Allergic contact dermatitis is the most common form of metal allergy symptoms. Nickel and copper are the most popular metal allergies among people who are sensitive to these metals. Most of the jewelry below 18 carats contains nickel as its element. These people are unable to wear jewelry in their ears, belly buttons, neck and other parts on their body as they are sensitive to these metals.
Symptoms Of Metal Allergy
Common metal allergy symptoms include
- Burning Pain around the swelling.
- Small eruptions at the site of contact.
- Redness and swelling at the site of contact.
- Dark discolored skin.
Metal Allergy Testing
Metal allergy testing is performed with blood test and skin patch test. The blood test is a laboratory procedure, and in patch test the allergist applies small quantity of suspected metals directly on the skin surface of the back with a hypoallergenic tape. The concentration of these metals is very low to cause any irritation. After 48 hours the tape is removed and the result is observed. The test is positive if red swelling will occur for that particular metal.
Home Remedies For Allergic Reaction To Metals
- Burning pain and swelling: apply aloe vera gel on the affected site.
- Lemon juice has great anti allergic properties. Especially it aids in skin allergies caused due to metals. You can add honey to lemon juice and mix it in water. Drink it daily, early in the morning. It helps to improve your immune system and helps to wash the accumulated toxins from the body.
- Intense itching due to eczema can be alleviated with bathing the area prepared from concoction of yellow dock root, burdock root, golden seal root. These herbs are known to have powerful anti itching properties.
Metal Allergy Treatment
- Stop wearing the item of particular metal you are allergic to.
- Stop using it in any form for a longer period.
- Clean the allergic area with soap water and pat it dry.
- Apply cold compress to relieve itching, swelling and pain. It is the best home remedy for metal allergy treatment.
- Do not scratch as there is a risk of secondary infection.
- Your physician may prescribe anti histamines and ointments to alleviate dryness and itching.