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Why does a nickel allergy cause skin rashes?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

A nickel allergy is a sensitivity to nickel, a metal commonly found in jewelry. The allergy is one of the most common causes of contact dermatitis. Nickel is often found in jewelry and equipment used for body piercings. If you have a nickel allergy, ask the piercer to use only nickel-free jewelry. Also ask them not to use a piercing gun, which can also contain nickel.

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