Nickel Allergy


Nickel allergies are common allergies that cause physical reactions in many people who come into contact with it. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, nickel allergies affect up to 17% of the population worldwide. Nickel can be found in many everyday items such as jewelry, coins, eyeglasses frames, zippers, and buttons. This makes understanding and avoiding nickel exposure a challenge!

Nickel Allergy Symptoms:

  • Hives
  • Eczema
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blisters

Common Household Items That Can Cause Nickel Allergies: 

  • Jewelry made from white gold or nickel-plated metals
  • Zippers on clothing and bags
  • Coins – especially foreign coins made from nickel alloys
  • Metal eyeglass frames
  • Buttons on clothing and furniture upholstery

 When it comes to managing your allergy symptoms, the key is to identify which items may contain nickel. If you know you have an allergy to nickel, it’s important to avoid wearing or touching items that contain it. The best way to do this is by looking for signs like “nickel free” or “hypoallergenic” on products before purchasing them. Additionally, if you suspect you have a nickel allergy, consider seeing an allergist for a patch test. This will help diagnose if your symptoms are indeed caused by an allergy to nickel. An allergist can also provide helpful advice on how best to manage your symptoms and minimize your exposure to nickel-containing items.

Overall, while living with a nickel allergy can be challenging at times, there are steps that you can take to reduce your exposure and manage your symptoms. Understanding which household items may contain nickel is a key part of managing this type of allergy. With some care and caution when selecting products and materials around the home, you can live comfortably with a nickel allergy!

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