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Tattoo Nickel Allergy
Depends: Many people have tattoos using different types of ink and different types of metal needles. Your history of eczema should not make you want to draw attention to your skin or rashes and a tattoo would certainly do that. I would avoid causing more stress to your skin and getting more rashes. ...Read more
Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more
It depends: "stainless steel" is a carbon based metal. However, most "stainless steel" - even so called "surgical stainless" will contain other metals in trace amounts. If people are allergic to nickel or chromium, if their stainless steel has enough of those metals in it, they might have a reaction. ...Read more
How to get tested for tattoo ink allergies?
Common allergy for people with rhinitis, dermatografism, urticaria?
See an allergist : For evaluation, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more
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
Yes: One can develop contact dermatitis to the metal(s) used in the piece( ring, etc); the most common one is nickel. If one uses a topical antibacterial cream after the piercing is done to prevent infection( such as neosporin), the cream itself can cause an allergic dermatitis in some individuals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm allergic to nickel as found in jewelry. Can I wear chrome plated jewelry without itching or breaking out?
Chrome over nickel: Purely "chromed" jewelry should be fine, but some are actually chromium-plated over nickel(making it more durable), thus once the chromium is worn-off exposing nickel you can still have trouble. Typically the reaction is slow and so if you start to have any trouble with the chromed/nickeled product, stop using asap and you should be fine. Topical steroid helps the rash. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Unrelated: There is a common misunderstanding that one can be allergic to iodine yet this is incompatible with life -our thyroid hormone production depends on it. You are allergic to the muscle protein in shellfish and not to the iodine. The contrast dye reaction is from the molecular structure of the dye which releases histamine. You are not at higher risk for a dye reaction because of a shellfish allergy ...Read more
Allergy testing: Only physicians trained in the specialty of allergy, asthma ; immunology are trained in a monitored situation during residency to perform skin testing for ige-mediated allergy. Some ENT programs are adding this to their training. If you were skin tested by a non-specialist, consult a specialist, if you were skin tested by an allergist, it is likely that you are unusally allergic. ...Read more
Never allergic to jewelry, developing rash under wedding band set (rough, red, itchy), white gold, no rash anywhere else when wearing gold?
Wedding ring rash: Wedding ring rash is a fairly common condition. It can occur at any time, sometimes even years, after beginning to wear a ring. It can be due to an allergy to the nickel component in the metal, or to irritation resulting from extended periods of moisture, or contact with soaps or other chemicals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Given your history you could be suffering from irritant or allergic contact dermatitis. Contact allergens may be found at home or in the workplace and may include metals, glues, plastics, rubber, fragrances, topical antibiotics, preservatives, and chemicals used in hair-care and cosmetic products. Suggest avoidance of pen ink on skin if possible. See Allergist for further workup. ...Read more
Neosporin: Neosporin is a very common allergen, as is Bacitracin (both are very commonly used). Interestingly, neither is better than vaseline at preventing infection, but both are usually better at treating one. So, if you have a scratch, simple use of vaseline (or equivalent) is best to prevent an infection, and save the antibiotics for a proven infection. Stop using neosporin if it causes a rash for u. ...Read more
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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