Posted on Apr 19, 2022
Nickel allergy is the most common causes of contact allergic dermatitis. The allergic reaction makes the affected areas itchy and blistered (acute dermatitis) or dry, thickened and pigmented (chronic dermatitis). Rarely nickel allergy can cause respiratory problems like asthma and nasal inflammation.
The exact cause of nickel allergy is unknown. Doctors believe that it is the adverse immune response that occurs when someone is allergic to nickel comes in contact with it. In people with nickel allergy, the immune system mistakes nickel as a dangerous foreign body and secrete chemicals to ward off the threat, triggering an allergic reaction. It may take recurrent or extended exposure to nickel to develop the allergy. However once the body becomes allergic to nickel, the immune system will always be sensitive to it. According to studies, women are more likely to develop nickel allergy than men. Nickel allergy can also affect areas that are not in contact with the metal.
The most common sites for nickel allergy are – the earlobes (from earrings), the wrists (from watch straps) and the lower abdomen (from jeans studs).
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