Is it possible to be allergic to gold? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Read how to find out if you have a gold allergy and what to do ♦ ︎
Is it possible to be allergic to gold? The answer is yes. Being allergic to gold, however, is very rare, because the yellow metal is generally considered hypoallergenic, unless it is alloyed with other metals, such as nickel.
Read also: How to avoid nickel allergies
This happens when the gold is not 24 carats, that is 99% pure. Since most jewelry is 18 carats or less, this means that the gold used for the jewelry has been melted together with nickel, or copper or other metals. In addition to making the gold less expensive, because less pure, the alloy with other metals makes the metal for jewelry more robust and gives a different color. Gold in nature is yellow, while jewelers often use white or pink gold.
Allergy, go away please
Therefore, there is also the rare possibility of being allergic to gold, as Dr. Thomas Liji explained in Medical Life Science. Gold is a noble metal, very balanced from a chemical point of view, and for this it is generally neutral, therefore considered non-allergenic. Yet some cases of contact dermatitis due to gold have been identified. To find out if it is the gold that causes skin allergy, an examination using 0.5% sodium thiosulfate in vaseline is used. It is a system that is also used to identify an eventual allergy for those who use gold fillings for the teeth. Among other things, sodium thiosulfate is also used for the gold mining process in mines, as an alternative to cyanide.
But what can cause the noblest of metals? Contact dermatitis, contact stomatitis, eczema and, in the case of gold teeth, oral lichen planus (a mucocutaneous disease). Those affected can find themselves with an itchy rash at different points in the body, such as hands, ears or neck, but also around the eyes or on the eyelids. Medical studies have established that those suffering from this rare allergy are often sensitive to nickel.
How to do?
Unfortunately, the only way to follow, it seems, is to avoid any contact with gold. After all, there are always excellent design jewels made of other metals, even with steel … Courage. Rudy Serra