HELP! I'M ALLERGIC TO NICKLE!
NOTE: This post discusses skincare and health information and is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute or replacement for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
A few months back I started noticing something funny on my stomach near my belly button. There were small itchy, red bumps that wouldn’t go away, but oddly they did not spread to other places on my body. I started freaking out and worrying about what kind of rash I had contracted. However, I’m definitely one of those people who lives in denial for a little while before actually dealing with it. I tend to wait until it’s absolutely necessary to go to the doctor rather than going at the first signs of something weird. Finally, I gave in and scheduled an appointment with a dermatologist.
Once in the exam room, I began describing my symptoms to the dermatologist and showed him the rash. After taking a look he asked me, “Are you allergic to costume jewelry?” In my head I was wondering, “what does this have to do with anything?” I responded that was in fact allergic to costume jewelry. As soon as I confirmed my allergy, he explained that most jeans have buttons that are made with nickel which is also often found in costume jewelry. Not only is it often found in costume jewelry and buttons, but also it’s one of the most common allergies. After explaining everything, I seriously felt like “Whoa…mind blown!” Since I wear jeans pretty much every day (minus in the summer), I finally understood why my rash was never going away. Also it finally made sense why it never spread because it was simply irritation from the button.
Thankfully, he gave me a few suggestions for how to deal with the rash as well as a medication to help with itchiness.
Suggestion #1: Wear an undershirt or tank top tucked into your jeans to prevent contact between your skin and the nickel button.
Suggestion #2: Put clear nail polish on the back of the nickel button, which is a really simple process to do at home. Here are the steps if you want to give it a try!
- Get a bottle of clear nail polish
- Spread a coat of clear nail polish on the backside of the button
- Let dry for 3-5 minutes
- Reapply to button as necessary
Does anyone else have this problem? Comment below! I’d love to hear your strategies for dealing with this.
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