Sensitivity to the metal nickel is most frequently seen from wearing jewelry and metal objects on clothing (zippers, snaps, etc.).
Individuals that have piercings are 10x more likely to develop contact dermatitis to nickel than non-pierced people
Minimize contact with nickel. Jewelry and other metals can be easily tested with a chemical test, which can be bought over the counter. The kit is called dimethylglyoxime test and can be ordered through your pharmacy.
Always check product labels and use only ingredient labeled products that do not list this chemical or its synonyms.
Jewelry that can be worn includes 18-carat gold, stainless steel, and platinum.
It may take 2 to 3 weeks of avoiding exposure before improvement of your eruption begins.
Other names you may see this chemical listed as:
Possible Occupational Exposure:
Metal Plating machine operators
Nickel Sulfate Hexahydrate
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Where is it found?
What is it?
Hints on avoiding:
Working solutions of metal cutting fluids
Keys and key chains
Machining oils to cool metals (grinding/cutting)
Nickel-plating for alloys
This information is provided as educational only and is
not intended to substitute for medical care or recommendations by a physician.