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Study Finds Nearly One-Third of All Inexpensive Earrings Examined Tested Positive for Nickel
Date:5/12/2008

exposure."

Dr. Maibach added that in one accessory store, none of the 44 earrings priced between $5 and $8 were DMG positive, whereas numerous earrings priced between $15 and $25 in another accessory store were DMG positive.

"From our findings, we could not establish a 'safe-limit price' as a guide for consumers who want to avoid excessive nickel exposure when purchasing inexpensive earrings," said Dr. Maibach. "But it's safe to say that young customers purchasing earrings at a considerable price range in U.S. chain stores are potentially at risk of nickel exposure and sensitization."

Studies show that nickel sensitization increases the risk of hand eczema, but Dr. Maibach argued that avoiding nickel -- which is found almost everywhere -- can be difficult. He acknowledged that there are some patients with nickel dermatitis who refuse to give up their jewelry, even when they know it is the cause of their condition. Since the best way to avoid nickel sensitization and subsequent dermatitis is to prevent nickel exposure, Dr. Maibach suggested the following tips:
-- Look for jewelry and clothing labeled "nickel-free" or "hypoallergenic"

-- Wear only stainless steel, platinum or gold jewelry if you know you are

allergic to nickel

-- Discontinue wearing jewelry that causes any noticeable skin irritation,

such as redness or itching

-- Use 1% hydrocortisone cream or ointment, which can be purchased

over-the-counter, to treat nickel-induced dermatitis

-- See your dermatologist if symptoms worsen or do not improve within

three to five days of not wearing jewelry

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 15,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgi
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