Dr Oz Nickel Skin Allergy
Doctor Oz did a segment on Nickel Allergies which can cause red, itchy skin irritation. 1 in 7 women suffer from Nickel Allergies, but do you know what everyday products contain nickel? Dr Oz was joined by Dr Jordana S Gilman, a Dermatologist, to talk about a Nickel Allergy and how to test for nickel in products using a Nickel Testing Kit. If you have a Nickel Allergy, I would also highly recommend reading this recap from another Dr Oz Show where he spoke about a product that you can apply to jewelry to protect yourself against nickel: Dr Oz: Nickel Guard
Dr Oz: Nickel Allergy
Dr Oz asked Dr Gilman how we can predict who has a Nickel Allergy, and she said that there is no way to predict it. The allergy can appear from nowhere and can happen to anyone at any time. It is partially about a person’s age, because you have to first be pre-disposed to having a Nickel Allergy and then you have to be exposed to enough nickel for a long enough duration. Often you will see symptoms of a Nickel Allergy though red, itchy, swollen skin or even blisters can form. A lady from Doctor Oz’s audience said that when she was little, her hands would peel from her fingertips to the palm of her hands because of the metal handle on her lunchbox, which most likely had nickel in it.
Dr Oz: Nickel Allergy From Watches
One of the items with nickel in it are watches, because nickel is inexpensive and durable so it makes watches more affordable and last longer. Dr Jordana Gilman said that she had a patient come in and complain about an allergy from her gold watch, and she wanted to know why she could wear it for years with no allergy and now all of a sudden it was causing a rash. Dr Gilman said that often a gold watch is actually a nickel watch plated in gold, and when the plating rubs off, you are exposed to nickel. The easiest solution to this problem is to replace the metal band with a leather or fabric band. But if it is something special like a wedding band, then you should probably pay for it to be re-plated.
Dr Oz: Nickel Allergy From Cell Phones
Doctor Oz said that the second item with nickel in it are cell phones. The lady from his audience said that perhaps that is why her ears get itchy and turn red! Dr Gilman said that nickel in cell phones is usually found around the menu buttons, the lcd screen or by the logo. The easy fix for Nickel Allergies caused by a cell phone is to buy a leather or plastic case for the cell phone or use a hands-free headset.
Dr Oz: Nickel Allergy From Belt Buckle
Dr Oz’s final items with nickel in it are belt buckles, buttons, snaps and zippers. Dr Gilman said that you can get a Nickel Reaction even through fabric, which is why a nickel belt buckle can be a problem even though it does not directly touch your skin. To fix this problem, switch to plastic buckles, buttons, snaps and zippers.
Dr Oz: Nickel Testing Kit
Doctor Oz asked how can a big metal toaster not have any nickel in it? Dr Gilman said that toasters are usually made of stainless steel which can contain nickel, but we don’t often touch toasters for long enough for it to make a difference. If you are worried about an item though, you can get a Nickel Spot Test Kit for $20 or less to test for nickel. You just take a q-tip and place two drops of two different solutions from the Nickel Testing Kit onto the q-tip, then wipe it onto the item for 15-20 seconds. If the cotton swab turns pink then it contains nickel.