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Rhapsody
12-16-2006, 12:08 PM
I was just wondering if there might be someone here in the forums that has had to deal with this allergy..... with in jewelry, food, clothing and household/work items.

I am almost 40 years old and while I have never had an allergy of this type - I have just recently become allergic to Nickel and Nickel Sulphate which is often found in jewelry and most common daily foods, especially in green food and citrus fruit.

Any HELP would be greatly Appreciated!!

... for I am tired of all the daily coughing, nasal & chest congestion, spitting up of thick phlegm... not to mention the body rash from where the metal touches my body.

I cannot wear my wedding band any more - :(




californiaDana
12-16-2006, 06:53 PM
I have a nickel allergy every sincince my first daughter was born. Now I wear gold, but it has never benn an issue with food.

Dana

Rhapsody
12-16-2006, 11:13 PM
I have a nickel allergy every since my first daughter was born. Now I wear gold, but it has never been an issue with food.

Dana

I too wear GOLD jewelry, but that is exactly what is causing my skin to break out and not to be able to wear my 14k Wedding Band any more (after 20 yrs of marriage), reason being is that most GOLD that is 14k or less is often mixed with Nickel to make the metal stronger and last longer.

Now what............... I guess my body has just become very sensitive to Nickel over time, therefore, I am having problems with food and other items that contain Nickel in them. :(

Should Foods Containing Nickel Be Avoided?
There is disagreement within the medical community as to whether a nickel-sensitive person should avoid dietary nickel. A nickel-restricted diet may be prescribed for highly nickel sensitive people for a few months to see if there is any improvement in symptoms.
In this instance, the foods to avoid include acid foods cooked in stainless steel utensils, baking powder, beans, buckwheat, canned fruits, canned vegetables, cocoa & chocolate, dried fruit, figs, green beans, kale, leeks, legumes, lentils, lettuce, licorice, linseed, millet, nuts, oats, onions, oysters, peas, pineapple, prunes, raspberries, salmon, shellfish, soy powder, spinach, rhubarb, sprouts, sunflower seeds, tea, tomatoes, wheat bran products, and multigrain breads.


Treatment for Nickel Allergy
There is no way to desensitize a person with nickel allergy with shots, pills, or any other method. Avoiding use of nickel containing products is the key in treatment. Often times a rash can be stopped by applying a cortisone cream or lotion, but it can and will return with exposure.


What is a lady to do........ HELP!! - anyone?


Rhapsody -

Cherie
12-18-2006, 08:27 AM
I started years ago breaking out under my wedding ring. The doc said it was the nickle that is used to harden the godl and suggested I paint several layers of clear nailpolish in the inside of the band and let it dry thoroughly between coats. That has worked for years to keep the rash at bay.

Never knew it affected foods as well. Can you imagine having to paint every leaf of spinach with clear nail polish, letting it dry and then eating it?:icon_wink:

Boopers
12-18-2006, 11:05 AM
I have always been allergic to any metal that is not gold. When I was 18, I got my ears pierced for the first time and after they healed, I bought these great pair of earrings but they weren't gold. I didn't know then, that I was allergic. I ended up getting metal poisoning that ran down both sides of my neck!! Talk about painful!! So, everyone knows that if they buy me jewelry of any kind, it has to be gold. Needless to say, I don't get much jewelry!! :D
So far, I haven't been allergic to any food!


Linda

mrsD
12-18-2006, 11:31 AM
It is not understood well, as an allergen. If you are not getting mouth sores,
I would not think it is having an effect.

If you want to try an experiment, you can take Zantac or Pepcid over the
counter for a week, or two and see if they have a positive effect.
H2 antagonists, are often used in food allergy reactions. (Prilosec will NOT
work--it is not an H2 antagonist).

Rhapsody
12-20-2006, 12:34 PM
It is not understood well, as an allergen. If you are not getting mouth sores, I would not think it is having an effect.


YES, mouth sores can be a sign that you are having an allergic reaction to Nickel, but there are other symptoms (which I have).......
Skin reactions such as itching, burning, redness or other rashes are common symptoms with Nickel sensitivity, and asthma attacks are another, but less frequently seen in people.

I personally tend to get the over all body rash that comes and goes when I come into contact with Nickel, in food and items.... plus I suffer more from sinus problems when to much Nickel gets into my body, via vitamins and food.

SIGH!!! What can I say, but that I have become extremely sensitive to Nickel this past year.... one of those rare few people that fall into the 2-5 % range that will develop Nickel Allergies. :(

Thanks for the advice with the suggested experiment - I have done something similar to that and it helped some, but not enough. :(

Lara
12-20-2006, 02:58 PM
Hi Rhapsody, I'm sorry to read of your problems with the allergy.
I'm curious as to whether you've ever had any type of orthopedic surgery or implants of any kind? I'm only asking because there are a few articles in PubMed regarding the onset of generalized dermatitis after certain orthopedic procedures using products containing nickel.

Lara
12-20-2006, 03:08 PM
Wow, I was just doing some more reading. Nickel is in so many things. I had no clue! This must be an awful allergy to have, Rhapsody.

mrsd, is the Zantac or similar something that will affect the PH of the skin. That's what I was thinking about. I've had a few of problems over the years with discoloration from jewellery (obvious to me now that it's probably the nickel) and I only noticed that when it was extra hot weather and I was perspiring. I've never had the dermatitis though. I was just putting two and two together here and wondered if it's the PH of the skin that would make that discoloration... like leech out some of the nickel and if so, would that be worth checking into for Rhapsody?

http://allergies.about.com/cs/nickel/a/aa011000a.htm

Besides jewelry, nickel may be found in belts, clothing hooks, eyeglasses, hairpins, metal buttons, watches, and zippers.

Also consider cigarette lighters, cupboard handles, doorknobs, handbag catches, keys, key rings, kitchen utensils, lipstick holders, needles, paper clips, pins, pens, pocket knives, powder compacts, razors, scissors, silverware, thimbles, toaster, tools, and vacuum cleaners as potential sources of nickel.

Does It Contain Nickel?
There are kits available to test items for nickel content. The kit consists of two small bottles of clear fluid; one contains dimethylglyoxime and the other ammonium hydroxide. When mixed together in the presence of nickel, a pink color results. Ask your doctor or pharmacist where you can purchase one of these kits.

Rhapsody
12-20-2006, 10:51 PM
Hi Rhapsody, I'm sorry to read of your problems with the allergy.



NO.... I have never had any surgery that involved implants or metal devices and YES.... I have the Nickel Kit for items, but that does not help much with food that I eat. I did however realize this week that the Vitamin that I take has 5mg of Nickel added to it, therefore, I am changing to Centrum (reg formula for adults) for it does not add Nickel to its vitamin.... other formulas of Centrum do however, so one with a Nickel allergy must read the label to find out.

I have already been to my doctor and a dermatologist and they both have confirmed that it is indeed the Nickel that I am allergic to, they have a Nickel Testing Patch.

Still lost and hoping that someone else may come along that has this problem as well and maybe they can HELP me out a little.... for eating a Nickel FREE diet is near to impossible. :eek: :confused: :eek:

Brandy3
12-28-2006, 02:08 AM
Hi Rhapsody,

I have the very allergies that you do and probably a lot more. I am also on an impossible diet. I am allergic to nickle, cobalt and chromide(?)--I would have to go back and look on my papers to get the correct label for the chromide allergy. I am allergic to other grains and have food sensitivities to meat, dairy and gluten. I should really live on air and water. The only food that has given me comfort is sweet potatoes, eggs, and bananas. I suffer from constant indigestion, bloating, gas, chronic sinus problems, coughing, asthma, ezyma, migrains, etc. When I can be really good on this diet, I feel great--like a new person. However, keeping on this tremendously strict diet is so challenging.

I have been eating quinoa, but don't really like the taste. I wished I did because living on this unreal diet gets real boring and cooking for my family has been extremely challenging. I used to be a very good cook, now I don't even want to look at the kitchen. Eating out, forget it. Eating at friends homes, well, I bring my eggs and sweet potato otherwise I will be sick for days. Also, I love outdoor sports, but eating sports bars are out of the question. I wish I could help you out, but I'm feeling stuck my self. However, I would very much like to keep in touch in order to exchange information about the food allergy and if you get any break throughs.

Rhapsody
12-28-2006, 02:25 AM
Hi Rhapsody,

I have the very allergies that you do and probably a lot more. I am also on an impossible diet.

I suffer from constant indigestion, bloating, gas, chronic sinus problems, coughing, asthma, ezyma, migrains, etc.

Eating out, forget it.

I would very much like to keep in touch in order to exchange information about the food allergy and if you get any break throughs.


Thanks for the reply and for letting ME know that someone else out there understands what I am going thru.... from personal experience, for I too suffer from headaches (migraines), couching, head & neck pain and sinus problems.

I too have become sick of FOOD for it often leaves ME SICK (for days) and I can hardly eat out, for when I do I am usually hit with nausea and body swelling & rash.... drained of all enegry. Yuck - Phooie Spit Spit :icon_mad: :Sigh:

Please do keep in touch and maybe together we can find some relief.... right now the only thing that I have found is Centrum Vitamins that are without Nickel in them if you buy the regular type for adults.

Plus I am trying to fight not wanting to eat out of FEAR of being SICK but once again.... :Sigh:

StacyWms
01-24-2007, 02:19 PM
Rhapsody,

Boy am I glad to find you. What a familiar tale! I am also a 40 year old woman who is allergic to nickel. It doesn't seem to be "contact dermatitis" for me (meaning, I don't have rashes on my skin from jewelry - although I don't think I wear any jewelry with nickel in it - though my wedding ring is 14k gold, so maybe I do).

My problem is that my lips hurt/burn 24/7. It's taken me over a year to identify nickel (in my diet) as the culprit. I'm at day 10 of trying out a nickel-free diet in order to confirm that it's the nickel making my lips hurt. The problem is that, when researching which foods contain nickel online, the lists don't agree. They all agree as to the worst offenders, but then there are some foods on the "ok" list on some sites (corn, beer/wine, lettuce) but the same foods are on the "avoid" list on other sites. Some have trace amounts, and for fruits/vegetables, I think it depends on the soil they're grown in.

The lists all agree that the only foods that are pretty much 100% nickel-free are meat and dairy (including eggs). So 10 days ago, I started eating nothing but meat and dairy (and drinking nothing but distilled water, since tap water has traces of nickel in it). Pretty severe, yes, and don't worry - I don't plan to do it more than 2 weeks.

Results so far (besides losing 7 pounds in 9 days, which was really quite cool after the holidays, albeit alarming at the same time) - my lips feel better than they have since this burning sensation hit in Sept. 05. I'm disappointed, though, that they don't yet feel 100% normal. My plan was to wait until they felt normal and then add back the "low nickel content" foods one by one so I can find out which of them bother me the most/least. I may have to move forward with that even though my lips aren't 100% because I don't know how much longer I can do this severe diet. It can't be good for me.

Today I realized that the couple of days I've worn lipstick during this test, my lips have felt slightly worse, so lipstick may have to go as well. I'm trying to keep really good notes on everything I do.

Rhapsody, I'd love to continue to compare notes so we can learn from each other. I keep searching the web thinking surely someone has already done all this hard work for us!

Curious
01-24-2007, 02:32 PM
hi stacey and welcome to neurotalk.

i'm short on time...but thought you might want to check the lipstick case. if it has nickel..your lipstick can absorb it or you might get the nickel from just touching it.

aol just had some articles on toxins in makeup.

edited to add: here is a link i found with some good info. i hope it helps. http://dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/nickel-allergy.html

Rhapsody
01-26-2007, 01:50 AM
While I am not happy (at all) that I can no longer wear the wedding set I have worn for 20 long years.... I can report that I just purchased a new wedding set made from Platinum (as suggested by doctor) and so far all is good.

Who would of thought that a Nickel Allergy would have been the solution to a bigger and better Diamond, not to mention the two-sided diamond band my NEW engagement ring can slide into - :Dancing-Chilli: :Dancing-Chilli: :Dancing-Chilli: :Dancing-Chilli:



HAPPY!! :trampoline: HAPPY!! :trampoline: HAPPY!!

LoVe,
Rhapsody -

Rhapsody
01-26-2007, 01:58 AM
Rhapsody,

Boy am I glad to find you. What a familiar tale! I am also a 40 year old woman who is allergic to nickel. It doesn't seem to be "contact dermatitis" for me (meaning, I don't have rashes on my skin from jewelry - although I don't think I wear any jewelry with nickel in it - though my wedding ring is 14k gold, so maybe I do).

My problem is that my lips hurt/burn 24/7. It's taken me over a year to identify nickel (in my diet) as the culprit.

Today I realized that the couple of days I've worn lipstick during this test, my lips have felt slightly worse, so lipstick may have to go as well. I'm trying to keep really good notes on everything I do.

Rhapsody, I'd love to continue to compare notes so we can learn from each other. I keep searching the web thinking surely someone has already done all this hard work for us!


YES, by all means please keep in touch and together we can learn and teach each other as we are educated on this allergy of Nickel.

As far as the make-up thing goes might I suggest that you look into the new line created by Laura Hutton - while I rarely wear make-up any more I do use her line of products on special occasions.

LINK: http://www.laurenhutton.com/index.html


Good Luck.....

Your NEW Friend,
Rhapsody - :hug:

Maggi86
02-01-2007, 10:52 PM
I have an allergy to nickel. I am 20 years old and within the last year, my nickel allergy has gone from bad to worse. It started out with having rashes after wearing cheap jewelery and has now spread into body rashes from food containing nickel. I also have a hiatal hernia, constant heartburn, migraines, coughing, and sinus congestion. I have been on Zantac for about 6 months to help w/the hernia and heartburn. I have also been on a preventative headache med. I have my wedding coming up soon and am embarrassed by all of my rashes. I have tried the nearly impossible to follow, nickel-free diet. The rashes take forever to go away, even with the use of aloe vera. I am so grateful to hear of the suggestions that have been made. I will try all of them and hopefully by the wedding, my rashes will be gone!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Maggi86

mrsD
02-02-2007, 10:12 AM
Have you seen a dermatologist?

