Nickel Allergy

by Amelia Lockwood

Etiology

  • body thinks the metal is harmful
  • immune system remains sensitive
  • unknown, suspected to be genetic
  • commonly from jewelry
  • Clothing fasteners
  • coins
  • cellphones
  • some foods

Symptoms

  • appear 6-24 hours after exposure
  • Rash or bumps on the skin
  • Itching
  • Redness or changes in skin color
  • Dry patches
  • Blisters
  • Leathery and cracked skin after prolonged exposure

Treatments

  • creams to reduce irritation
  • soothing lotions
  • moisturize regularly
  • avoid contact with nickel

Life Imapct / Prognosis

  • not life threatening
  • find substitutes for nickel
  • go to a reputable piercing studio
  • cannot be treated

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