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Should a person allergic to metal (or the nickel in it) have a reaction to stainless steel ?

Metal allergy: Ideally you should be fine, unless there is nickel in it, there are kits you can buy to test jewelry for nickel content. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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What's an allergic reaction to cheap metal?

What's an allergic reaction to cheap metal?

Often to nickel: The skin can get red itchy and bumpy...Stop wearing it and if not severe(or infected) try cortisone cream(not benadryl) and avoid the jewelry..If it happens with several pieces, bring them to an allergist with a description of the reaction(and maybe picures). The testing can often be done. ...Read more

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My adult son has a rash right below his neck, between his collar bones. He recently started wearing metal jewelry. Could this be an allergic reaction?

My adult son has a rash right below his neck, between his collar bones. He recently started wearing metal jewelry. Could this be an allergic reaction?

Yes: Contact allergy to nickel is very common. Nickel is used extensively in cheap jewelry. He likely won't have a problem is he wears "pure" gold or silver. ...Read more

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How can I treat an allergic reaction?

How can I treat an allergic reaction?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Immediately stop eating the food you think is causing the problem. Take liquid or dissolving Diphenhydramine (benadryl). If your reaction is worse: cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, hives all over your body, swelling of lips and tongue, etc., then you need to use your Epinephrine autoinjector (epipen, twinject) and go to the nearest emergency room. ...Read more

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What to do about an allergic reaction?

What to do about an allergic reaction?

Call your doctor: For mild symptoms i would call your doctor. If there symptoms are severe such as trouble breathing, throat closing, feeling faint you should call 911 and go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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What to do if face allergic reaction!?

Unsure: A physician will need to know more about the trigger, nature and severity of the reaction to begin to offer advice. Some severe reactions require immediate epinephrine injection via epipen whereas others can be managed through avoidance strategies or less potent suppressive or as needed medications. Good luck! ...Read more

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Could i get the same allergic reaction?

Could i get the same allergic reaction?

Yes.: The nature of allergy is that repeat exposure results in repeat, and often more exaggerated, response. There is always the question of whether the initial reaction was true allergy or something else like irritant response or drug side effect. Another important aspect of allergy is "cross-reactivity", which occurs when similarly structured molecules (eg drugs in the same family) are recognized. ...Read more

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How to help a allergic reaction on face?

How to help a allergic reaction on face?

Rash: Avoid the offending agent, apply a moisturizer thoroughly, use non-fragrantroducts, apply topical Hydrocortisone on the affected skin, cold compreses over swolen skin. See a dermatologist of things progress. ...Read more

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How do I figure out my allergic reaction?

How do I figure out my allergic reaction?

Allergic reaction: Allergic reactions can be quite varied. A visit to the allergist can help determine what is triggering your reaction and the best way to manage it. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Allergic reactions are sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more