Other tips for those suffering from nickel allergy. Here’s how to eliminate the symptoms ♦ ︎
If you suffer from nickel allergy maybe it’s not the jewelry’s fault.
Nickel, in addition to being present in many jewelry alloys together with gold, is used in a wide range of products. So, if you have signs of allergy on your hands, maybe it’s not your earrings’ fault, but of cutlery, clocks, scissors, lighters, cell phones, handles and also coins. And if you have signs on the neck it is said that the cause is the necklace, but perhaps glasses, food and pots …
The first thing to do, in short, is to check with which metals you come in contact often.
But, be careful: maybe you do not know that nickel can also be hidden in cosmetics, personal hygiene products (such as hair dyes, toothpastes, shampoos, nail polishes). In this case hunting nickel is easier. Read the label well: the presence of nickel must be declared by the manufacturer, even if you may find it written in small letters. Finished? No: who is really very allergic also risks at the table. In fact, some foods naturally contain nickel, even if in very small quantities. In any case, if your allergy does not disappear, eliminate these foods.
Here are the forbidden foods:
blueberries, oats, buckwheat, walnuts and hazelnuts, broccoli, potatoes, baking powder, apricots, cabbage, spinach, peanuts, carrots, tomatoes, oysters, figs, onions, asparagus, lentils, whole wheat flour, beans, liquorice, cooked and raw pears, mushrooms, corn, lettuce, peas, almonds, tea, lobster, margarine, cocoa and chocolate, avocado.
Fortunately, according to experts, only less than 20% of nickel allergies are caused or worsened by food. But if this is the case you have to eliminate these foods altogether for at least a month or a month and a half before you see a difference. In any case, do not worry, you do not risk starving.
Here are some foods without nickel:
radicchio, endive, fennel, aubergines, courgettes, peppers, cucumbers, beets, watermelon, melon, citrus fruits, peaches, bananas, strawberries, grapes, milk and dairy products, 00 flour, rice, meat, fish (but not mussels, clams, sea urchins and crustaceans), brewer’s yeast.
Last advices if you suffer from nickel allergy:
- When you open the tap, run the water for a few minutes to remove any traces of nickel released from the pipes.
If you are cooking a cake, use baking soda instead of baking powder to rise.
Choose pyrex pots, glass, aluminum, unglazed pottery, silargan, teflon. This type of crockery prevents the release of nickel from cutlery or other utensils you use.