Did you get a systemic nickel allergy diagnosis?

I ask because some chronic skin conditions can be due to diet..and
food intolerances.

Gluten is the most common one:
here are two websites to read:

http://www.healthscout.com/ency/68/646/main.html

and
http://www.csaceliacs.org/dh_symptoms.php

With your GI issues, it would be a good idea to consider Gluten intolerance.
We have a board here that can help you with that.

Good luck!

qwerts346
04-07-2007, 12:07 AM
I also am very allergic to nickel. When I first got my wedding ring my finger blistered. I was proposed to on Friday and by Sunday my finger was so blistered that I could not put my ring on. Luckily my jewelers had dealt with this before. They plated the inside of the ring with rhodium so my skin doesn't actually touch the white gold.
New rings made from White gold typically come already plated with rhodium. My ring was my grandmothers that she had made in 1975, so apparently this was not a common practice back then. You should be able to have your jeweler plate your ring for about $50-$100. My jeweler said that you should probably have your ring replated about every 10 years or so because it will wear off.
So luckily you can still wear your wedding ring!

nannyrus@bellsouth.
10-08-2007, 01:44 PM
Does anyone know of a brand of razors (especially for women) that do not contain nickel?

Tiffany
10-31-2007, 07:19 PM
I to have am allergic to nickel. I think it may be causing dishydrotic eczema. I have severe blistering on the palms of my hands and the soles of my feet. The outbreaks seem to be sporadic and I can't find a common link. I am wondering if it is my diet. Does anyone else have this condition along with the nickel allergy. It is very painful.

patio
12-03-2007, 01:20 AM
Well, I have had contact dermatis caused by nickel in jewelry most, if not all of my life.
About ten years ago I developed eczema and it became very severe-over most of my body, extremely uncomfortable, with bad patches that oozed and became infected. I was on triamcinalone and clobetazole cremes (sp?). I started noticing that it was much worse after eating certain foods, like chocolate and citrus fruits. My dermatologist told me that some studies had shown that some people who reacted to nickel contacting their skin with dermatitis also reacted to foods high in nickel.
I found out which foods were high in nickel and many of them I instanty recognized as problem foods for me. I went on a diet low in nickel and my eczema improved dramatically. If I consume any of those foods it comes right back. Just a tiny bit of chocolate does it.
My dad had the same type of dyshidrosis as you, huge blister on the soles of his feet and palms. He never figured out what caused it. But you might try eliminating nickel in your diet. It's very hard to do but really helps me.
Also, I researched and found that excess nickel in the body binds (chelates)to something in cilantro so I make a paste with cilantro, garlic and olive oil and eat that to help my body get rid of excess nickel. It seems to help. Good luck!

janedough
01-10-2008, 12:21 PM
Hi,
I'm a 44 year old female with major allergies, asthma, fibromyalgia and polycycstic ovary syndrome. I just found out last summer that I had a nickle allergy when I asked why I was breaking out around my wire frame glasses. I got titanium frames this time and it has made a huge difference.

Over Christmas, I have been having a major anaphylactic reaction, swollen tongue and throat, trouble breathing, hives, heart palpitations etc. My allergist felt it was due to the metformin I take for the PCOS and took me off of it. On one trip to my allergist, I picked up a freebie publication on allergies. They had an article on nickle allergies. In the article, it said that if you have a nickle allergy, you shouldn't cook in stainless steel or eat canned goods. It said that the nickle from the cans and pans leaches into the food, particularly with high acid foods. Given the "bucket theory" of allergies (your immune system is like a leaky bucket, as long as you don't add allergens faster than the bucket leaks, you don't react. If you add too many allergens too fast, the bucket overflows and you react), I decided to act on the tip. I got rid of all my canned goods and bought some aluminum pots and pans. (I did some research first, the whole aluminum cookware/alzheimer's connection seems to be pretty well debunked, there is something like 15 times more aluminum in one antacid tablet than you get from cooking a meal in aluminum cookware and diabetes is looking to be the biggest risk for getting alzheimers. Besides, the restaurant industry never stopped using aluminum, so if you eat in restaurants, you're getting it anyway).

Anyway, the result is that my anaphylaxis is steadily retreating. Interestingly, my fibromyalgia seems to be retreating with it. I take a muscle relaxer for it, and I can take anywhere from 4 - 8 milligrams a night depending on my level of pain. Over Christmas, I was taking 8 milligrams and still having pain. The last two nights I've only taken 2 milligrams and had little or no pain. I have never taken that little muscle relaxer before. I've also stopped having trouble swallowing and stopped having symptoms of what I thought were hemorrhoids but now appear to have been internal hives. I'm starting to think that this nickle allergy has been going on for a long time at a lot more serious level than I realized. Has anyone else out there encountered any of this?

Katriona
01-31-2008, 08:12 AM
I've been suffering from food allergies for many many years. I've not been able to find any pattern to them until now. I've just figured in the last couple of days that all the foods I react to have a moderate to high nickel content. I've often thought I was going crazy.
Two years ago I had severe swelling of the tongue where I was close to stopping breathing and had to be rushed to hospital. The reaction started after eating prawns. I had had a few mouth ulcers and blood blisters with prawns, but not each time so I was caught unawares. The nickel content of those prawns must have been very high.
I develop hives and severe itching as well as rashes when I consume all the usual nickel suspects (chocolate, nuts, green leafy veg, potatoes, wholemeal grains, lettuce, some fruits, peas, lentils, onions, garlic. Oh my the list is endless it seems).
I stay better when I eat meat, poultry and dairy produce. Not so clever on the fibre that. I've read that sweet corn (maize in the US? (I'm writing from the UK)) is OK for nickel so have started to eat that. Thank you for the tip re cilantro. I will try that too.
For the anaphlaxis I now carry epipens (ie adrenaline for self injection) should my tongue swell again.
About a year ago I started getting lower back pain which no-one can figure at all. They reckon it may be psychosomatic. It's like fibromyalgia, I think. I find sitting for any length of time quite unbearable. It has had a devastating impact on my life but somehow I've figured a way of coping.
This last year I had been trying to eat more foods. As I had no idea about nickel I was trying bread, potatoes, chocolate, peas, lentils. Oh my! Anway I got severe pain in my fingers which my doctor could not understand. I mentioned allergies and he laughed. I felt a bit silly. I gave up some of the foods that made me itch a lot, but kept trying others. Then my lower back went.
And the gut bloating (had this for ages too) got worse and life seemed quite hellish.
Recently my right arm started to hurt, and the taste of food seems very odd. My heart rate is sky high (85-100) and my blood pressure is 130/100 ish.
I've stopped all that trying different foods and have reverted back to my old old rather tedious diet, but I'll add the corn and see what happens.

Sorry such a long post, but it's great to have found this forum.

Rebecca123
02-17-2008, 09:59 AM
It is a relief to find this page. For the last 20 years, I have had dyshidrotic Eczema. However, I only read today that it may be due to nickel allergies. I have a swollen tongue quite often, where it feels difficult to annunciate clearly. I get the rash on my hands. I stopped taking vitamins when I ran out, and bought a new brand only to find that I broke out in a rash. I've been trying to rule out specific vitamins I may be allergic to.

I have had rashes all over my arms for years. Never TOO severe, but annoying. Long sleeves in summer and all that. Anyway, yesterday in a fit of PMS, I ate nearly an entire box of chocolate (Valentine's Day gift). Now, I eat chocolate all the time, but in small quantities, spread out throughout the week. I never saw a correlation with chocolate and rashes. But today, when I woke up to hands covered in blisters, I started wondering.

I will try Centrum (regular adult formula) as recommended. I will also eat a lot of cilantro (I had no idea it helps leech nickel out of the body). I do not wear any jewelry, but will be sure my boyfriend buys me platinum:) I will also look into buying new pans, or cooking in my teflon lined ones.

So, a couple questions:
1) How can I find out if a vitamin has nickel added? Will it be on the label?
2) Do lotions and makeup have nickel in them? I know I cannot use most "natural" oils. No almond, shea butter, coco butter, olive oil, etc. But I also seem to be extremely sensitive to most fragrances. Is this an entirely separate issue?
3) Other than cilantro, are there supplements that can help remove nickel from foods?
4) Where is a list of the foods with the highest nickel concentrations?

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

buffettchick
03-19-2008, 12:48 PM
It is a relief to find this page. For the last 20 years, I have had dyshidrotic Eczema. However, I only read today that it may be due to nickel allergies. I have a swollen tongue quite often, where it feels difficult to annunciate clearly. I get the rash on my hands. I stopped taking vitamins when I ran out, and bought a new brand only to find that I broke out in a rash. I've been trying to rule out specific vitamins I may be allergic to.

I have had rashes all over my arms for years. Never TOO severe, but annoying. Long sleeves in summer and all that. Anyway, yesterday in a fit of PMS, I ate nearly an entire box of chocolate (Valentine's Day gift). Now, I eat chocolate all the time, but in small quantities, spread out throughout the week. I never saw a correlation with chocolate and rashes. But today, when I woke up to hands covered in blisters, I started wondering.

I will try Centrum (regular adult formula) as recommended. I will also eat a lot of cilantro (I had no idea it helps leech nickel out of the body). I do not wear any jewelry, but will be sure my boyfriend buys me platinum:) I will also look into buying new pans, or cooking in my teflon lined ones.

So, a couple questions:
1) How can I find out if a vitamin has nickel added? Will it be on the label?
2) Do lotions and makeup have nickel in them? I know I cannot use most "natural" oils. No almond, shea butter, coco butter, olive oil, etc. But I also seem to be extremely sensitive to most fragrances. Is this an entirely separate issue?
3) Other than cilantro, are there supplements that can help remove nickel from foods?
4) Where is a list of the foods with the highest nickel concentrations?

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I would definitely see a dermatologist. Ask them to do a patch test. I had it done and I was diagnosed with mutiple contact allergies-nickle, cobalt, cinnamon, blue-9 (used in any clothing that is blue, purple, grey or black) and fragrance. The fragrance one is really big. I have had to change a lot of things. Deoderant, soap, lotions, detergents, makeup and hair products. The hair products have been the hardest to change because there are only a few brands that make a fragrance free shampoo and conditioner. Nobody makes hair spray. Also, just because the label says it is fragrance free doesn't necessarily mean that it doesn't have fragrance. There are a bunch of chemicals that are actually a fragrance additive. Benzyl Alcohol is the one I have seen the most in the labels that is a fragrance additive. My first time shopping after finding out I spent 2 hours just in the beauty department reading labels. Target sells a brand called Method. The Go Naked "flavor" is great! There is no dyes or fragrances in it. It has hand soap, dish soap, surface cleaner and surface wipes. I don't have any problems now when I wash dishes!!!

I do have the nickle diet too. I haven't been following yet. But basically, no leafy vegatables (i.e lettuce), beans, nuts, canned fruits and veggies, wheat products.

Victorya
03-24-2008, 10:30 PM
I developed an allergy to the nickel in a dental bridge that I had had in my mouth for almost 10 years.

The bridge had come loose ever so slightly (enough to cause errosion of the nickel???) and manifested in "migraine-like" (but not migraine) headaches.

They disappeared when the bridge was removed and replaced with a bridge made of non-nickel material.

VRDAMEN-UK
03-25-2008, 08:26 PM
Hi All,

Just joined this site as a nickel sufferer for 13 yrs I redcently got worse the past three years, I have had every ailment under the sun you name it I have seriously suffered that much that it put me in hospital for two weks in March 2007 because I hd poisend my body with nickel.
I took up the acoustic guitar three years ago ws fine for six months the a mate of mine told me to use nickel strings for a better sound - as I was 39 at the time I was diagnosed with nickel allergy at 27 so it will be more around 15 yrs now but I never thought about it as it never seemed to affect me that much so forgot all about it. I did suffer some allergies to cetain foods like acidity / vinegar etc but that was all but it was since I use nickel strings for 2.5 yrs that things got from bad to serious life threatening.
I have spent the last year soing y own research as MY NHS for theuk Hospital specialists did not have a clue how to treat me exzcept give me uvb light treatment which only clear the skin surface not the problem from with in-
Now I have done my research and I mean I have gone as far as possible and it turns out that Nickel and Mercury causes Gluten / MSG allergies. If you want to ease the itchy skin and get it cleared up it will tak an average of 4-6 months depending on how long/serious rash /blistering skin is I have had blistering skin disease due to nickel for at least on and off 18 monthsvery painful and distressing often thinking at times of suicide /depression which ispart of the symtoms among other things like Flu / nausea / chest pains cramp muscle spasms bloating laryngitus etc stomach acid being very tired each day.
My answer to everyone who does suffer from any of the above chnage your diet asap or you will never heal I now live of chicken / porkand ham/gammon ( do not eat steak / beef bad for your condition)anything containing yeast which is a preservative to combat food decay or any food thats been cooked and has been injected with preservatives you must only eat fresh meat you cook yourself or is cooked with no seasoming etc.
Avoid bread / biscuits dairy products eve eggs as the yoke contains nickel MSG(Monosodium Glutamate) known as the chinese takeaway disease is very bad for you it aggravates you itchy skin condition which I have no doubt you have all heard the word uracateria - well thats what I thought I had but it turns out nickel causes Dermatitus herpetiformis which is a blistering skin disease of water blisters which form and are very itchy and when knocked it turns into a very itchy spot /rash that can get infected and eitherlast for days /weeks or months at a time- know this for a fact because I have suffered badly from this and still now and again get a sudden burst when I try something new.
I have had all the creams antibiotics anti-estimenes waste of money antibotics god for infection but thats all if you want to get beeter then read on>>>>>>>>>>
Do not eat

Steak /beef eat white fish only no additives each chicken and pork ( also bacon and gammon (not ham) only eat butter ( no vegatable oil or Olive oil) as these iols are bad for you you must only use Sunflower oil for cooking onlyor butter.Do not use gravy as this can contain harmful ingredients like yeast and soya (I have tried Boulion gravey does not work as all items contain at least one harmful additative)

Do not at at any bread products. I have tried gluten free wheat free and egg free bread but it containd yeast which made my skin react so cut it out altogether only tried this bread after going 12 months without but don not miss it and the weight just drops off.

