Fitbit Acknowledges Latest Devices Are Causing Rashes, Advises To “Give Your Wrist A Rest”

Posted: 02/12/2015 in personal

TechCrunch

Fitbits are still causing rashes. Some owners of the Surge are reporting that, like the Force and Charge before it, the new smartwatch activity tracker is causing a rash. Fitbit’s solution? Take the thing off occasionally.

Fitbit tells TechCrunch that a very limited percentage of users reported skin irritation, and the reactions are not uncommon with jewelry or wearable devices that stay in contact with the skin for extended periods. After consulting dermatologists, Fitbit’s advice is this: Keep it clean, keep it dry and give your wrist a rest.

This is hardly the first time a Fitbit device has caused a rash. The firm released the Fitbit Force, its first wrist-worn activity tracker with a screen, in late 2013 but had to recall the product in early 2014 after numerous reports of skin rashes. A class-action lawsuit followed weeks later.

At the time, Fitbit stated that the rashes were caused…

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