By The Allergy Center, PA
April 22, 2021
Tags: Nickel Allergy
There are many reasons why someone may develop a rash. Everything from stress to allergies can be to blame. If you are dealing with a localized and itchy rash, it could be the result of contact dermatitis. If you wear jewelry this could be a sign of a nickel allergy.
What are the signs of a nickel allergy?
Symptoms of a nickel allergy can appear anywhere within a few hours to a couple of days after exposure, and symptoms can last several weeks. Most people only develop a localized rash in the area where the skin has made contact with the metal; however, the rash can spread to other areas.
Signs of a nickel allergy include,
- A localized rash with or without bumps
- Intense itching
- Dry patches
- In more severe cases, you may develop fluid-filled blisters on the skin
Nickel is often found in jewelry, batteries, cellphones, zippers, coins, and even your eyeglasses, so it’s important to talk with your allergist about ways to avoid nickel exposure when you have an allergy.
If you’ve not been diagnosed with a nickel allergy it’s a good idea to see an allergist first before you simply start treating the rash. After all, there are many reasons you could be dealing with contact dermatitis and it’s important to find out what’s causing your rash, so you know how to properly treat it.
How can I ease my allergic rash?
If you’re dealing with a bout of contact dermatitis thanks to your nickel allergy there are ways to soothe the itching, redness, and discomfort of the rash. Some ways to ease your dermatitis are with calamine lotions, gentle moisturizers, cold compresses, and steroid creams (for more serious rashes).
You may take an over-the-counter oral antihistamine to reduce itching, particularly if the itching is severe. If the rash is severe or continues to spread, your allergist may prescribe a stronger medication such as an oral steroid.
If you are dealing with recurring skin rashes or other signs of an allergy, you must turn to an allergist for a proper diagnosis and evaluation. By knowing what you’re allergic to you can better avoid it and limit reactions.