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Initial post: 2 Aug 2011 12:37:30 BDT
John Hanton says:
I am so damned jinxed...

Anyway, I bought the leather cover for my Kindle 3 on day 1 when the K3 became available. I loved the red notebook look of it.

Then a few months back I started getting blisters on my fingers but only on the side of the first two fingers on the side facing the thumb off each hand. Doc said it was probably psoriasis and gave me steroid cream to stop the mad itching.

Steroids helped a bit but it wasn't going away... then I noticed that the blisters were happening EXACTLY in the position where I was holding my Kindle. So I removed the cover and am just using the Kindle on its own. Now the skin is healing and the really annoying itching has stopped.

Has anyone else found they are allergic to their Kindle cover or am I just unlucky? I don't know if it's the leather or the red dye (I think it's probably the dye). At least I've figured it out now, thank god!

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 12:41:51 BDT
volone says:
No, no allergies here. But I use my cover folded back on itself so have very little contact with the dyed bit. Would it be worth having a Blue Peter attach and covering the part you hold with sticky backed plastic?

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 12:45:08 BDT
@John H: At the risk of being a jerk - this sounds like the kind of thing Amazon would really appreciate knowing directly and swiftly!

It may well be that it's just your particular body chemistry, but it may be a bad batch of chemicals or cows or, or, or ... Please contact Amazon CS as soon as possible just to alert them to your personal experience. You never know what good things can come from a single act of kindness :) Regards, CW.

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 12:49:51 BDT
John Hanton says:
I'm thinking of getting a plastic cover... not a fake leather one as those get sweaty but a hard case instead. You wouldn't believe how bad it got at one point... Had to run my hands under cold water just to get to sleep... all because I like reading hehe.

I do tend to rub the case though as it keeps my hands from cramping up. I might have just been rubbing the dye into my skin though. It looks like I have callouses now... from reading of all things hehe.

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 13:19:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Aug 2011 13:20:44 BDT
Mews says:
Something like this might work out better for you Eco-Nique Natural Hemp Brown Case Cover for 6-inch Amazon Kindle 3/Global Wireless - Black. I really like this cover and had I not eventually bought the amazon lighted cover, this is the one I would have gone for instead.

Edit...ooops maybe not, just had another look at it and realised it has leather in the inside....sorry :(

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 13:25:59 BDT
Daphne says:
sorry I had to snigger at "bad batch of cows"
sorry about your allergy, it's weird the things that can set off allergies.

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 14:40:59 BDT
Suze says:
John, have a look at M-Edge covers. They are cloth and very lightweight, but still protect the Kindle really well. I have the shocking pink one with an orange band (paid £30 for it as well).

M-Edge GO! Amazon kindle 3 Trip Jacket - Fuchsia/Orange

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 14:59:12 BDT
Well, I have a cheap - but effective - uPVC cover while I save up for an Oberon case. These are so beautiful they may even cure blindness...

(@Combat Wombat, Daphne I know what you mean - my favourite vellum maker is always complaining about bad batches of cows and sheep...Actually deer leather is often considered best but do look out for brain tanned leathers which, as their name suggests are made by a labor-intensive process often using animal brains. They are known for their exceptional softness and their ability to be washed. What people don't know is that, oddly enough, each animal has just enough brains to tan its own hide. Brain tanning produces a beautiful buckskin).

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 15:41:25 BDT
John Hanton says:
Oh god... Plastic is the way to go then... Don't want to wake up one day and find my Brain Tanned Buckskin Cover reading my Kindle while I was sleeping.

What's the betting that's where Skynet began heh.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2011 15:51:29 BDT
Now that's interesting John, because I have the same red cover and have an allergic rash on the part of my thumb that comes into the most contact with the cover. What springs to mind is those leather sofas that were the subject of legal cases when people came out in horrendous rashes. I love my cover, so I think a piece of micropore tape on my thumb may do the trick.

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 15:57:47 BDT
Probably the dye. Some of those dyes can actually be washed off-- you could try lightly washing the cover with saddlesoap (don't overwet). That might help if the cover was finished with something that is bothering your hands. If that seems to work/help, you can then use a leather oil to oil the case a bit, but saddlesoap is not bad for leather.

