó my Watch has a black Sports Band. Or it could be the watch itself.
The medical specialist asked if my reaction had worsened over the weeks Iíve been wearing the watch. I couldnít be certain, thereís a boiling frog aspect, you donít notice a slowly worsening skin reaction creeping up on you.
After some thought, I realised it was getting worse.
He said this could be serious. It turns out some allergic skin reactions have a cumulative effect. They can go on getting worse and reach a point where it is hard to recover. In extreme cases it can lead to anaphylactic shock.
Now, this was the doctorís reaction after seeing the rash. I wasnít there for this condition and we didnít take things further. It wasnít a formal diagnosis, just some friendly, informed advice.