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Nickel Allergy


 An allergy to metal, includingNickel Allergy nickel allergy, starts when the body identifies metal salts as a threat activating the immune system's response. Perspiration or any moisture causes these metal ions or salts to be easily transferred from metal accessories such as belt buckles or jewelry. 

Other Metal Allergies

While nickel allergy accounts for the majority of allergies to metal, other offending metals may include 

  • cobalt
  • copper 
  • chromium
  • zinc
  • stainless steel
  • sterling silver
  • gold -10k, 14k, 18k, 24k and white 

Nickel Allergy Symptoms

Symptoms of nickel or metal allergy typically include a significant rash with intense itching. Hives, blisters, or burn-like patches on the skin may also be a reaction to nickel and other metals. Some physicians are seeing a relationship between metal allergy and systemic symptoms such as joint or muscle pain and fatigue.  

How do you know which metal you are allergic to?

Testing by a dermatologist or allergist specializing in allergic contact dermatitis to metals will determine which metals may be problematic, so they may be avoided. Avoidance is the only cure for metal allergy.  

Our Carbon Fiber Belts are an excellent choice for anyone with an allergy to metal; these belts are 100% metal free.