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What are 7 ways to avoid nickel?

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7 Ways to Avoid Nickel

1. If you have your ears or other body parts pierced or tattooed, have it done with sterile, surgical-grade, stainless steel instruments. It's a good idea to avoid piercing guns, since they might contain nickel and can cause bacterial infections.

2. Make sure your jewelry is made of surgical-grade stainless steel or either 14-, 18- or 24-karat yellow gold. White gold may contain nickel. Other nickel-free metals include pure sterling silver, copper, platinum, and titanium. Polycarbonate plastic is okay. If you must wear earrings that have nickel, add plastic covers made for earring studs.

3. Buy eyeglass frames made of titanium or plastic.

4. Choose clothes, including bras and other under-things, with buttons, snaps, rivets, or fasteners that are made of plastic or are plastic-coated or painted metal. If your clothes have nickel items, switch to plastic or plastic coated.

5. Wear watchbands made of leather, cloth, or plastic.

6. If a good piece of jewelry you wear daily -- such as a wedding ring -- causes a reaction, ask a jeweler about having it plated in a less-allergic metal, such as platinum.

7. If you're extremely sensitive to nickel, you may also need to avoid nickel-rich foods such as mixed nuts and chocolate.

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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