Do not at anything thats green as in vegatbles or fruit do not eat any kind of tomatoes or onions because of the acidity avoid all canned foods or foods in plastic bags like soups as the lining on the inside is nickel which containates the product which kills the bacteria in foods.

avoid barley /oats / wheat / soya and malt product malt and barley are found in most cereals and vingar products spirit vinegar is also a no go'er.
if you like your patoato chips (Crisps as we call them in th uk )then only eat ready salted or sea salt butit has to say Gluten / Msg free on the packet as I have found out many manufacturers put gluten/wheat /yeast /and msg into these foods so you must eat those crips only anything flavoured will keep aggravating the skin disorder.

Drinks - no other drinks allowed except for Cider this is safe Magners is best or Cider that only conatains suphites and nothing else other than alcohol Suphites is low on MSg plus the sugar turns to alchohol anyway so its very safe to drink bottle only no cans as all aluminium cans arenickel lined inside ( I know because its all I drink now when I decide to go for a drink with the lads and lassies. If you drink beer or red wine stop asap tried it does not work you have eliminate all the offending ffods and drinks if you really want to get this under control.
I have just been registered in the UK as a gluten free patient based on my own research which I had to prove to the medical board of Skin specialist who agred that Ihad tried and tesated foods over thew last 2 yrs on and office and writing down the effects which sometimes could take a couple of hours or two days to show.

If you drink tea/coffe and lots of it like I used to this must cease as these conatin yeasts /sugars which makes it worse do not drink coffee you can buy Green and Black tea which is a combined product which you can have with milk (the milk must be lactose free) you cannot use normal milk I changed my milk after months of eliminating and I am OK with lactose free milk

You must not eat any flour unless it states that it is gluten and wheat free which is mostly topica flour etc

This is what you can eat....

Small amount of carrots each day / small amount of potatoes (no green vegatables) you can also eat turnip (not swede)do not at any kind of sprout there all effect your condition eat plenty of fresh chicken / turkey / pork you can eat lamb but only once ina while but you must not at steak / beef tried introducing it made my sin react, all meat must be fresh and not bought cooked you must either have them cooked in a restuarant so you can eat them once its done or cook it yourself the foods must not be contaminated with any offending foods that has had wheat in in it ike batered stuff etc if you like chips like me only eat oven chips cooked in Sunflower oil will say on packet 98% sunflower 2% salt these have no effect on you condition what-so-ever if your bothered about putting on weight (don't worry)as with cutting out the bad/offending foods you will lose weight and feel healthier with in three months and your skin will start to clear up the scars will take longer but you will feel better in yourself but I will not lie it will take at east six months to nine months for it to ressolve but you must stick to the diet as I have done its frustrating at times but the outcome is a better way of life for you add me to msn if you want to chat regarding my findings avoid fruit altogether especially acidy fruite like oranges limes some apples etc but most fruits conatin knickel from natuarl resources fromt he ground there grown in if you like bakdpotatoes take the skin of befoe you cook it as I have found out the skin heats into the potatoe tried eating them fro a week and reacted took skin off then cooked them no reaction the knickel is in the skin I have rambled on long eneough like said add me to msn on the above e-mail address as my doctor says asfar as he knows I am the only person in the uk to have done my own research into my condition and allergies / or hypersensitivities to certain foods etc wghich I am thinking about writing abook next year as I have helped some people with eczema and there have done what i suggestd and there conditon cleared up afer 6 weeks - if you suffer from eczema do not eat airy products not even eggs / yougurtetc and only drink lactose free milk see ya bye Hopethis info helps

Regards Mark from England

aalleexx
04-13-2008, 03:37 PM
I have just recently discovered this website after having confirmation that I do in fact have a rather intense nickle allergy, among other substances.

I read one lady also has issues with her gold jewellery. I too have issues and one of the substances I reacted to even worse than nickle, was Goldsodiumthiosulfide. It is apparently in certain dental material and is a type of salt that is leeched from gold.

I notice a lot of people have issues with jewellery and certain types of food, but nickle is in a lot of cosmetics, especially eye stuff. I have stopped wearing makeup altogether, and all types of creams, lotions etc on my face. I do feel better and I am no longer experiencing sore itchy eyes, or any Urticaria. I had a number of episodes of Urticaria, and nickle can cause be a cause of this.

I would really like to find out where I can obtain the Nickle Free Diet because I'm finding it difficult to know what to eat and how to figure out what has a high level of nickle in a food and what doesnt, because so many things have nickle in it.

thanks....aalleexx

katweena11
05-07-2008, 07:27 AM
Hi everyone! I'm new here so please excuse me if I'm barging in on this thread but I'm getting desperate! :(
So many here seem to have an allergy to nickel so what better place to start :p
So here's my story...
I've been getting puffy, red itchy flaking eyes for about a year on and off. Been to several doctors and it's been nothing more than a run around.
I've also gotten a patch test and the only thing that has come up is nickel. Even without make-up I get flare ups. So my question is:

could I get a reaction only on my eyes if it's nickel in food related?

Thanks in advance! :grouphug:
Katrina

cygnus x1
05-19-2008, 05:53 PM
I'm new here, have found this forum by complete accident - and am glad for it! I've been nickel sensitive for the past 31 years with flare ups far and few between until recently. The past three years have been an absolute nightmare.

Rhapsody - I thank you for mentioning buckwheat as being a potential trigger (in my case at least). I've been using a sobakawa pillow for several years - I guess this explains the near-constant seborrhea. As comfortable as they are Sobakawa pillow is going bye-bye for something that is really hypoallergenic, IF such a thing truly exist.

And Lara, thank you for the mention of razor blades! This had not even crossed my mind. It could very well explain the flare ups on my legs.

Although, the discomfort I have been experiencing for the past (well, almost three years) could be of a more insidious nature. The end of August of this year will mark the third year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The reason I mention this is because my current dermatologist told me that following the hurricane, every dermatologist in this area was swarmed by people with complaints of eczema - which leads me (and him) to believe that there are contaminants still lingering in the soil and air - three years after the fact. Pre-Katrina, my flare ups were - as I previously stated, far and few between - and very short lived. Post-Katrina, well - since we have returned home, it has been a constant battle. I refuse to believe this is coincidence.

That being said - I'm currently on my third day of Prednisone therapy (for the second time, which I *detest* due to the side effects) and I woke up this morning with a large, nasty oozing sore on my scalp - hair, glued to my head. So again, Rhapsody - I think you've nailed it with the buckwheat - or, shall we say sobakawa pillow.

And finally, Katweena - YES, the reaction on your eyes could very well be food related. I have *never* worn makeup - and last week, I experienced the same exact thing.

Now, here is a question I wish to pose to every active member of this forum. My *former* dermatologist said that eczema can and will not effect mucus membranes - yet, yesterday - what I believed to be an eyelash turned out to be a tiny cluster of blisters on the INSIDE of my lower eyelid. Has anyone ever heard of this?! The blisters are thankfully gone today. It's definitely not allergic conjunctivitis - I've had numerous times.

Hopefully, with all the brilliant minds here - and in combining the extensive research I'm sure we've all done, we can all find a way of helping each other through this miserable disease. Even if it is only to listen.

Peace,
Cygnus

mrsD
05-20-2008, 10:18 AM
http://www.dormer.ca/Phy_Pages/Nickel.aspx

Also chronic rashes may be due to gluten intolerance. We have a celiac/gluten forum here. Please check it out.

Lifebright
05-22-2008, 06:16 PM
Very glad to find this place!

I'm 16, and developed a nickel reaction for various reasons when I was about 13. It started with a huge, midly uncomfortable rash all over my arms and legs, of course not knowing the cause, and beeing a typical teen, i was wearing cheap market-stall metal bangel over the rash! The doctors were pretty rubbish, took months of trips and a visit to a dermatolagist to conclude that nickel was the cause.
Since then the area coverd by the rash has lowerd majorly, but it's never gone away compleatly, and become worse in the places that it does still hit. Theres a patch just below my belly button which i think has been effected, and often infected, for 3 years straight. Apart from being horribly horribly uncomfortable, stupid rashs all the time arn't the best way to build a young girls confidence!
Other areas i've found effected badly are underarms (razors?), neck (which I worked out was from the 1cm strip of metal in hairtyes, from wearing my hair in pigtails - i HAVE to wear my hair like this for work, but discoverd tyes which are fastend by glue so are metal free =]). I don't wear earings, if i do (even higher quality ones) then after an hour I have to take them out.

Doctors have given me tons and tons of antibiotics, millions of different creams and lotions, but not of them seem to be quite doing the trick, not to mention horrible side effects of the meds. I've tried and tried to cut nickel from my life, but find it unavoidable in things like jeans and belts (although have tried covering up the buckels and studs with nail polish, tape etc.)
I'm a student, and i'm fed up of not being able to buy cheap and cheerful jelwery from New Look and the like (by the way, Claire's accesories is by far the worst, if anything from there pretty much touchs me then I flare up).

Couple of people have mentioned razors, i've looked tons of times and can't find any nickel free =/
Also, someone mentions psychosemantic (sorry about my awful spelling) rashes, what are the symptoms of such of that? I've always had heat rash as well, as long as i remember.

Very sorry for the long post, reading other peoples I can't believe you've had to resort to nickel-free diets, sounds horrible =[ *chocoholic!!*
I'm fully aware you guys have much worse conditions as me, but the chance to post and possible get advice from somewhere that people have a chance of understanding is intreiging!

Thanks,
Lifebright.
x

skigirl
05-27-2008, 07:21 PM
I have been reading threads for several hours today. I have also visited the Celiac/Gluten-Sensitive forums. The majority of my medical issues began during my first pregnancy about 4 years ago. I also had symptoms as far back as 1985. I have been clinically diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Raynaud's phenomenon, nickel, citrus, and latex allergy. I have been evaluated for Celiac, but my endoscopy came back clear as far as the lab could ascertain. I have read from the Gluten Dr. that under electron microscope, the damage may be visible; however, the lab does not use that level of scrutiny. In January 07, after my second pregnancy, I went to my doctor for post-partum check up c/o pain in joints, especially right shoulder, left wrist and pinky joint, muscle-stiffness and muscle-spasms. These muscle spasms are not the ordinary, charlie-horse in-the-middle-of-the-night cramps, although I get those too. I can cause these cramps at will by flexing or bending to a certain degree or for an extended amount of time (10-15 sec). For example, eating my salad at lunch today, I got a muscle cramp in the palm of my right hand on the right side because I was holding the fork for too long. I could only ski 3 runs on Sat and 2 runs on Monday this weekend, because the cramps in my feet and legs were so intense/painful. I didn't have good control during my turns especially. My toes and feet will contort when I place them in certain "normal" positions. I am sure this is peripheral neuropathy, but will not be seeing a neurologist until June. I also get numbness and tingling plus vibrations in my feet like a livewire or electricity. I will have hot and cold flashes in my feet. When I do a lot of walking, it feels like blisters are forming on the bottom of my feet and they hurt intensely, but there are no blisters. The left foot tends to be worse than the right. At first I tried eating a million bananas and taking Ca supplements. I also presented gastrointestinal symptoms last January of frequent diarrhea, gas, bloating and abdominal pain. It is hard to explain everything in a forum (not enough space). My GP or PCM (DR) began testing me for lupus, thyroid, gout, bone spurs, and at my request gluten-sensitivity. My cholesterol was high, especially my HDL oddly enough, and my liver and kidney levels (she didn't specify) were high. She tested me again. My gluten blood work came back as follows: hi for AGA IgG but lo for AGA IgA. My overall IgA was not tested. I went on a gluten-free diet for 8 days and my symptoms subsided completely. No more muscle spasms - even when skiing- no more diarrhea, gas or bloating and my mental clarity improved. The funny thing is that I didn't even know about hidden gluten at that time. I went back on gluten and my neurological and gastrointestinal symptoms recurred within 30 min to 3 hours. After my biopsy I restricted gluten again and have been attempting a gluten-free diet for about 2 months now. I say attempting b/c it is difficult to eliminate all the sources of gluten. I, to my knowledge, according to labels that say gluten-free, have not had any gluten in weeks, but my neurological symptoms were quite severe this weekend. Possible cross-contamination? So I started looking into vitamin/mineral deficiency that causes muscle cramps. As I told my dr, I feel vitamin deficient. My hair has also been falling out. I lose my train of thought easily. I have the most difficult time remembering the name of something as simple as grocery car, stroller, or envelope. I can picture it in my mind, but I can't find the word for it. It is so frustrating - 10 or 20 seconds go by, embarrassing, irritating to other people. Agh! I have angry outbursts or get frustrated by simple things like dropping things repeatedly or spilling my coffee (daily). So in my research I happened to run across a thread today that mentions gluten-sensitivity and nickel allergy. An additional symptom that has flared is a rash on my arms, but worse on my neck, so I took out my earrings yesterday which were supposedly silver that I have worn for over a year now. The rash started getting worse about a month ago, I guess. My memory cannot tell you whether it was a week, a month or 5 months ago. It all blurs together and feels like yesterday unless I have a date attached to it. Another symptom that began 4 years ago at the same time as the initial allergic rash to nickel was a runny nose and chronic laryngitis. I don't know what is causing it. I had the allergy tests done, the RAST test done and came back with no positive results. When the dermatologist tested me, I was positive to nickel, but this still didn't explain my runny nose and laryngitis. Or did it? This is not psychosomatic or stress-related. I just have to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. Why am I allergic to all of these things? I know that pregancy and other events like surgeries can change our bodies (I had 2 c-sections and an ACL reconstruction within 3 years). I have read that gluten-sensitivity can cause all of these other allergies and other auto-immune disorders. Has anyone found anything about this? The symptoms for either gluten-sensitivity or PCOS started in 6th grade with severe pain in my stomach that localized on the right side before it went away. The ER checked me for appendicitis and kept me for observation. In 12th grade this occurred again, but b/c there were no signs of anything, I was told it was a cyst on my ovary that ruptured, which is why they could not see anything during an ultrasound or in my blood work. Hmmm? Since I was 2 or 3 I have had hayfever-like allergic reactions to any citrus. If someone peels an orange or grapefruit near me, my eyes begin to burn and water.
To the guy, Mark, maybe, I read so many, who said that your nickel allergy and gluten-allergy are related. What else have you found to corroborate that? I am pretty sure that my Dad and I have the same medical problems. While my neuropathy just started about a year ago, his started 10 years ago and he is no longer able to walk without assistance. He is also going gluten-free and can attest that even the smallest amount of gluten will set his feet on fire. I believe that we have a different form of gluten-sensitivity that also causes us gastrointestinal problems but possibly without actual damage to the villi in the intestine. Could nickel also cause similar symptoms? I would not mind further testing, but am not going to needlessly cost my insurance co money. When I am off gluten, the diarrhea goes away. What about this neuropathy? I can't stand it. I will not end up in a wheel chair and I will do everything in my power to get my Dad his legs back. Does anyone have any answers? There are about a dozen other symptoms that I have that I didn't think of or have time to post. Thank you for taking the time to read my extensive posting.

