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
|SOURCE American Academy of Dermatology|
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