I've had allergies similar to yours--to a dish soap! Lord, it can be painful and until you figure out what causes it, it's awful.

Of course a new case is probably the best bet--one that is not leather or not dyed!

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 16:01:13 BDT
Stavy says:
John and Janet, I think that if you bought your covers from Amazon, and let them know about your problems, they will probably be happy to refund or offer you one of the alternative types of cover/case available. As others have said, you should let them know anyway, as heaven forbid someone else has an even worse reaction than you did.

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 17:02:19 BDT
It's probably the dye as everyone is saying and I agree with Stavy that you should let them know. I think it's likely that you'll get a refund and they will be armed with the info. You might find that others have reported the problem too.

Allergies are becoming more widespread these days. I'm allergic to so many things that I can hardly keep track!

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 17:39:22 BDT
Thanks Stavy and Daisyduck, I'll give the micropore a whirl first. I will let Amazon know, but I shan't ask for a replacement or a refund because it was sold in good faith, and my allergy problems are not their fault.

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 17:43:46 BDT
spiritfox says:
I have to be careful with what I use on my hands like Plastics, rubber, and all types of chemicals as i develop small blisters and a will scratch for hours, but i dont have a problem with the Eco-Nique Natural Hemp Brown Case Cover for 6-inch Amazon Kindle 3/Global Wireless - Black I dont get all itchy and blistery with this.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2011 18:17:28 BDT
Princess says:
I'm not sure if you are saying you have psoriasis or an allergic reaction. If it is psoriasis, this skin condition isn't caused by an allergic reaction so I doubt that the case would be the cause.

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 18:22:47 BDT
I think he's saying that the doc told him it was psoriasis, but the psoriasis medication didn't help and then he realised that the cover was causing it.

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 18:23:02 BDT
Mark S says:
If it something that you are allergic to then yes, it is just a personal reaction and unfortunately an issue you need to be aware of (patch test at doctors etc to see what it is) HOWEVER, if it is a restricted substance then it would be regarded as a faulty product and Amazon should deal with it. There is a legal obligation for retailers to investigate safety related complaints so that if it is a genuine fault they can act to prevent it happening to others.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2011 18:24:18 BDT
Princess says:
Oh, I see Daisyduck! The penny drops!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2011 19:50:28 BDT
John Hanton says:
Janet Steward said: "Thanks Stavy and Daisyduck, I'll give the micropore a whirl first. I will let Amazon know, but I shan't ask for a replacement or a refund because it was sold in good faith, and my allergy problems are not their fault. "

Agree 100%. I just wondered if others had developed a reaction and was wondering whether it was the leather or the dye is all. That said I think I will ring CS tomorrow just to report that it could be a problem like others have said. Heaven forbid if one caused breathing problems or something due to allergy attacks.

I was just pleased that I found out the cause so the damned itching would stop. Got so bad at one point I was scratching the skin right off in my sleep. As I am disabled and stuck in bed a lot it means I read a lot to alleviate boredom... that is probably why it affected me more than other people. I just felt silly that I hadn't clicked that the contact points were hinting that the Kindle Burgundy cover was to blame.

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Much appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2011 19:54:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Aug 2011 19:59:21 BDT
Princess says:
@ John - what a nuisance for you. Just a thought, have you tried folding back the case so your fingers woudn't actually be touching the leather but the soft inside of the cover? I now use my Kindle like this after someone said it didn't damage the cover.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2011 20:28:34 BDT
John Hanton says:
@ Princess - Problem is I would still have to touch the cover to pick it up and even if I fold it back the cover leather is exposed at the edges. I'm healing now so I'd rather not risk more blisters.

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 20:29:56 BDT
I'd consider selling your cover on Ebay if it's still in pretty good condition. You'd at least get some of your money back and someone else will get a discounted cover.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2011 20:30:36 BDT
Princess says:
@ John - I never thought of that. Amazon CS are excellent as everyone will tell you - they may offer to change for a different colour which may solve your problem. Good luck with whatever you do.

Posted on 2 Aug 2011 21:37:59 BDT
Cate1976 says:
I'd contact CS to let them know, it could be that you're allergic to the red dye or leather but it could also be a bad batch. If it's the latter, there could be others suffering but they haven't yet worked out it's the cover.
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