Nickel Allergy will never go away
Do you get a rash from your belt, watch, earrings or necklace?
A red, swollen rash or Watery blisters? You might have Nickel Allergy! From now on you must be very careful not to allow your body to get in contact with Nickel!
Nickel is found in a lot of metal. Buy the little kit from the pharmacy I have posted here and find out. Cuttlery, handles, coins and of course cheap jewelry has nickle in them.
What you then has to do is NEVER I repeat - NEVER - touch nickel again. The reason is that the metal never leaves your body ever. It is building up inside you!
Photo Jere Mammino, DO, AOCD
Are you allergic to nickel? This is what happened to me!
Learn about contact allergy and take the precaution you must!
When I was a teenager I always had an itch around my belly button. I did not react because I thought it was just from having tight jeans. I was slim in those days and wore my jeans on a bare tummy. When I was about 18 I made holes in my ears for ear rings. I often had a terrible itch on the ear lobe and on the neck under the ear but did still not think much about it. Sometime I had this terrible itch for days after wearing rings, watches or even on my finger tips for no reason (that is what I thought) I slowly found out that pure gold and stainless steel did not affect me but I still did not take any special action about my other stuff. I wore it and paid the price the next days. Sometime my ear lobes were giving away a watery liquid too.
Unfortunatelly for me I found out when I was over 35 about all these indications that something was very wrong. One summer my hands started to develop small blisters that burst and eventually turned into ulceration causing great pain and problems. My nails started to loosen from the fingers and were sometimes pointing out from their place. I went to the doctor -which I should have done long ago!
He told me that I had nickel allergy.(allergic contact dermatitis) That is a "contact allergy" - meaning that you have touched to much nickel. To be sure he made a test pattern on my back with other things that people often are allergic to. When he removed that pad after a few days the whole surface was one big red carpet.
Photo Jere Mammino, DO, AOCD
Get a test kit - Test items for nickel
Nickel is a common component of jewelry, tools, eyeglass frames, doorknobs, cookware, zippers, metal clothing closures (buttons, snaps), silverware, and even the euro!
What ever contains nickel - DO NOT TOUCH IT WITH YOUR BARE SKIN! You can paint things with clear enamel polish or lack.
Find out all you can about this enemy
Nickel allergy is an inappropriate reaction of the immune system to the substance nickel. It is one of the most common forms of allergic contact dermatitis (inflammation that occurs when the skin’s surface comes directly into contact with a substance that triggers an allergic reaction). The allergy usually occurs when skin comes into contact with items containing nickel (e.g., coins, jewelry). People become sensitized (made sensitive) to nickel after having a long period of contact with it. Skin piercing is particularly notorious for allowing nickel to seep into the bloodstream and sensitize an individual.
AOCD and accessories - Links that answers a lot of Nickel Allergy questions
- Nickel Allergy at AOCD
They say: If one is allergic or sensitive to nickel, the best thing to do is to discontinue, whenever possible, exposure to nickel and nickel-containing items. It appears that this is the closest thing there is to a cure.
Allergy safe accessories for men and women. The site is in many languages!
Books about contact allergy on Amazon - The more you know - the better you can protect yourself!
There are many things you can do to protect yourself. In these books you can get suggestions and warnings.
Do you have to use chop sticks for the rest of your life? - The answer is - no - there are cuttleries without nickel
Plastic is always a choice. Some nickel allergics I know have a cuttlery of plastic in their pocket or hand bag all the time :)
- Amefa Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
18/10 On many of Amefa’s products you will see a marking “18-10” either by etching or by deep stamp marking. This indicates the type of steel the product is made of known as “Chrome-Nickel”steel. The composition (content) of steel must be within the