glenntaj
05-28-2008, 06:38 AM
--have you taken a long look at the Gluten Sensitivity/Celiac forum here yet?

http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/forum13.html

There is a lot of info--much of it compiled originally by jcclglutenfree (cara--creator of The Gluten File, probably the most comprehensive database on the subject yet devised) that talks about non-celiac gluten sensitivity, the relationship of "tight junction dysfunction" mediated through the intestinal substance Zonulin in allowing inappropriate molecules to pass from the intestinal tract into the body, resulting in molecular mimicry autoimmune reactions, and the many different malabsorptions of vitamns and minerals that can ocur when there is intestinal damage . . .

Deficiencies of B12, B6, magnesium, iron, calcium and the like can cause neurological symptoms of their own accord, and the autoimmune cross reactivity of gliadin with nerve glycolipids can result in neurological problems (neuropathy, ataxia) in its own right . . .

And--there's info about dermatitis hepatiformis, a red, scaly, blistery rash that is associated with gluten sensitivity . . .

skigirl
05-28-2008, 06:30 PM
[QUOTE=glenntaj;288489]--have you taken a long look at the Gluten Sensitivity/Celiac forum here yet?

Yes, I have visited numerous gluten/Celiac sites. I can't count the hours of research I have done. When I go to the doctor, it seems I need to inform him/her of the current research on gluten-sensitivity. I am having neurological reactions to gluten or something without gastrointestinal reactions. I can't find a definitive source of gluten which is what prompted me to look at other possible links to the peripheral neuropathy. I googled nickel in foods, because during my gluten/celiac research I happened to catch a sentence on the subject much to my surprise. What further surprised me was a member of this forum stating that he has a nickel allergy and a gluten-sensitivity with atypical symptoms. I can deal with the dry, itchy skin, dyshydrotic eczema, and other minor symptoms. Believe me, in comparison to constant muscle cramps, my itchy skin is minor and tolerable. I will take a loot at the gluten files that you mentioned as well. Thank you for these suggestions. BTW, since Tuesday, I have gone to the extreme in restricting gluten from my diet: no grains, no vinegar, no processed foods unless I know it is gluten-free. I have also restricted liquids to tea, water, and gluten-free juice. My symptoms are improving. I don't know what soda has to do with it, but it causes my joints to become stiff and ache if I drink it on a daily basis. I discovered this last September. The plantar fasciitis (spelling?) completely disappeared after restricting soda. The stiffness and most of the joint pain also disappeared. I tested my response to soda after a couple of symptom-less days and the pain/stiffness returned within 20 minutes of drinking Sprite. I also tested diet Sprite and had the same reaction. Unfortunately, I started drinking sodas again within the past couple weeks, more than one a day. I will continue eliminating these foods/drinks from my diet until I find relief.
Thank you immensely for your reply.

eannc13
07-05-2008, 11:58 PM
LifeBright - you mentioned you had an irritation/infection just below your belly button. I had this for years and finally figured out that it was the metal button on my jeans causing it where it came into contact with my stomach. It's easily taken care of by painting clear nail polish over the metal part. Just be sure that you do this on all of your jeans and that you repeat it every couple of months or so. Hope it helps!

Snow Bunny
07-09-2008, 02:26 PM
I have been dealing with redness around my mouth that would come and go for about 4 years now, no Doctor has pin pointed what it was, until now. I went last week to the Dermatologist and the begin “patch” testing, I had to live with 127 patches covering my back for 2 days, then go a week with getting my back wet, my god was that unbearable, especially b/c it has been so humid where I live. :eek:

Well I went today to see the results of it. It was pretty plain and simple to see that I had no other reaction to any of the patches except for one. The Nickel patch! As she talked to me about the foods and all the different things I touch through the day that have nickel in them, including my engagement ring. Must say I was quiet overwhelmed at all of this and tears welled up in my eyes!

This is all happening so fast reading over the restrictions and what i cant eat or touch, i work at a library and everything is metal or has metal in it. Ive been told just to aviod touching my face after coming in contact with medals. This is going to be very hard....

The food list is crazy of what you can’t eat. If anyone has any suggestions that would be great, b/c it seems like ill be living on a Brussels sprout and carrot diet w/NO margarine. I guess easy weight loss for the wedding, lol. If anyone can help with any advice to dealing with this please, let me know. :)

I have some papers from my dr.s that have the dietary restrictions on it ill have to sit and post all the information plus the site for lotions, creams, medicine, soap and make-up that are ok... ill post that at a later time. not enough time right now, plus im at work lol. :grouphug:

Rhapsody
07-10-2008, 01:14 AM
Hey everyone....

I am the person that originally started this thread after I was diagnosed with nickel allergy last year... and now I have returned to ask IF any one has had any luck in finding a vitamin that does not contain minerals in them as this is where the nickel is found?

I am asking as I have noticed that I have not had as much of a sinus problem going on since I had to stop taking my arthritis medication and daily vitamin before my surgery was to take place three weeks ago for a bladder issue... I now believe it was the nickel in the vitamins that aggravated my sinuses these past few years - due to my allergy to nickel.

SO - Where are the Nickel Free Vitamins?

mrsD
07-10-2008, 07:12 AM
Hey everyone....

I am the person that originally started this thread after I was diagnosed with nickel allergy last year... and now I have returned to ask IF any one has had any luck in finding a vitamin that does not contain minerals in them as this is where the nickel is found?

I am asking as I have noticed that I have not had as much of a sinus problem going on since I had to stop taking my arthritis medication and daily vitamin before my surgery was to take place three weeks ago for a bladder issue... I now believe it was the nickel in the vitamins that aggravated my sinuses these past few years - due to my allergy to nickel.

SO - Where are the Nickel Free Vitamins?

I would start calling the major companies... like NatureMade and NOW and ask if their products contain nickel. That is the only way you will get a complete answer.
Google them, and their websites typically have toll free phone numbers.

Rhapsody
07-11-2008, 12:43 AM
Some interesting facts I came across today while researching vitamins with out nickel.

* * * * * * *

The average adult body contains about 10 mg of nickel and it is found in many body tissues, therefore, you should be able to get all the nickel you need from your daily diet... and the nickel found naturally in our food shouldn't cause any harm.

Most nickel is eliminated in the feces, some in urine and some in sweat.

Recommended Dietary Allowance:
Studies indicate a variable dietary intake of nickel, but most averages are about 0.2-0.7 mg per day... no more than 1 mg per day.

* * * * * * *

And - I found these vitamins -
No Nickel - Equate Women's One Daily Vitamin Supplement (@ Wal-mart)

Fish Slayer
10-23-2008, 03:38 PM
Hopefully some of you will check this tread from time to time.

I also suffer nickel allergies. I found out after having a bout of Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Which is basically my white blood cells attacking my esophagus die to an allergic reaction. In my case Nickel and beef.

I have been managing to keep things under control by avoiding the common foods that are known to be high in Ni. The problem is that there does not seem to be a very comprehensive list. My reactions are not always immediate, cause and effect testing can be challenging. I have found a danish list that listed a good number of foods and the concentration of Ni in ppm, but after eating iceberg lettuce which was listed as low in Ni, I had a bit of a reaction, so i am not trusting that list any more.

Does anybody know of a better list or reference? I had a bit of trouble swallowing my breakfast this morning (which is a symptom of the EE) and I am trying to figure out what the culprit is. I am suspecting pomegranate as this is a new addition to my diet and thinking about it, most seeds are on the "to avoid" list when it comes to Ni.

I have rambled on enough for now, but i would appreciate any resources that you could point me to.

MustangMoe
11-09-2008, 12:07 PM
Hi Rhapsody, This nickel allergy is all new to me. I am only allergic to shrimps and I find it anoying. I can't even start comprehensing this nickel allergy has on peoples lives. I have a question for you. I make wine and I am planning on plating my wine press machine to protect it from rusting. It is presently stell painted. The chemist at the plating company is the one who told me about nickel allergies. I was thinking of plating my machine nickel. So the question is, will my wine affect those who drink it? Only about 10% of my wine will come in contact for a very brief period of time with the nickel-plated machine (for about 5 seconds). My wine is then bottled in glass containers.
What do you (or anyone else) recomend? I personally do not know of anyone who is allergic to nickel, at least not that I know of. I don't to fix one problem(rust) by making another (nickel allergy). I thought of tin plating my machine.

Rhapsody
11-10-2008, 02:09 AM
Does anybody know of a better list or reference?

Sadly, finding a better list is not the solution here.... as this allergy has to do more with how sensitive your body is to nickel, therefore, what may not effect you in small amounts could break another person out in a full body rash. :)


I make wine and I am planning on plating my wine press machine to protect it from rusting.

So the question is, will my wine affect those who drink it? Only about 10% of my wine will come in contact for a very brief period of time with the nickel-plated machine (for about 5 seconds). My wine is then bottled in glass containers.

What do you (or anyone else) recommend?

This is a touch one, but one that must be considered as a Nickel allergy can be triggered by the smallest contact in some people... while others need to be exposed to higher levels of Nickel to have an reaction.

I personally am one of those people that cannot have the smallest amount of extra Nickel around me or I will break out in a rash that itches.... I have even had to stop taking vitamins all together due to my allergies.

If there is another way for you to plate your wine press I would suggest looking into it.... as a life is not worth gambling with.

MustangMoe
11-10-2008, 10:52 AM
Sadly, finding a better list is not the solution here.... as this allergy has to do more with how sensitive your body is to nickel, therefore, what may not effect you in small amounts could break another person out in a full body rash. :)




This is a touch one, but one that must be considered as a Nickel allergy can be triggered by the smallest contact in some people... while others need to be exposed to higher levels of Nickel to have an reaction.

I personally am one of those people that cannot have the smallest amount of extra Nickel around me or I will break out in a rash that itches.... I have even had to stop taking vitamins all together due to my allergies.

If there is another way for you to plate your wine press I would suggest looking into it.... as a life is not worth gambling with.



I've been doing some research in the net trying to find a way to protect my wine press machine from rust and yet not make it harmfull in other way (nickel). Eventhough I know no one personally who is allergic to nickel I want to make sure that my wine is not the cause of some one's reaction. I've been looking at it from a different perspective now. I was looking at a list of beverages that contain high to moderate amounts of nickel and found out that wine has quiet a bit of nickel to start off with. so I've been wondering: if some one is allergic to nickel and knows it, will that person venture into drinking wine regarless of how it was made? Does a nickel intolerant person drink wine? Was the list I saw correct? According to the list, beer and red wine are among the top 3 in this high nickel content list. Beer being #1 and red wine #3.

Rhapsody
11-12-2008, 01:17 PM
Does a nickel intolerant person drink wine? Was the list I saw correct? According to the list, beer and red wine are among the top 3 in this high nickel content list. Beer being #1 and red wine #3.

I do not drink either beer nor wine, so I have never given any thought to them with my nickel allergy, but I do know that beer is listed as a big no no when you are allergic to nickel... and you would think that a newly dx patient would look into what not to consume to lessen the effects of the allergy.

Harmony
12-06-2008, 11:11 PM
Fish Slayer - In 2007, the "US Food and Drug Administration" created a "Total Diet Study" which lists the average mg/kg for various elements, including "Nickel", for a variety of foods tested. I can't post the link because I'm a new user, but if you search on those key words plus "Summary of Results" you should get it. The last column lists the average.

While this is not comprehensive, it provides more data than just a list, and has lower level information for those who are more sensitive. Of course, any food listed that has multiple ingredients will likely have different mg/kg depending on how it's made, but at least it's a ballpark.

