Lea Dow: April 2011 Archives
If you have an allergy to metals like nickel allergy, you might be at a loss as to which metal is safe to use for personal accessories. NoNickel can help with finding the correct nickel free belt, buckle, watch, ring etc. But what metal is safe for hip replacements and endovascular stents?
Titanium has long been thought of by physicians as a "safe" metal. According to Fisher's Contact Dermatitis Book, "Documented allergy to titanium is exceedingly rare, so if tests to other metals are positive titanium is as safe an alternative as possible."
There are at least 50 grades of titanium. Titanium is often alloyed with iron, aluminum, vanadium, molybdenum, nickel, among other elements, to produce strong lightweight alloys for aerospace, military, industrial, automotive, and medical industries.
Nickel Smart™ Titanium products are not alloyed with nickel!
Bio Medical Devices
What should you do?
- Be pro-active! Tell all your health care providers that you have or suspect a nickel or metal allergy.
- Dermatologists or allergists specialized in patch testing can diagnosis what specific metal(s) you are allergic to.
- Alternatives are available for most devices including the nickel-titanium alloys.
- When a procedure is required, verify that the metal(s) you are allergic to are not in the device being implanted especially if an alloy is being used.
- Remember a reaction is extremely rare, but be proactive.
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