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How is a nickel allergy treated?

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Once a nickel allergy develops, it often lasts your whole life. But there are ways to ease your symptoms.

The most important thing you can do is avoid contact with objects that can cause a reaction. For mild symptoms, a hydrocortisone cream and antihistamine pills you can buy at the drugstore may help.

For more severe symptoms, you doctor may prescribe a steroid cream or a drug that works on your immune system. If your symptoms are very severe, your treatment may also include steroids that you take by mouth and antihistamine pills.

If your skin is cracked or blistered, you should take off any metal jewelry right away and see your doctor for treatment to avoid getting an infection.

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 Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2019

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 Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2019

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