Is your skin irritated when you come in contact with objects containing metals such as Nickel? If the answer is yes, you might be suffering from Nickel allergy. Learn in this article what are the symptoms and triggers of contact allergy to Nickel (or “Nickel allergy”)
Costume jewelry, watches, jeans buttons, leather accessories, coins, smartphones, tablets or computers… may cause redness, tingling, itching and unexpected irritation to your skin. Why? Because of a hypersensitivity to metals such as Nickel. This is something quite common: 10% of the world’s population is allergic to Nickel. Women are much more affected than men, although men are increasingly affected due to the body piercing trend and the intense use of electronic items that may trigger the allergic reactions: smartphone, computer, tablets… even though many people are not aware that they have the allergy!
So what are Nickel allergy symptoms ?
In this article, we will focus on two forms of contact allergy to Nickel and its different symptoms
1.Allergic contact dermatitis
Nickel allergy is the most common form of allergic contact dermatitis. Dermatitis is a skin disorder characterized by a local inflammatory response, generally associated with allergic responses. Someone with Nickel allergy will often have a localized response following exposure to objects containing Nickel.
What are the symptoms:
- dryer and warmer skin
- serious rash or bumps on the skin
- harsh itching
- severe redness or discolored skin
- fluid-filled blisters in severe cases leading to crusts and scales
Examples of allergic contact dermatitis:
Typical examples of such local reactions of your skin due to Nickel exposure are redness on earlobes while wearing costume earrings, or on the wrist while wearing a watch or bracelet, and on the belly for a jean with metal buttons. The rash usually lasts for a few weeks.
2. Generalized Nickel Allergy and especially Nickel food allergy:
This is much less common and it can be due for instance to:
- orthodontic braces
- tongue piercings
- foods containing high amounts of Nickel like pineapple or seafood.
Indeed, eating food with high concentrations of Nickel can also trigger an immune response and a skin irritation.
What are the symptoms:
- rash all over your body
- skin irritation
Examples of Nickel food allergy:
3. What products should you use if you are suffering from contact allergy to Nickel?
The prevalence of allergic contact dermatitis induced by metals has already given cause for recommendations from occupational physicians to use the Protective Cream HPS. Using a new, exclusive and patented technology (Capturifique), the cream captures Nickel and other common metals on the surface of the epidermis, limiting their penetration into the skin and the harmful effects.
Recommended skin care for Nickel allergy
What are the results of Skintifique products on Nickel allergy?
Below are photos of a woman suffering from dyshidrotic eczema on both hands due to a Nickel allergy. After using the Protective Cream HPS to protect her skin against contact with Nickel, the Moisturizing Lotion HP to moisturize her skin by day, and the Hydrating Gel Plus HS to repair her skin by night, a very clear improvement can be seen.