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From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Colorado Springs Dermatologist Dr. Reagan Anderson

Video Transcript

So here’s another daily do from your local dermatologist!

So nickel is in almost everything. It’s in almost all jewelry. It’s in all sorts of clothes like the belt buckles and the actual buttons and it’s everywhere, and there’s a certain percentage of people who are allergic to nickel and when you’re allergic to nickel, it looks like it’s red right around the area where the metal contacted you and so if you get a little spot right here, right where your belt buckle hits, right on your lower abdomen, chances are you’re allergic to nickel. If you get a reaction right around the earrings that you put in, chances are you’re allergic to nickel. If you get a rash right where your necklace hangs, thats red and irritating and itchy, chances are you’re allergic to nickel. Now you should probably talk to a local dermatologist to make sure that is the case, because we have patch tests that we can put on and tell you what you’re allergic to and then you know what to avoid, and patch tests are fairly easy. You usually come in on a Monday. We put a bunch of stickers on your back. You come in on a Wednesday and we take the stickers off and read what you’re allergic to, then we usually have you come in on a Friday and we do the final reading and then we give you a printout of everything that you’re allergic to and then you just need to avoid it. Now a lot of you are saying, okay Reagan, if it’s in everything, if nickel’s in everything then does that mean I can’t wear jewelry anymore or I can’t ever wear belt buckles anymore, and the answer is not really. Sometimes you can actually paint a clear nail polish lacquer on the part of the jewelry or the belt buckle that comes in contact with your skin and that’ll create a barrier between you and the nickel. Other times you can just simply buy nickel free jewelry, and if you talk to your local jeweler about it, they often have a whole selection of things that you can use. Oftentimes if you have a pair of pants that you love but it’s got that little metal button that’s on it, you can just sew on a piece of cloth right behind it so that your skin is coming in contact with cloth instead of the nickel. There’s lots of tricks you can do. So, please talk to your local dermatologist to one, make sure that we have the right diagnosis and two, we oftentimes have great tips for how to avoid nickel without severely affecting your lifestyle.

Because Dermatologists treat more than just skin cancer!

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