Lea Dow: June 2009 Archives

Link found between nickel from diet and hand eczema.

For many people nickel allergy means they have a difficult time wearing jewelry that contains nickel.  A rash would appear where their skin touches the metal unless they used Nickel Guard barrier.

Studies have found that certain foods which are high in nickel can cause problems for nickel allergic individuals.  The nickel ingested from the diet can contribute to systemic contact dermatitis (an all over body rash) and especially aggravate hand eczema (hand dermatitis). 

Everyone ingests nickel on a daily basis. Nickel is everywhere.  The amount of nickel ingested varies and depends on whether the food is grown in nickel-rich soil, whether the food is fresh or canned, the cooking utensils used and the amount of nickel in the water that is consumed.

Before giving up chocolate, contact a dermatologist or allergist specializing in contact dermatitis to see if a low nickel diet is recommended. 

Individuals who have severe nickel allergy and have hand eczema (hand dermatitis) may do well to reduce the following foods known to be high in nickel:

  • Almonds
  • Asparagus
  • Baking powder
  • Brown lentils
  • Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Canned foods
  • Chocolate
  • Corn
  • Food cooked with or in nickel-containing utensils
  • Hazelnuts
  • Herring
  • Licorice
  • Margarine
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Oysters
  • Peanuts
  • Pears
  • Peas
  • Raisins
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Tea
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Whole meal flour

Nickel is also found in medications, vitamins and herbal remedies.  Further discussions to follow.

Cookware can tested for nickel to determine nickel content.


Dr. Dennis Gross tests a cell phone with Nickel Alert.

Dennis Gross, MD renowned New York dermatologist speaks with Harry Smith from CBS's The Early Show about cell phone rash caused by nickel in phones.  Dr. Gross demonstrates how to test for nickel using Nickel Alert.

Nickel Alert is a ready to use dimethylglyoxime (dmg) spot test for nickel.  Nickel Alert is pre-mixed and pre-measured for both accuracy and convenience.  Nickel Alert quickly, easily and safely tests jewelry and other metal items like watches, jean snaps and cell phones to determine if nickel is present.

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