Looking at this list, Nickel content in iceberg lettuce is a medium level. Since Ni concentration in foods will vary depending on the Ni concentration in the soil where the food was grown, possibly the USFDA list will be more representative for food bought in the US than the Danish list. I hope this helps!

calukaline
12-29-2008, 06:22 AM
It's great to know I'm not the only one having to live in such a strict lifestyle...

I have been suffering from eczema the past 2 years and only 3 months ago they decided to do a patch test and found i was severly allergic to Nickel...

Good news is there is one type of chocolate that does not contain cocoa and that is Milkybar, Not sure what countries it is for sale in but it can be purchased at most supermarkets in Australia.

Has anyone had any experience with Psorizide Forte? From reading on the internet apparently this homeopathic medicine can reduce the effects of Nickel Allergies but i have not been able to get in contact with a homeopath who knows about it...

Well hope to hear some news soon....:wink:

trikerlady
01-02-2009, 08:35 AM
i have same thing -- nickel allergy .but have founf=d a company that sells nickel free jewelery . Its have had good luck with them . no food alergy to nickel :)

herbie
01-15-2009, 03:16 PM
Hi,
I'm a 44 year old female with major allergies, asthma, fibromyalgia and polycycstic ovary syndrome. I just found out last summer that I had a nickle allergy when I asked why I was breaking out around my wire frame glasses. I got titanium frames this time and it has made a huge difference.

Over Christmas, I have been having a major anaphylactic reaction, swollen tongue and throat, trouble breathing, hives, heart palpitations etc. My allergist felt it was due to the metformin I take for the PCOS and took me off of it. On one trip to my allergist, I picked up a freebie publication on allergies. They had an article on nickle allergies. In the article, it said that if you have a nickle allergy, you shouldn't cook in stainless steel or eat canned goods. It said that the nickle from the cans and pans leaches into the food, particularly with high acid foods. Given the "bucket theory" of allergies (your immune system is like a leaky bucket, as long as you don't add allergens faster than the bucket leaks, you don't react. If you add too many allergens too fast, the bucket overflows and you react), I decided to act on the tip. I got rid of all my canned goods and bought some aluminum pots and pans. (I did some research first, the whole aluminum cookware/alzheimer's connection seems to be pretty well debunked, there is something like 15 times more aluminum in one antacid tablet than you get from cooking a meal in aluminum cookware and diabetes is looking to be the biggest risk for getting alzheimers. Besides, the restaurant industry never stopped using aluminum, so if you eat in restaurants, you're getting it anyway).

Anyway, the result is that my anaphylaxis is steadily retreating. Interestingly, my fibromyalgia seems to be retreating with it. I take a muscle relaxer for it, and I can take anywhere from 4 - 8 milligrams a night depending on my level of pain. Over Christmas, I was taking 8 milligrams and still having pain. The last two nights I've only taken 2 milligrams and had little or no pain. I have never taken that little muscle relaxer before. I've also stopped having trouble swallowing and stopped having symptoms of what I thought were hemorrhoids but now appear to have been internal hives. I'm starting to think that this nickle allergy has been going on for a long time at a lot more serious level than I realized. Has anyone else out there encountered any of this?

Thanks for sharing this Jane doe. Its the storey of my last 4 years and I'm just realizing now that its the damn nickel. Used to get anaphalactic eruptions of swollen lower face every 12 to 18 months for 25 years and then following one of these in 2005 my mouth became constantly swollen (lips, tongue and cheeks). A trip to the Mayo Clinic in Feb 2007 pointed to gold crowns (patch tested but they didn't do nickel) which I subsequently had removed and things seemed to settle down a bit. Don't get the major anaphalactic reactions now but do use Reactine (10 mg) almost daily although I did go through a period from Sept 07 to August 08 with very little of the antihistomine. i've only just started to watch the nickel (utinsels, cooking pots, glasses, etc.) but the diet's all new. I didn't think I could get on a smaller list of acceptable foods as I only eat fresh and mostly organic. just a couple of prepared foods that I seem to tolerate (ones' a cranberry/apricot oat square from Planet Organic-Mmmm good) I'd be interested to hear of recommended foods. Also, I have lost significant amounts of structural fat, particularly on the balls & toes of my feet and palms & fingers of hands. Anyone else experience this and has a way to treat it?

herbie
01-17-2009, 02:14 PM
Hi everyone! I'm new here so please excuse me if I'm barging in on this thread but I'm getting desperate! :(
So many here seem to have an allergy to nickel so what better place to start :p
So here's my story...
I've been getting puffy, red itchy flaking eyes for about a year on and off. Been to several doctors and it's been nothing more than a run around.
I've also gotten a patch test and the only thing that has come up is nickel. Even without make-up I get flare ups. So my question is:

could I get a reaction only on my eyes if it's nickel in food related?

Thanks in advance! :grouphug:
Katrina

Hi Katrina
What about eye glasses with metal frames?
Hergie

Rhapsody
01-18-2009, 11:10 AM
Yes - it is possible to just have the reaction of nickel to show up on your body in just one or two places - I on the other hand am not so lucky as I often get a full body rash... a body rash that once made my dermatologist think I had Lupus.

And I second the suggestion to look into what your eye glasses are made of (if you wear any) and or sunglass..... and all females should always look into what their make-up is made of - I had to give up wearing make all together up after my allergies started. :(

herbie
01-22-2009, 01:35 AM
Through a series if anaphalactic angio edema attachs during which I experience rapid weight loss (about 5#'s in course of 10-15 days), my structural fat has been depleteded, Although my weight has returned to normal, partially due to the use of a testostirone cream, the pads of my fingers, hands, toes and feet remain very thin and it makes walking difficult. I'd appreciate hearing from others who have experienced this. I've patch tested positive for Goldsodiumthiosulfate (found in dental prosthetics), nickelsulfate hexahydrate, potossium dichromate and Quaternium 15. The gold crowns went 2 years ago and I'm now thinking my continuing eposodes, primariy being a swolen mouth 24/7 may be connected to nickel. And there has been a slight improvement since staying away from nichel/stainless steel, etc. in the last week. I'd love to here from any of you with experiences of a similar nature and what worked for you. Thanks
Herbie

joyse
02-22-2009, 11:58 AM
My first response here or any blog... but I am having a nickel sulfate reaction only around my eyes. It's incredibly painful and definitely not attractive. I was convinced after spending Christmas Day with cold compresses on my eyes it was because I was drinking red wine the weekend before. Since that day I have only been drinking white wine. And it didn't go away completely. But I am broken out worse today. The doctor says that the skin around the eyes is the most sensitive and that may be why the reaction centers there. I've been reading today about nickel sulfate in red wine and white wine and in all the products you all write about here. But I also came up positive on Lyral which is a fragrance in many, many products. I fortunately have been given an ointment which takes away the symptoms but it's a steriod and can't be used all the time. This is really depressing.

Frustrated Mother
02-23-2009, 12:35 AM
Thank you for this community. My daughter first reacted to nickel when she was a baby from the snaps of her onsies. She is now 11, and I have let so much damage go on. She is obese, rash from head to toe, severe scars from rash near the rivots in her jeans, eczema, swollen lips, and just looks like she is retaining water. I have done everything you can think of to eliminate the contact. It has just really hit me. I make her eat nickel in high doses every day by giving her a granola bar, eating nuts for snacks, can vegetables and soups, salads, wheat bread. I could go on,... Pretty much everything on the lists. I want to cry. I have been doing everything wrong. Trying to make her eat better has only forced more nickel into her diet. I could go on and on about her symptoms and reactions and such. She is very active in sports, but is very exhausted other times. Looking back she has always experienced a lot of upset tummys and vomitting. I have wanted to help her eat right for her weight and health, and I am practically poisoning her. She has dermatologist and Peditrician. But its down to the diet and more strict no contact to nickel. I wondered if the Atkins diet would be a plan and an idea for a day to day following. I do not want to give up. I want her to feel better. Gosh the school lunches probably serve their vegetable and other things out of cans, the water fountain, WOW!!!!

herbie
02-23-2009, 01:13 AM
My first response here or any blog... but I am having a nickel sulfate reaction only around my eyes. It's incredibly painful and definitely not attractive. I was convinced after spending Christmas Day with cold compresses on my eyes it was because I was drinking red wine the weekend before. Since that day I have only been drinking white wine. And it didn't go away completely. But I am broken out worse today. The doctor says that the skin around the eyes is the most sensitive and that may be why the reaction centers there. I've been reading today about nickel sulfate in red wine and white wine and in all the products you all write about here. But I also came up positive on Lyral which is a fragrance in many, many products. I fortunately have been given an ointment which takes away the symptoms but it's a steriod and can't be used all the time. This is really depressing.

Hi Joyse
There are a very few wines that don't have sulfates added that if you're lucky you might find. I know don't give my wife ordaughter-in-law the red rashes they used to get. These are generally listed as organic although you have to be carefull with them also. Some of "Chapoutier's" wines I believe are sulfate free. Otherwise I can send you a bottle of Canadian Rye Whiskey and you can forget about the wines.

On another subject, I do take one perscription mediacation; "zopoclone". I believe the trade name it sold under are Lunesta and Ambien and today saw a TV add for the latter which stated that swollen mouth and tounge were side effects. Maybe that' part (or a lot) of my problem and will try to live without it for a few days to see if there is a change in swelkling, but I was wondering if there was anyone else who had experience either with the swollen mouth or Ambien?
Herbie

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ToxicLover88
02-25-2009, 07:01 AM
Hi there,
I feel so much better now that i've found this site!
I've been allergic to Nickel for over a year now, most of that time was spent trying to find out what this misterious rash was!
I've been to the doctors and dermatologists time after time only to walk out in fits of tears and a perscription for anti-hystomines(?)
Ive now been told im immune to anytype of anti-hystomines and awaiting yet another dermatologist appointment.

I was put on steriod tablets for a while, this may be helpfull to some. It helped start to clear the painfull rash, but i became severly depressed on them and was advised by my doctor to stop the tablets.

I feel kind of thrown into the deep end at this stage. Being told you have a nickel allergy and then your left to just deal and figure out for yourself how to cope!

But how?!! How can you avoid contact with nickel?! its in almost EVERYTHING!
Simple tasks such as opening my bedroom door, or flushing the toilet, washing your hands. These tasks cannot be completed without touching nickel! As far as i know!

I have not tryed the nickel free diet yet, but i would like to know if anyone could reccomend any sites that explain this diet. Part of my reaction is on the corner of my lip and sometimes i can't even open my mouth in order to eat as the skin cracks deeply. Possibly a nickle-free diet could be the awnser?

I wondered if anyone knew any razors i could use for shaving that do not contain nickel?

Also does glitter contain nickel?

Can i get a peircing and what jewelry can i wear?
I used to have 7 ear peircings, but upon finding out about the allergy i have removed the earings and they have sadly closed up. sadface.

Can i have a tattoo safely?

I know some of my questions may sound stupid, but i just don't know what to do anymore. There's no way of figuring out if an item in question contains nickel as it doesn't come with a list of ingredients/componants like food does.
Ive looked everywhere and i've had no luck so far.

I also read a few months ago that a nickel allergy can be classed as a long term disability depending on the severity, does anyone know how true this is?

Id love to hear back from anyone,
thanks a bunchhh! =]

xx

Rhapsody
02-27-2009, 11:12 AM
Can i get a peircing and what jewelry can i wear?
Can i have a tattoo safely?



Platinum Jewelry is the way to go when one has an allergy to nickel - Ebay has some nice pieces to choose from, check them out - I have and now I can safely wear jewelry again. :)

As far as the tattoo goes.... the ink does have metal in it, therefore, I would have the artist do a skin test to see how sensitive you are or are not to the ink.... some people are more sensitive than others.

ToxicLover88
03-03-2009, 06:08 AM
Platinum Jewelry is the way to go when one has an allergy to nickel - Ebay has some nice pieces to choose from, check them out - I have and now I can safely wear jewelry again. :)

As far as the tattoo goes.... the ink does have metal in it, therefore, I would have the artist do a skin test to see how sensitive you are or are not to the ink.... some people are more sensitive than others.


Whoa, thanks! I really want my tongue peirced, apparently you can get plastic jewelery, but its more what the use to peirce it that im worried about, nothing that a bit of research can't sort out! =]

This is the most advice ive had for over a year! I walked into my doctors about a month ago and i had to explain to my doctor what a nickel allergy was!! Ridiculous!

Smilie
03-03-2009, 10:58 PM
i think i am allergic to nickel too, as i react very badly to cheap earring and chains. a few years ago, i had my ears pierced with a needle at a piercing & tattoo shop with surgical steel earrings locked with a little bead. they said they were nickel free, verbally only, but they said they couldn't officially confirm it in writing because no documentation was available. after one full year of struggling with severe infection that refused to heal, even with very good hygiene (3 times a day cleaning with a natural product they were selling, containing essential oils, then a contact lenses saline cleaner for sensitive eyes, then, rubbing alcohol) i decided to remove the rings for good. i suspect that they were not really nickel free, but who knows. :eek:

on my 2 other sets of ear piercings, i wear silver sterling earrings, as well as neck chains, from Mexico or India, without problem, on a regular basis. i'm not sure if there is any nickel in silver sterling?

my eyeglasses frames are made of titanium and plastic. i never had any problems with them. :)

santopietro
03-17-2009, 06:54 PM
[QUOTE=ToxicLover88;471051]

I wondered if anyone knew any razors i could use for shaving that do not contain nickel?

Hello Toxiclover88, I recently found out that I am allergic to nickel. About a month ago I became really itchy on the backs of my legs and torso. I went into my dr. and she just told me that I was allergic to something but gave no suggestions on finding out what it might be. After taking the steroids that she gave me and them not having any effect she sent me to a dermatologist. He only told me that yes I have hive. The next day doing everything the same as the last week except shaving my legs. I broke out even more. I figured it had to be the metal from the razor and didn't know what to do. I live in a warm climate that long pants and long sleeves would be even more unbearable. I was walking along the isles at the store looking at hair removal and came across an electric razor that said right on the package that it is nickel free. It is made by panasonic and is called close curves. I was a little skeptical but as it was only $20 I decided to try it. I patched tested and everything turned out just fine. Hope this helps.

