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Rashes possibly caused by the Fitbit force are popping up all over the country.  Doctors believe the rash could be caused by a skin allergy to nickel.
    
"If you notice redness obviously immediately take it off," said Trish Hamernick, a valley resident who bought the device.
    
Hamernick recalls when she first noticed the redness, "Mine was really minimal when I took it off and its just gotten progressively worse."
    
The rash is so bad now that her wrist is red, blistered, and swollen. Trish described the rash, "uncomfortable swelling, uncomfortable itching," she said.
    
Hamernick took off her Fitbit force the day she noticed a small red dot but since then it has only gotten worse.
    
"People at work have commented on it, what's on your wrist," she said.

Trish went to the doctor and he told her this isn't the first rash he's seen that may have been caused by the Fitbit force. "He did say mine was one of the worst cases he had seen I probably won't be his last case that he saw," she said.
    
Fitbit is offering a full refund or exchange to customers who have had a reaction. The company issued the following statement to FOX10, "a limited percentage of our customers have experienced skin sensitivities when using the Fitbit force. We are conducting a thorough investigation of the product and we will provide additional information once our investigation is complete".
    
Trish decided to return her Fitbit and get a refund. She says she's never had an allergy to jewelry before. "I think that the product should be pulled at least until this gets straightened out but that's just my opinion," she said.

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