I copied and pasted the following medical report that came
across my desk. In view of the recent thread re:Nickel jewelry, I
thought this might be of interest.
"Nickel is the leading cause of contact allergy in America," he
added. The rise of nickel allergies in America has coincided with
the popularity of body piercing. Redness, itching, swelling and
crusting may mimic infections, but are probably an indication to
avoid nickel products, said Cohen. Home test kits to determine if
nickel is present in a metal are available.
Those at increased risk for nickel allergy had childhood eczema,
have hayfever or asthma. “It lasts for life. Once you’ve become
allergic to nickel, you’re never going to get rid of it,” said
Cohen. “Surgical-grade stainless steel and titanium probably
represent safer materials,” he said. “When piercing any part of
the body, always use caution and utilize only safe and sterile
equipment. At the first sign of infection or allergy, consult