As I just found out what my allergy was about a week ago I do not know if I need to look at the lists of food but just right now have contact with it and break out. I can say that this is hereditary. Both my mother and great grandmother had it they just didn't know what kind of metal it was.

shezbut
03-19-2009, 01:28 AM
Don't kick yourself in the heiny for not seeing the truth :( Kick her doctor in the hiney, lol :p! NO, I'm kidding :) There are so many possibilities out there! I know. I've had all kinds of tests to determine what's causing my chronic urticaria (daily hives) for 8 months +. No luck. I've had the CU disappear for awhile and then come back after a couple of years as angioedema, delayed pressure urticaria, cold-induced urticaria. Please do check out the following site for lots of information and support!!

Hugs!
Shez

http://www.urticaria.thunderworksinc.com/

tied
03-20-2009, 06:09 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Schick-Quattro-Cartridges-Titanium-Coated/dp/B000FW2NHG

also here is a ceramic knife - understand razor is in r&d

http://www.kyoceraadvancedceramics.com/?gclid=CO-G2eWusZkCFQkzawodJGCl4w

Does anyone know of a brand of razors (especially for women) that do not contain nickel?

kathieyates
03-27-2009, 04:17 AM
"Has anyone else out there encountered any of this?"

Yes, I'm 42, and have just spent the last five years of my life having test after test. I had a high ESR plus various other symtoms (aching joints, pins and needles, nausea, the runs, headache, extreme Tiredness, Dermatitis) Dr's could not find the problem apart from the ESR they did not have a clue (I was beginning to think I had Chronic Fatigue). One day the skin was iching under my wedding ring so I took it off, something made me take all my Jewellery off. Within the week I was almost symtom free! A month later more bloods were taken to check ESR it had gone down from 49 to 28 (it should be under 21) Each day I feel better and better. I did some research and read about nickel in food, so I try to keep my food as low in nickle as possible! The Dr's don't seem very excited by this, but I am! I'm nearly back to my old self again! An example: Two days ago my 13 year old daughter and I made a cherry and marzipan cake in it was home made marzipan, almond essence, ground almonds, and almonds for the top, I could not help myself I had to eat it, following morning I woke with a migraine, nausea, the runs and had extreme difficulty getting through the day! Never again! Anyway hope this helps (is it Similar?). Kathie

Cathalonia
06-01-2009, 05:32 AM
I just stumbled across this discussion after trying to figure out what has been making my life a misery lately.

A few years ago, I went out with my husband & friends and I had several glasses of Pinot Noir from Oregon. That very evening I broke out with a huge, puffy rash under my eyes which exacerbated the few wrinkles I have terribly. The next morning it was worse. Plus, oddly enough, there was a small patch on my neck. No doctor could tell me what was wrong, though I knew it was related to the wine. Also, I wear glasses, but had always worn the glasses and had never had any problems. Moisturizers & cosmetics, even if they had never caused a problem before, stung like hell.

The oddest thing was that this rash just wiped me out completely. I was so fatigued. I had just had a miscarriage and I thought perhaps my body was grieving, oddly, on top of things, or rejecting everything. I was stymied. Eventually, the rash went away, though it would make periodic small reappearances even though I stayed as far away from alcohol as I could.
Things were manageable. I got pregnant and had my second son.

Then a month or two ago the skin under the nose pads of my glasses began to hurt. I thought I needed an adjustment, so I got one. It just got worse, starting to fester and get scaly and sting. Plus the sore area, although in the general shape of the nosepads, was larger than the area itself. Even the skin on my eyelids was puffy and itchy. I had the optician change my nosepads to a hypoallergenic pair. No luck. It started to hurt and bother me so much, I started to suspect the nickel in the glasses was either breaking through or was being exacerbated by something I ate--artifical colors in food seemed to make it worse, perhaps even something as benign as oatmeal. It was hard to pinpoint. I started to research metal allergies, started to put two and two together. In the meantime, I ordered a pair of plastic eyeglasses, but even that hurt because the skin on my nose was already gone. I was desperate, needing to see, but dreading to put anything on my nose. I cried about my tale of woe to my mother-in-law and she and her lady friend trimmed down some of the Dr. Scholl Bunion Pads to fit on my nose pads. (That was pretty cute.) So, yes, finally I did the obvious: even though I hate them, I bought a pair of contact lenses. I got out an old pair of glasses to wear when I could no longer stand the contacts, 3 hours was about the max at first.

I applied some Essie (a nail polish brand) Sensitive Skin basecoat to the metal of all my glasses and used a little of my son's DermaSmooth oil (which makes his eczema nearly disappear) on the raw patches of my nose. Within 2-3 days, I was healed.

During this last bout, I was so tired, all the time, falling asleep every afternoon, after putting my toddler down for his nap. I thought I was just old, too old, that maybe I should never have had a baby at such an advanced age (42!). I obviously couldn't keep up, but then too, I thought that maybe it was normal. Don't all parents of toddlers feel like they can't keep up? Still, I was exhausted all the time.

Okay, after all this, what is my point? Just this: today, for the first time since college, I wore contact lenses all day. As usual, I lay down after putting my toddler down for his nap and then realized "But I'm not tired." And I was able to forge through the rest of the day.

Can you imagine? Could it be so simple? Could my rashes, my fatigue & all that misery simply have been caused by a nickle allergy? I'm positive I have my answer. I haven't gone to the doctor with all this--I don't really need the bills when they couldn't help me before.

My own research has been exhaustive, but I can't post any links yet, since i haven't done 10 posts here yet. If anyone else is interested, email me.

I continue to research the nickle content of food and am even wary of my underwire bra. There's so much we don't know.

But I'm starting to feel like a brand new woman.

patio
08-16-2009, 02:34 PM
Most lipsticks contain alum, a metal (?aluminum) which many are allergic to. I can't wear lipstick but can wear glosses, gels, etc. I am also highly allergic to nickel in foods and am having a horrible, eczema-filled summer.

Rhapsody,

Boy am I glad to find you. What a familiar tale! I am also a 40 year old woman who is allergic to nickel. It doesn't seem to be "contact dermatitis" for me (meaning, I don't have rashes on my skin from jewelry - although I don't think I wear any jewelry with nickel in it - though my wedding ring is 14k gold, so maybe I do).

My problem is that my lips hurt/burn 24/7. It's taken me over a year to identify nickel (in my diet) as the culprit. I'm at day 10 of trying out a nickel-free diet in order to confirm that it's the nickel making my lips hurt. The problem is that, when researching which foods contain nickel online, the lists don't agree. They all agree as to the worst offenders, but then there are some foods on the "ok" list on some sites (corn, beer/wine, lettuce) but the same foods are on the "avoid" list on other sites. Some have trace amounts, and for fruits/vegetables, I think it depends on the soil they're grown in.

The lists all agree that the only foods that are pretty much 100% nickel-free are meat and dairy (including eggs). So 10 days ago, I started eating nothing but meat and dairy (and drinking nothing but distilled water, since tap water has traces of nickel in it). Pretty severe, yes, and don't worry - I don't plan to do it more than 2 weeks.

Results so far (besides losing 7 pounds in 9 days, which was really quite cool after the holidays, albeit alarming at the same time) - my lips feel better than they have since this burning sensation hit in Sept. 05. I'm disappointed, though, that they don't yet feel 100% normal. My plan was to wait until they felt normal and then add back the "low nickel content" foods one by one so I can find out which of them bother me the most/least. I may have to move forward with that even though my lips aren't 100% because I don't know how much longer I can do this severe diet. It can't be good for me.

Today I realized that the couple of days I've worn lipstick during this test, my lips have felt slightly worse, so lipstick may have to go as well. I'm trying to keep really good notes on everything I do.

Rhapsody, I'd love to continue to compare notes so we can learn from each other. I keep searching the web thinking surely someone has already done all this hard work for us!

algirl
02-26-2010, 09:16 PM
I was just wondering if there might be someone here in the forums that has had to deal with this allergy..... with in jewelry, food, clothing and household/work items.

I am almost 40 years old and while I have never had an allergy of this type - I have just recently become allergic to Nickel and Nickel Sulphate which is often found in jewelry and most common daily foods, especially in green food and citrus fruit.

Any HELP would be greatly Appreciated!!

... for I am tired of all the daily coughing, nasal & chest congestion, spitting up of thick phlegm... not to mention the body rash from where the metal touches my body.

I cannot wear my wedding band any more - :(

>^.^<
wondering has anyone here swallowed a nickle or other item when young or older??
I did, when i was a child and I have many metal allergies and more. hmmm never did find the nickle. I have had x-rays over the years, upper and lower gi series, never looking for a nickle tho. had a sever abdominal infection that they were not sure where it came from. I am much older now, with reactions to everything, it seems, now. seems I have had the metal allergy always. never ware jewelry due to rashes I get. This nickle thing has me wondering. Never did get along with dairy tho. [B] Wondering if any of you swallowed anything? thx for any imput :rolleyes::confused:

algirl
02-26-2010, 11:57 PM
oh found out water has nickle in it too.

Rhapsody
02-27-2010, 02:21 AM
Nope, never swallowed any coins that I am aware of - and yes Nickel is in about everything we eat (and some drinks) - hence why people with this allergy can have it rough at times.

tied
03-01-2010, 11:56 PM
never swallowed anything, but something i did gave me a tatoo. i don't remember how it happened. it is on my finger so i probably got a pencil lead or something in it.

my allergy is not to nickle but to a dental filling called the empress.

Jasmine33
03-11-2010, 05:44 PM
WOW - I had no idea that Nickel was in so many foods!! As you say, a nickel free diet is near impossible. This could explain a lot about chronic health problems I have been having. I have recently discovered that I am allergic to Nickel. It's actually been a problem for many years, but it is only recently that the penny dropped and I made the connection to nickel and asked to be tested. I play the flute, and one day after playing for a good few hours, my face and neck and chest were a mess and my mouth and throat were really itchy - that's when it clicked - I'm allergic to my flute!! This is a big problem for me, because it is my job - so what to do??? However, I hadn't realised that it was in food too - oh my goodness -we are literally poisoning ourselves. No wonder I have been ill for so many years. I was told I have M.E./C.F.S., but may be it's all to do with the Nickel?? I will need to do some research. I will keep an eye on this thread. Good luck to you.

NO.... I have never had any surgery that involved implants or metal devices and YES.... I have the Nickel Kit for items, but that does not help much with food that I eat. I did however realize this week that the Vitamin that I take has 5mg of Nickel added to it, therefore, I am changing to Centrum (reg formula for adults) for it does not add Nickel to its vitamin.... other formulas of Centrum do however, so one with a Nickel allergy must read the label to find out.

I have already been to my doctor and a dermatologist and they both have confirmed that it is indeed the Nickel that I am allergic to, they have a Nickel Testing Patch.

Still lost and hoping that someone else may come along that has this problem as well and maybe they can HELP me out a little.... for eating a Nickel FREE diet is near to impossible. :eek: :confused: :eek:

nickeltemp
04-09-2010, 04:17 PM
i was just reading up on the posts here and noticed a post or two where someone said they had switched to centrum regular due to it not containing nickel. I just wanted to point out that is FALSE INFORMATION. Centrums regular multivitamin as well as every other type of centrum contains 5 mcg nickel. I read another post by the person who started this thread that said equate womens formula does not have nickel. Im having problems finding the mens formula label online, but ill be stopping by my local vitamin shop this week to hopefully check. Ill update this week.

Rhapsody
04-10-2010, 03:01 PM
i was just reading up on the posts here and noticed a post or two where someone said they had switched to centrum regular due to it not containing nickel. I just wanted to point out that is FALSE INFORMATION. Centrums regular multivitamin as well as every other type of centrum contains 5 mcg nickel.

