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Nickel allergy is a strange reaction to contact, ingestion or inhalation of this substance. Nickel allergy is classified within metal allergies and is the most common in this type of allergies.
Nickel allergy cases are becoming more and more frequent, also among children, although it should be noted that it is a more frequent allergy in women than in men.
Nickel allergy causes inflammation of lymphatic cells and causes rashes, rashes, pimples, or blisters in the area where there has been contact with the metal (rings, earrings, bracelets, watches, coins, belt buckles, etc ...), something that is very annoying in children, since they do not tolerate the itching produced. Although at times it seems to have disappeared, it is a chronic allergy, but with phases of greater or lesser tolerance.
The allergic reaction does not appear immediately, exposure to nickel is required for a variable timedepending on the degree of allergy, and the rash takes 24 to 48 hours after exposure.
But nickel is not only present in metallic products, it is also found in food, that our son, if he is allergic, should avoid, like chocolate, tea, whole wheat bread, mussels, prawns, spinach, green and white beans, leeks, lentils, lettuce, peas, and even the very healthy soybeans.
There are many cases that occur every day, in the last ten years, the number of people, especially children, allergic to nickel has grown from 17% to 25%.
Once the inflammation occurs, it will be treated with corticosteroids applied to the area. You can also use a cream rich in aloe vera. Before giving the child the cream to relieve itching caused by nickel allergy, it is advisable to wash the area very well with some hypoallergenic or antibacterial soap. If the symptoms get worse, the doctor will prescribe an antihistamine.
The best option to prevent nickel allergy, however, is not having contact with metals, since nickel is present in most of the alloys present in electronic devices, costume jewelery, coins, keys, clasps or underwear closures. Therefore, care must be taken when choosing clothes or toys for children, and in case of a reaction, go to the allergist for allergy tests.
Finally, and if you have decided to put orthodontics on your child and they are allergic to nickel, it should be something to discuss with the dentist since it is a very present material in this type of appliance, although lately alternative materials are being incorporated with ceramics, the stainless steel or titanium.
Diego Fernandez. Editor of our site
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