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Doctor insights on: What Can I Put On My Belt Buckles And Buttons Because Of A Nickel Metal Allergy

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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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Can you get a lip piercing if you have a metal allergy?

Can you get a lip piercing if you have a metal allergy?

Yes: Get pierced with a needle made with something other than the metal to which you are allergic, and always wear a ring/stud that you can tolerate. The most common metal allergy i see is nickel, and there are many other options available. Now if you are allergic to surgical stainless steel you might have a bit more difficulty finding something you can use. ...Read more

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Is someone with a metal allergy a candidate for getting tattoos?

Is someone with a metal allergy a candidate for getting tattoos?

That depends...: I have seen some patients developing swelling of the along with hives after a tattoo. If you are allergic to nickel and the instrument for application is of nickel, it is possible to get an allergy to tattoos. Check to see about the type of tools the technicians use. ...Read more

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Is it possible to sensitive yourself to metal allergy using your prosthetic limb?

Is it possible to sensitive yourself to metal allergy using your prosthetic limb?

Nickel allergy: Contact dermatitis to metals that contain nickel or cobalt can develop at any time. Any item that contacts your skin directly and contains nickel can 'sensitize" your immune system to nickel and the result is rash at the site where your skin contacts nickel in the future. ...Read more

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Why might it be that my metal allergy only affects certain parts of me?

Yes: It is usually worse where skin is thinner such as earlobes and around the neck but can occur wherever the metal has contact with the skin. Rings, watchbands, earrings, necklaces and snaps are often culprits. Carry change in a pants pocket can also result in a rash. The culprit is usually nickel. ...Read more

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Can a metal allergy test be used in determining what type of earrings or jewelry one can wear?

Can a metal allergy test be used in determining what type of earrings or jewelry one can wear?

Yes: You can get a patch test by an allergist that can determine if you're allergic to different things. The most common is a nickel allergy. It can easily be diagnosed by just your history and skin reaction to the offending agent. ...Read more

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Metal allergy rash on arm becimes full body rash. Red &flesh colored bumps extremly ichy even w/ hydro 1% cream only ice/ boiling h2o helps. Ideas?!

Metal allergy rash on arm becimes full body rash. Red &flesh colored bumps extremly ichy even w/ hydro 1% cream only ice/ boiling h2o helps. Ideas?!

See your doctor: If this is truly an extension of a contact reaction to a metal, creams aren't going to help - you need an oral steroid such as prednisone. Be sure to avoid all contact with that type of metal in the future. ...Read more

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Does metal ceramic crowns cause allergy? because I have allergy to all metal and nickel bracelets and earrings

Does metal ceramic crowns cause allergy? because I have allergy to all metal and nickel bracelets and earrings

Yes, some do.: Yes, if a base metal is used under the crown, there may be nickel in the metal. There are others types of crown options that do not contain nickel however, such as all porcelain and Porcelain fused to gold. Make sure you inform your Dentist of the allergy, and they should make sure to recommend the correct type of crown for you. ...Read more

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I was recently told that my surgeon put in a stainless steel plate in my arm & not titanium. I have an allergy to Nickel. Will this cause me problems?

I was recently told that my surgeon put in a stainless steel plate in my arm & not titanium. I have an allergy to Nickel. Will this cause me problems?

Ni Allergy: Unless the allergy is severe, the Ni leaching out of a plate should be insignificant. Since there is rarely enough friction to aggravate any elution when placed on a long bone or a flat one your are probably safe. Swelling and redness around the area would prove me wrong. ...Read more