Please take note that the few post you are referring too were written back in 2006... that was four years ago, therefore, the company could have changed its regular formula since then - I always recommend that all labels be read before using. :o

P.S.
If I remember right I was referring to plain regular vitamins and not multivitamins as I cannot take them due to nickle being in the minerals.

mpkempf
04-26-2010, 10:07 AM
My daughter was diagnosed with a nickel allergy when she was two yrs old. It started with the button on her jeans. She is now 13 and this has been a life altering allergy. I have read all of the posts and have some tips for some of you. For jewlery, go James Avery. All of ther jewlery is nickel free, even thier silver. She has been having trouble with her razors as some of you have and I found a titanium razor made by schick that you can get at walmart or target. Titanuim doesnt contain nickel, so for eyeglasses and jewlery and razors look for it. She has to put tape on the buttons of her jeans, the fingernail polish thing works but you CANNOT use clear. It has to be a colored paint. We went to a baseball game the other day and by that evening her legs were broken out in a horrible rash. We had sat on alluminum bleachers and she was wearing a tennis skirt. (its everywhere, in places that you dont even think about!) We carry a towel in the car so when we go to restraunts that have metal chairs or somewhere with metal seats she can sit on the towel. When she breaks out we first of all wash the area thouroughly (a lot of metals, especially alluminum leaves a dust on your skin that you have to wash off) then put hydrocortizone cream on it, then a big dose of benadryl. By the next day the rash was gone. I saw a post about a woman who's lips are burning, you might switch to plastic silverware. In my 11 years of researching this allergy I have found out that nickel is also in blue eyeshadow, and the green felt on pool tables. I stained our picnic table last year and she started breaking out when she sat on it. After doing some research, I found out that stain contains nickel. Even if her towel gets put on the picnic table and she uses it after getting out of the pool she will break out. Its fine to stain your furniture, you just have to put a coat of polyurithane on it. She is in shop class and deals with stain and metal all the time, but wears gloves to protect herself. I am constantly finding common everyday things that youd never think of that have nickel. Its a lifelong learning process. Anytime she breaks out we start looking at what she has been in contact with that could possibly contain nickel. Thank the LORD in heaven she doesnt seem to have any of the food issues, just contact. But, her allergy is getting worse. I was told when she was diagnosed that this type of allergy normally gets worse over time. Unfortunatly all you can do is alter your life around it. Nickel proof your home like you would baby proof for a baby. She keeps gloves in her locker and here at home and like I mentioned we always carry a towel or blanket to have a barrier between her and anything metal.

michelet
06-06-2010, 09:37 PM
Well, I have the "eczema" like rash around my eyes, sometimes around my mouth (both things people have posted about) plus the dishydrotic eczema on my hands, and a rash on my neck and arms:( I am going to get a patch test from the dermatologist in July. I took my earrings out today after discovering this thread. I miss them by the way. I have also been told by my chiropractor (who does acupuncture and muscle testing) that I have sensitivity to corn and gluten. An herbalist I have been seeing confirmed this, and also told me that I should avoid rice and basically all grains. My condition has thoroughly ruined my life and self-esteem. I was on a diet of mainly vegetables, meat, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and mozarella sticks for a month, and before that I was gluten free for around two months. The rash never went away, I had good days and bad days as always. Now I'm wondering if I could have nickel allergy, since my symptoms are so similar to many people posting on here. I don't want to wait until the week of July 12th (patch test week) to change my habits. I would like to try the low nickel diet now. Like many of you, I have looked it up and sites are contradicting each other constantly about levels of nickel in foods. Can one of you experienced with this allergy give me some basic food guidelines that have shown results for you?As for contact nickel, I have not worn make up or jewelry since the rash showed up, and I mostly stay in pajamas because I am home all the time. I will worry about that stuff when I feel better. However, cooking utensils? I have always been told to use the metal ones to avoid toxins in the coatings of the other ones, so I am confused as to what I can use

Patkcee
07-10-2010, 03:13 PM
Hi, it is great that I have found this site. I started having a problem with my lips chapping, burning, blistering and pretty much just in pain and feel awful. I went to my doctor who in turn sent me to my dermatologist. She did an allergy patch test, which was awful and we found that I am allergic to nickel and cobalt. I have always had an allergy to certain metals so I generally just stayed away from most metals except 14k gold. Now I have to find a lipstick that I can use that does not make my lips hurt. I made chocolate chip cookies for my grand kids and ate some, that was a big mistake. I have eaten chocolate all of my life. My doctor gave me a 130 page book an the sunject matter. What can you suggest?

lyndarva
07-19-2010, 01:44 PM
First, I will mention I just recently read to make sure you don't leave any change out where a young child or pet could lick it -- that even licking it could give a dangerous nickle reaction.

Allergies can give approximately 30 different symptoms. Everyone reacts differently to an allergen. I have over 25 tested food allergies and other drug and environmental allergies. Until you read a comprehensive list of possible reactions you have no idea that some things could be allergy reactions and not separate medical problems.

Some people don't understand the extent of some allergy reactions. Some people are so severely allergic to a food that kissing someone after they ate that food can give you a reaction; for some, inhaling the odor, etc. can give a reaction. I heard someone talking about someone here that works in a bakery having celiac disease -- that isn't uncommon. From what the doctors have told me, the more I am exposed to an allergen, the worse my reactions will be. I have esonphilic esophagitis as a result of all of the allergies. Some times my food gets impacted in my esophagus.

I have had some reactions to certain jewelry and was told that was nickel reaction. Some of the foods I am allergic to do have nickel in them and I had not made the connection. The whole subject of food allergies is very very complicated - and controversial.

Pame
07-30-2010, 11:11 PM
The FDA has tested the amounts of the different metals in foods. Go to page 129 for nickel. I made my own list of foods from lowest to highest in nickel and try to avoid anything above .08. There are a lot of foods in the list and it is very helpful. Some things like nuts, beans, chocolate and oatmeal are so high I get an immediate very itchy rash when I eat them.

*edit*

Also, I just learned that when they hydrogenate oils they use nickel to process the oils. I had already realized I reacted to hydrogenated oils and I'm guessing the nickel processing is the reason.

eighty8fingers
09-23-2010, 01:48 PM
I'm a 42 year old woman who just got diagnosed with dishydrotic exzema on my hands due to my nickel allergy. Knew I was allergic to nickel for years due to contact issues but never imagined the foods I was eating were causing this rash. I would definitely be interested in emailing you to see what you have learned about nickel in food. Thanks!

arfenton
10-12-2010, 02:51 PM
I am a 41 year old woman and I've had serious nickel allergies since I was 5 years old (when I got my ears pierced). I can't believe that none of my doctors figured out that my lifelong battle with eczema must be related to my nickel allergy!

As a child and teenager I had chronic disydrotic eczema on my hands and feet, and I still get flareups now when I'm under stress -- in fact the outbreaks are how I know that I am too stressed out and need to slow down.

I have a huge ugly scar on my back from a bout of discoid eczema (thankfully people think it's a birthmark when I wear a bathing suit).

I have balding/permanent hair loss at my temples from the constant scratching caused by sebhorreic dermatitis (scalp eczema). I wear my hair really long and parted in the middle to cover this up.

Today, I took a look at the 'high nickel' food list and I eat them ALL in abundance: I eat salmon 3x per week, eat a spinach salad every day, nuts in oatmeal EVERY morning, I adore chocolate... I've been poisoning myself all my life!

Additionally I have always suffered from gastrointenstinal distress, constipation, IBS, etc and I am wondering if it might be caused from the nickel allergy, because it's the gut that leeches the nickel out of the food that you're eating.:(

This is how I know for A FACT that the nickel in my food is the problem: when I went on the Adkins diet, all my symptoms disappeared.

So today I guess I will start an elimination diet to see if I can get this under control. A low nickel diet is really severe and frankly unappealing to me... :(:(

glenntaj
10-13-2010, 06:30 AM
--if there are other factors involved, particularly gluten sensitivity (it's interesting that your symptoms idsappeared on Atkins, which wouldn't allow for gluten-containing foods) . . .

Pame
10-21-2010, 09:49 PM
I found a really helpful list in the book “Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life” by Cherie Calbom where they listed the nickel and standardized the portion sizes based on fda testing:

Micrograms (Mcg) Nickel per 100 grams edible portion (100 grams = 3 1/2 ounces)

700 Soybeans, dry; 500 beans, dry; 410 Soy flour; 310 Lentils; 250 Split Peas; 175 Green Beans; 150 Oats; 132 Walnuts; 122 Hazelnuts; 100 Buckwheat; 90 Barley; 90 Corn; 90 Parsley;

36 Whole wheat; 35 Spinach; 30 Fish; 27 Cucumber; 25 Carrots; 25 Rye Bread; 24 Eggs; 22 Cabbage; 20 Onions; 20 Tomatoes; 16 Apricots; 16 Beef; 16 Oranges; 16 Potatoes; 15 Cheese; 15 Watermelon; 14 Lettuce; 13 Apples; 12 Whole Wheat Bread; 12 Beets; 12 Pears; 8 Grapes; 6 Lamb; 6 Pine Nuts; 6 Radishes; 3 Milk
For anyone new-Chocolate is also extremely high in nickel. (Sorry)

Some of the foods listed as high in nickel on some web sites like salmon tested with no nickel on the fda website.

Fish Slayer
11-30-2010, 10:15 AM
Fish Slayer - In 2007, the "US Food and Drug Administration" created a "Total Diet Study" which lists the average mg/kg for various elements, including "Nickel", for a variety of foods tested. I can't post the link because I'm a new user, but if you search on those key words plus "Summary of Results" you should get it. The last column lists the average.

While this is not comprehensive, it provides more data than just a list, and has lower level information for those who are more sensitive. Of course, any food listed that has multiple ingredients will likely have different mg/kg depending on how it's made, but at least it's a ballpark.

Looking at this list, Nickel content in iceberg lettuce is a medium level. Since Ni concentration in foods will vary depending on the Ni concentration in the soil where the food was grown, possibly the USFDA list will be more representative for food bought in the US than the Danish list. I hope this helps!

Harmony, Thanks a lot for the link.

It has been a while since I last checked in on this thread, I thought that it was so old that it was probably pretty dead, but there has been a lot of good info posted since I last checked, this reference included.

Something that I took from it was the large variation in prepared foods like French fries or chicken sandwiches. I think it is probably due to the other ingredients (fried foods cooked in corn oil verses peanut oil will have a huge difference in nickel content) and even cooking utensils, stainless vs cast iron, etc. I would like to have seen more base foods on the list, but this is a great resource. I suppose most people eat out a good deal, so testing prepared foods and fast foods makes sense, then again this group is not most people and I think this group as a whole is probable resigned to eating at home most of the time.

Thanks again Harmony.

Fish Slayer
11-30-2010, 10:29 AM
Thank you for this community. My daughter first reacted to nickel when she was a baby from the snaps of her onsies. She is now 11, and I have let so much damage go on. She is obese, rash from head to toe, severe scars from rash near the rivots in her jeans, eczema, swollen lips, and just looks like she is retaining water. I have done everything you can think of to eliminate the contact. It has just really hit me. I make her eat nickel in high doses every day by giving her a granola bar, eating nuts for snacks, can vegetables and soups, salads, wheat bread. I could go on,... Pretty much everything on the lists. I want to cry. I have been doing everything wrong. Trying to make her eat better has only forced more nickel into her diet. I could go on and on about her symptoms and reactions and such. She is very active in sports, but is very exhausted other times. Looking back she has always experienced a lot of upset tummys and vomitting. I have wanted to help her eat right for her weight and health, and I am practically poisoning her. She has dermatologist and Peditrician. But its down to the diet and more strict no contact to nickel. I wondered if the Atkins diet would be a plan and an idea for a day to day following. I do not want to give up. I want her to feel better. Gosh the school lunches probably serve their vegetable and other things out of cans, the water fountain, WOW!!!!

I was doing a similar thing to myself, trying to lower cholesterol by eating whole grains, nuts etc. Chocolate was one of my favorite indulgences….
I don’t think any particular weight loss diet is going to be well suited. You might be better off going old school, and using common sense. Stick within the known safe foods for now. Try preparing foods yourself instead of store bought. Fresh fruits instead of canned etc. Try to avoid canned foods, especially acidic ones. Doing that alone should also help with weight control. Try not to use stainless steel cookware especially if you are cooking acidic foods. I try to use cast iron whenever possible, as some of the non stick pans use a nickel plating under the non stick surface.

After your daughter is feeling better, try to introduce some “unknown” foods, ones that are not on the list of high or low nickel foods, as the lists I have found are far from complete and a bit contradictory.

Fish Slayer
11-30-2010, 10:43 AM
Hi there,
I feel so much better now that i've found this site!
I've been allergic to Nickel for over a year now, most of that time was spent trying to find out what this misterious rash was!
I've been to the doctors and dermatologists time after time only to walk out in fits of tears and a perscription for anti-hystomines(?)
Ive now been told im immune to anytype of anti-hystomines and awaiting yet another dermatologist appointment.

I was put on steriod tablets for a while, this may be helpfull to some. It helped start to clear the painfull rash, but i became severly depressed on them and was advised by my doctor to stop the tablets.

I feel kind of thrown into the deep end at this stage. Being told you have a nickel allergy and then your left to just deal and figure out for yourself how to cope!

But how?!! How can you avoid contact with nickel?! its in almost EVERYTHING!
Simple tasks such as opening my bedroom door, or flushing the toilet, washing your hands. These tasks cannot be completed without touching nickel! As far as i know!

I have not tryed the nickel free diet yet, but i would like to know if anyone could reccomend any sites that explain this diet. Part of my reaction is on the corner of my lip and sometimes i can't even open my mouth in order to eat as the skin cracks deeply. Possibly a nickle-free diet could be the awnser?

I wondered if anyone knew any razors i could use for shaving that do not contain nickel?

Also does glitter contain nickel?

Can i get a peircing and what jewelry can i wear?
I used to have 7 ear peircings, but upon finding out about the allergy i have removed the earings and they have sadly closed up. sadface.

Can i have a tattoo safely?

I know some of my questions may sound stupid, but i just don't know what to do anymore. There's no way of figuring out if an item in question contains nickel as it doesn't come with a list of ingredients/componants like food does.
Ive looked everywhere and i've had no luck so far.

I also read a few months ago that a nickel allergy can be classed as a long term disability depending on the severity, does anyone know how true this is?

Id love to hear back from anyone,
thanks a bunchhh! =]

xx

As far as shaving goes, how sensitive are you? Most of the modern razors are mostly plastic with only the blades being stainless.

You could go old school, buying a double edged safety razor. Most of these are also plated, but you might be able to find some without nickel. Some of the antique ones are gold plated, but might have a nickel layer under the gold and lacquer. Some appear to be brass, or maybe have had all of the plating worn off. There are a couple DE of razors that are made of plastic both antique and current production. As for blades, there are a couple of manufacturers still using non stainless “blue steel”.
If you research this type of razor, you will also see there is a wide variety of shaving soaps and creams that do not come in a can. Most are intended to be used with an old school brush, but most feel the lather is far superior to anything in a can. You will most certainly be able to find something that will not irritate your skin.

Google "Badger and Blade" for a site with more than you ever wanted to know about old school shaving.

Rhapsody
12-01-2010, 11:56 AM
Hi there..... it me the originator of this thread and I am here today to warn others of the risk of working in the yard (soil) with out gloves on when you are allergic to Nickle... sadly I found this out the hard way.

