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Nickel Sensitivity

Postby ROB D » Mon Sep 24, 2001 1:13 pm

I USED TO SUFFER FROM RED ITCHY PATCHES ALL OVER MY BODY BUT ESPECIALLY ON MY HANDS AND CHEEKS, THESE PATCHES BECAME VERY VERY DRY AND ITCHY.

I WAS PRESCRIBED AN OINTMENT WHICH GOT RID OF THE PATCHES ALMOST STRAIGHT AWAY, BUT THEY ALWAYS CAME BACK ONCE I'D STOPPED USING THE OINTMENT.

I BECAME VERY PARANOID ABOUT THE PATCHES AND AS A RESULT MY SOCIAL LIFE BECAME NON EXISTENT, TO MY AMAZEMENT WHILST I WAS SPENDING MY TIME IN DOORS MY CONDITION DISAPPEARED COMPLETELY, I LATER REALIZED THROUGH EXPERIMENTING THAT I WAS ALLERGIC TO THE CLEANING AGENT PUBS USE TO CLEAN THERE DRAUGHT PIPES WITH I NOW STICK TO DRINKING MY BEER FROM THE BOTTLE AND MY SKIN IS FINE. TRY IT!
ROB D
 

Re: Nickel Sensitivity

Postby Christine » Thu Oct 04, 2001 1:29 am

Has anyone else out there been diagnosed with having a sensitivity to nickel and other metals? Just wondering if you had managed to clear up or control your eczema through avoidance of metals. Also, have you found any good sources for nickel-free jewelry or other ways to wear regular jewelry? Someone mentioned that you could paint clear nail polish over earring posts, but that sounds a little suspicious to me... Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
Christine
 

Re: Nickel Sensitivity

Postby Carla » Wed Oct 10, 2001 8:34 am

I have a nickel sensitivity (amongst many other things) and always have 'holes' in my back where my bra clips irritate my skin. You can buy plastic covers for earring posts in jewellers but then you still have the stud touching your ear which, yes you can paint with clear nail varnish but patch test a little bit somewhere first as you may be sensitive to that.I just don't wear jewellery unless it's gold now I wear a plastic or silver watch and try to avoid nickel where poss but it's very hard as it's in money, keys, paper clips, metal pens and I found my glasses were made of it (Specsavers will tell you which are Nickel free if you ask). I was told to keep off tinned foods as they can contain a high concentrate of nickel and aluminium. It is very hard to know what to do with this one, I think you just have to try your best to avoid it.
Carla
 

Re: Nickel Sensitivity

Postby Elaine » Sun Feb 03, 2002 5:29 pm

The worst source of nickel allergy for me is the bottons on trousers, which make my tummy blister.

Yes, really the only thing you can do is paint over the nickel with clear nail varnish or put a plaster on the skin which would be touched by the nickel.

I found that my medic alert bracelet (of all things!) was making me itchy cos although it says it is stainless steel I was told that it most likely had some nickel in too. All I can do is buy another bracelet which is backed with materian instead.

Watch out for watches - the metal area that touches the skin can cause problems
Elaine
 

Re: Nickel Sensitivity

Postby Anonymous » Thu Oct 31, 2002 12:45 am

i have a nickel allergy and when i tell this to people and particular to doctors they look at me like i'm crazy or i was making it up so for those of you who are allergic to nickel your not alone
Anonymous
 

Re: Nickel Sensitivity

Postby Madam Flaky » Sat Nov 02, 2002 8:27 am

I thought being allergic to nickel was quite a common thing. Those doctors who don't know this should be checked for brains. I am allergic to nickel and have reactions to certain jewellery and money. Maybe this is why I never have any?!
Madam Flaky
 

Re: Nickel Sensitivity

Postby davinder » Tue Nov 05, 2002 12:03 pm

Good to have you back, Madam Flakey.
davinder
 

Re: Nickel Sensitivity

Postby Peachy » Tue Nov 05, 2002 2:49 pm

Madame Flaky, where you been girl? Hope all's ok.
Peachy
 

Re: Nickel Sensitivity

Postby lorio » Wed May 12, 2004 7:28 pm

HI,
I'm begining to supect a severe nickel allergy as well, since i am reacting to a very pure maek up from a company that only uses arrowroot powder and iron oxides in their products. i have researched and found that iron oxides contain nickel. This allergy makes sense, as my earrings always bother me, and my trouser buttons.. I'd like to find some eye cosmetics that do not provoke and allergic dermatitis reaction. Does anyone have suggestions?
thanks, loriann
lorio
 

Re: Nickel Sensitivity

Postby Graham » Tue Sep 28, 2004 4:58 pm

I have had a noticeable allergy to nickel for 3 years, which was only properly diagnosed today. Here are the locations and causes of my eczema:
- Right hand (3rd, 4th, and 5th fingers): Due to handling nickels, quarters, and car/house keys on a regular basis. The car keys when tested showed a HIGH concentration of nickel.
- Right thigh (usually in the summer): Due to sweat allowing nickel from keys and coins to get through my pocket to the skin on my thigh.
- Under right eye: Due to nickel in my glasses frames.

My doctor was never able to diagnose this - it required a visit to Ottawa's top contact allergy specialist... The solutions involve less contact with items containing nickel, getting aluminum car/house keys, getting titanium glasses frames, as well as eczema maintenance with hydrocortizone in mild cases or Dermovate in stronger cases.
Graham
 

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