Nickel allergy, which is one of the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis, affects about 10 to 12 percent of the female population and 6 percent of the male population. The rash, redness, swelling of skin, dry patches, and sometimes blisters that characterize nickel allergy are caused by nickel contacting skin and reacting with perspiration, allowing nickel ions to penetrate skin in susceptible people. Left untreated, the affected skin can become dark, leathery, and cracked. The reaction is most often caused by contact with jewelry that contains nickel. For mild symptoms, over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream and antihistamine pills may help. To treat more severe symptoms, the dermatologist may prescribe a topical steroid cream or oral steroid or antihistamine pills.

There are many causes of allergic dermatitis. The rashes that accompany this condition can itch, ooze, and crust. Some rashes appear immediately and others develop over a period of time. Whenever you are concerned about the appearance of your skin, call 630-832-2111 to schedule an appointment at ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY. Wewill examine your skin condition. Sometimes patch testing may need to be performed to isolate the allergen that is causing your particular skin reaction. Medicine, skin care, and lifestyle changes may prevent future outbreaks. New patients are welcome at our office located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.


Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. Once nickel allergy develops, it usually lasts a lifetime.