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Metal allergies: symptoms

Metal allergies and allergic reactions in their presence are becoming more common in the population. It seems that hypersensitivity to metals is caused by the immune system, which starts seeing metal ions as outside threats. Symptoms of metal allergy usually occur within 24 hours of exposure to the metal. An allergic reaction is usually seen in the area of the skin that has come into contact with the metal. However, it can manifest itself on other body parts too. Allergies often occur around a piece of jewelery (bracelet, earrings, necklace, watch . . .) or when coming in contact with...

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Metal allergies: solutions

The best way to put an end to this type of allergy is to stop wearing jewelery or other items that cause you to experience apparent and/or painful reactions. Some people may believe that if they keep wearing the piece of jewelery, the skin will eventually “get used to it.” On the contrary, if it keeps coming back, the irritation may become more virulent, and cause more pain than the first time it appeared. If you keep wearing jewelery that causes reactions, you keep hurting your skin, and it will take it longer to re-adapt to jewelery that may be...

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Nickel allergies

Metallic allergies most commonly occur as contact dermatitis (skin irritation that may resemble eczema). This reaction occurs when the skin reacts strongly to certain elements. The most common symptoms are localized redness, irritation, inflammation, and pain. If it is exposed to the allergen metal for too long, the skin may become darker, thicken, and/or split in some places. Widely used in the making of jewelery, buttons, zippers, and kitchenware, nickel seems to be the metal that causes the most problems, as it is the most widely used. However, there are also allergies to chromium, silver, and even gold, especially when...

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The difference between hypoallergenic and anti-allergy

The Larousse Dictionary defines the term hypoallergenic as follows: “A substance that causes few allergic reactions.” We are therefore talking about substances that reduce the risk of allergies or that cause few allergies. It does not mean materials that are completely anti-allergy. The thing is, allergies vary widely from one person to another. It would therefore be too hard to identify a product as being anti-allergy. And since the term hypoallergenic or hypoallergen is not regulated, you can rest assured that unfortunately, it will be used anyway. Therefore, if you reacted to some products in the past, it is better...

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Stainless steel is better, but . . .

A lot of stainless steel jewelery is identified as being hypoallergenic. And indeed, many people have solved their allergy problems caused by jewelery thanks to this metal. For other people, though, stainless steel does not solve the allergy problem, and they also end up with reactions when they wear this kind of jewelery. The culprit is probably the nickel that is present in stainless steel. Many people believe that stainless steel is nickel-free, but most stainless steel alloys (even surgical stainless steel) contain 8 to 12 percent nickel. On the other hand, stainless steel retains nickel molecules better, and that...

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