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How can you test to see if you are allergic to nickel?

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Your doctor can often diagnose a nickel allergy by looking at your skin and asking if you’ve touched anything metal.

A dermatologist also can give you a skin patch test. She’ll put tiny amounts of nickel and other allergens on the skin of your upper back and cover them with patches. The patches must stay on for 48 hours. If you're allergic to nickel, your skin will likely show a reaction after that amount of time. In some cases, you'll need more tests.

From: Are You Allergic to Nickel? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Nickel Allergy."

Baylor College of Medicine: "Nickel Allergies Are Itching to Come out of Hiding."

University of Alabama at Birmingham Medicine: "Allergic Contact Dermatitis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Allergic Contact Rashes."

Mayo Clinic: ''Nickel allergy.''

Indian Journal of Dermatology: "Low Nickel Diet In Dermatology." 2013, May-June.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 22, 2017

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Nickel Allergy."

Baylor College of Medicine: "Nickel Allergies Are Itching to Come out of Hiding."

University of Alabama at Birmingham Medicine: "Allergic Contact Dermatitis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Allergic Contact Rashes."

Mayo Clinic: ''Nickel allergy.''

Indian Journal of Dermatology: "Low Nickel Diet In Dermatology." 2013, May-June.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 22, 2017

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