My family and I had just recently moved into a new house on Nov 1st when about three weeks into living there my husband and I decided to do some yard work... a lot of weeding was needing to be done by hand and I could not find locate my garden gloves (prob not unpacked yet) so I preceded to pull up the weeds with my bare exposed hands..... BIG MISTAKE!!

My hands were very dirty by the time I finished pulling weeds for two hours and the rich fresh soil was all around my nails and cuticles. I cleaned up and went about my way for day and when I woke up the next morning my finger tips were sore and by mid day many of my fingers tips has become red and swollen..... by the time the second day had rolled around several of fingers tips has become infected around the nail area.

I had to have several of the nail areas lanced, cleaned out with an anti-bacterial flush (wont talk about what came out) and I was put on antibiotics to help with the long healing process..... this is the day I found out from my doctor that the infection was due to the Nickle that had made its way into my body via one of its natural sources "the dirt/soil" - - - - :eek:

What can I say, but no more bare hands when gardening.

AltaBird
12-05-2010, 01:25 AM
Does anyone have experience with stone grinding wheat? Our allergy dr mentioned that nickel in wheat flour is from the grinding process. I did some research and there is stone ground wheat flour. I'm wondering if that would be nickel free (or at least lower). My son was recently diagnosed with a nickel allergy and we are trying to reduce the nickel in his diet. But it is hard not to make it seem like a punishment. No pizza, bread, etc... Not something a 4 year old can wrap his head around.

Fish Slayer
12-15-2010, 01:34 PM
Does anyone have experience with stone grinding wheat? Our allergy dr mentioned that nickel in wheat flour is from the grinding process. I did some research and there is stone ground wheat flour. I'm wondering if that would be nickel free (or at least lower). My son was recently diagnosed with a nickel allergy and we are trying to reduce the nickel in his diet. But it is hard not to make it seem like a punishment. No pizza, bread, etc... Not something a 4 year old can wrap his head around.

Everyone seems to have different sensitivity so my experience may be different from yours. I have been trying to avoid foods with nickel for about 2 years now. I try to use common lists on foods to avoid and have challenged some foods that I just do not want to give up. Most of the time I find that I loose the challenge. What I am trying to imply is that I can tell when I eat a food that is high in nickel, at least in my own sensitivity range.
In regards to wheat, the information that I read states that whole wheat (and whole grains in general) are high in nickel, but processed (white) wheat is OK. That would imply that there is a higher concentration of nickel in the husks or germ of many grains (my own assumption). I do not limit white flour (pizza crust and white bread included) in my own diet and have not found an issue. I have not thought about the mill and getting nickel from stainless steel parts. I would think that stainless steel would be a poor material for the part of the mill that would actually grind the grain. I would suspect that an industrial mill would have something harder for the grinding teeth, tungsten carbide or a minimum of hardened steel (which would not contain large amount of nickel). The “stone ground” label on the flour is probably more of a marketing term than anything. (Tungsten carbide is a ceramic so would you consider that a stone?).
I worry more about liquids, especially acidic ones in contact with metals. I try to avoid products packaged in metal cans, especially acidic ones like tomato sauce and have abandoned my stainless coffee mug.
I do not eat whole wheat products, but have not challenged them yet. I may as my wife is prefers whole wheat products and is pushing me to try.
I do get blindsided by things that are not listed anywhere occasionally. Beware of ginger and gingerale it took me a while to figure out that the burn in my throat that I felt when drinking gingerale was not normal…. Winter squash (pumpkins and spaghetti squash) also got me as well as pomegranates.
I hope this helps. These allergies seem to be a personal thing, my tolerance to nickel will be different than your son’s. To make things even worse, most people are allergic to more than 1 thing. I think 3 things were average for people suffering from esonophillic esophagitus (a condition caused by an allergic reaction). Myself I am also allergic to beef and some pollen that is high in late winter and early spring.
Hang in there, I do miss may foods that I can no longer eat, but after an initial drop in weight, I have found plenty of things to eat and loosing weight has not been a problem.

yellowted
01-10-2011, 07:41 AM
hi rapsody, i am not allergic to nickel but am allergic to wheat, soya, dairy,tomatoes, celery, sticking plasters(even antiallergy ones and micropore tape) perfumes, sprays, all three types of pollen, plus many other things including some allergy tablets!
yep allergies suck!
I find avoidance is the best option but where you can't avoid then prepare for the reaction by taking an antihistamine tablet daily and keep antihistamine cream in your hand bag to use as soon as the reaction starts. I too have dermititis, i find a cortosone cream works during flare ups and to keep it at bay during periods of quiet time i use drapolene cream, ok it is designed for nappy rash but is fantastic for dermititis too!!!
most recipes can be adapted to just include foods you can eat, maybe it would help you to list the foods you are able to eat and work from that rather than the list of foods you can't as this just reminds you of what you are missing rather than introducing you to alternatives you have not tried before! some alternatives may turn out to be really good, ok some may not but that is just trial and error, you got to try it to find out!

Michellesatt
01-13-2011, 09:48 PM
I was woundering dose SNUS have nickel in it. My son has a nickel allergy and he dose SNUS.

karrie0201
01-16-2011, 05:24 AM
Hi All,

Just joined this site as a nickel sufferer for 13 yrs I redcently got worse the past three years, I have had every ailment under the sun you name it I have seriously suffered that much that it put me in hospital for two weks in March 2007 because I hd poisend my body with nickel.
I took up the acoustic guitar three years ago ws fine for six months the a mate of mine told me to use nickel strings for a better sound - as I was 39 at the time I was diagnosed with nickel allergy at 27 so it will be more around 15 yrs now but I never thought about it as it never seemed to affect me that much so forgot all about it. I did suffer some allergies to cetain foods like acidity / vinegar etc but that was all but it was since I use nickel strings for 2.5 yrs that things got from bad to serious life threatening.
I have spent the last year soing y own research as MY NHS for theuk Hospital specialists did not have a clue how to treat me exzcept give me uvb light treatment which only clear the skin surface not the problem from with in-
Now I have done my research and I mean I have gone as far as possible and it turns out that Nickel and Mercury causes Gluten / MSG allergies. If you want to ease the itchy skin and get it cleared up it will tak an average of 4-6 months depending on how long/serious rash /blistering skin is I have had blistering skin disease due to nickel for at least on and off 18 monthsvery painful and distressing often thinking at times of suicide /depression which ispart of the symtoms among other things like Flu / nausea / chest pains cramp muscle spasms bloating laryngitus etc stomach acid being very tired each day.
My answer to everyone who does suffer from any of the above chnage your diet asap or you will never heal I now live of chicken / porkand ham/gammon ( do not eat steak / beef bad for your condition)anything containing yeast which is a preservative to combat food decay or any food thats been cooked and has been injected with preservatives you must only eat fresh meat you cook yourself or is cooked with no seasoming etc.
Avoid bread / biscuits dairy products eve eggs as the yoke contains nickel MSG(Monosodium Glutamate) known as the chinese takeaway disease is very bad for you it aggravates you itchy skin condition which I have no doubt you have all heard the word uracateria - well thats what I thought I had but it turns out nickel causes Dermatitus herpetiformis which is a blistering skin disease of water blisters which form and are very itchy and when knocked it turns into a very itchy spot /rash that can get infected and eitherlast for days /weeks or months at a time- know this for a fact because I have suffered badly from this and still now and again get a sudden burst when I try something new.
I have had all the creams antibiotics anti-estimenes waste of money antibotics god for infection but thats all if you want to get beeter then read on>>>>>>>>>>
Do not eat

Steak /beef eat white fish only no additives each chicken and pork ( also bacon and gammon (not ham) only eat butter ( no vegatable oil or Olive oil) as these iols are bad for you you must only use Sunflower oil for cooking onlyor butter.Do not use gravy as this can contain harmful ingredients like yeast and soya (I have tried Boulion gravey does not work as all items contain at least one harmful additative)

Do not at at any bread products. I have tried gluten free wheat free and egg free bread but it containd yeast which made my skin react so cut it out altogether only tried this bread after going 12 months without but don not miss it and the weight just drops off.

Do not at anything thats green as in vegatbles or fruit do not eat any kind of tomatoes or onions because of the acidity avoid all canned foods or foods in plastic bags like soups as the lining on the inside is nickel which containates the product which kills the bacteria in foods.

avoid barley /oats / wheat / soya and malt product malt and barley are found in most cereals and vingar products spirit vinegar is also a no go'er.
if you like your patoato chips (Crisps as we call them in th uk )then only eat ready salted or sea salt butit has to say Gluten / Msg free on the packet as I have found out many manufacturers put gluten/wheat /yeast /and msg into these foods so you must eat those crips only anything flavoured will keep aggravating the skin disorder.

Drinks - no other drinks allowed except for Cider this is safe Magners is best or Cider that only conatains suphites and nothing else other than alcohol Suphites is low on MSg plus the sugar turns to alchohol anyway so its very safe to drink bottle only no cans as all aluminium cans arenickel lined inside ( I know because its all I drink now when I decide to go for a drink with the lads and lassies. If you drink beer or red wine stop asap tried it does not work you have eliminate all the offending ffods and drinks if you really want to get this under control.
I have just been registered in the UK as a gluten free patient based on my own research which I had to prove to the medical board of Skin specialist who agred that Ihad tried and tesated foods over thew last 2 yrs on and office and writing down the effects which sometimes could take a couple of hours or two days to show.

If you drink tea/coffe and lots of it like I used to this must cease as these conatin yeasts /sugars which makes it worse do not drink coffee you can buy Green and Black tea which is a combined product which you can have with milk (the milk must be lactose free) you cannot use normal milk I changed my milk after months of eliminating and I am OK with lactose free milk

You must not eat any flour unless it states that it is gluten and wheat free which is mostly topica flour etc

This is what you can eat....

Small amount of carrots each day / small amount of potatoes (no green vegatables) you can also eat turnip (not swede)do not at any kind of sprout there all effect your condition eat plenty of fresh chicken / turkey / pork you can eat lamb but only once ina while but you must not at steak / beef tried introducing it made my sin react, all meat must be fresh and not bought cooked you must either have them cooked in a restuarant so you can eat them once its done or cook it yourself the foods must not be contaminated with any offending foods that has had wheat in in it ike batered stuff etc if you like chips like me only eat oven chips cooked in Sunflower oil will say on packet 98% sunflower 2% salt these have no effect on you condition what-so-ever if your bothered about putting on weight (don't worry)as with cutting out the bad/offending foods you will lose weight and feel healthier with in three months and your skin will start to clear up the scars will take longer but you will feel better in yourself but I will not lie it will take at east six months to nine months for it to ressolve but you must stick to the diet as I have done its frustrating at times but the outcome is a better way of life for you add me to msn if you want to chat regarding my findings avoid fruit altogether especially acidy fruite like oranges limes some apples etc but most fruits conatin knickel from natuarl resources fromt he ground there grown in if you like bakdpotatoes take the skin of befoe you cook it as I have found out the skin heats into the potatoe tried eating them fro a week and reacted took skin off then cooked them no reaction the knickel is in the skin I have rambled on long eneough like said add me to msn on the above e-mail address as my doctor says asfar as he knows I am the only person in the uk to have done my own research into my condition and allergies / or hypersensitivities to certain foods etc wghich I am thinking about writing abook next year as I have helped some people with eczema and there have done what i suggestd and there conditon cleared up afer 6 weeks - if you suffer from eczema do not eat airy products not even eggs / yougurtetc and only drink lactose free milk see ya bye Hopethis info helps

Regards Mark from England

HI Mark Your thread has beevery helpful. I have been suffering from what my doctor called "impetigo" on my chin for the last 8 or 9 years and more recently eczema and severely swollen eyes andlips. I had to demand a referral to a dermatologist,which I had to pay for and have now found out that I have a severe nickel allergy. I also suffered from hormone imbalance and depression! I now know that it was not only being in contact with nickel that has been making me sick, I have also been ingesting copious amounts of this in tea, chocolate, wine etc and eat a varied diet with lots of the foods you mentioned in your post. Ihope to use your research in treating myself.

Thank you so much!

S. J.
01-16-2011, 12:38 PM
Hi, all. Another nickel avoider here.

I cut out the following, some many years ago, some more recently:

sugars/sweeteners
packaged/prepared/refined foods
grains
legumes
nuts/seeds and their oils
fruits, except for lemons, olives, cucumbers, and in the summers, a few berries
nightshades
milk and cheese

Can you tell I don't go out to eat? :)

i don't drink alcohol nor smoke.

I eat beef, beef fat, beef/calf/chicken liver, wild salmon, egg yolks (am allergic to whites), a few herbs and only certain vegetables, butter, cream. This winter the vegetables are: celery, turnips and sometimes, Brussel sprouts. I make yoghurt from light cream. I drink a bit of weak black tea (green tea causes allergic reactions) with cream, pastured butter, and/or beef fat in it. Sometimes with a pinch of sea salt. I eat fewer than 20 total carbs (not net) per day. I alternate days of eating vegetables and follow some of the recommendations of the FailSafe diet list.

The FailSafe diet blog at wordpress has been of great help to me. It is an elimination diet to discover sensitivities to many things, such as salicylates, amines, goitrogens, oxalates, opioids, etc.

Dr. Kurt Harris' dietary recommendations at his blog, PaleoNu, have helped me immeasurably.

I make sure there are at least 15 hours between supper and breakfast. I've been reading more about intermittent fasting, autophagy, and the benefits of a ketogenic diet for neuronal repair.

I use a Berkey water filter, including the cartridges to also remove fluoride and chlorine.

I do not use commercial grooming, laundry and dish supplies, due to the chemicals. I avoid anything with fragrances, as they are made from petroleum derivatives. I make all my own soaps and creams, for all uses.

Doing these things, among others, has given me relief from many symptoms and rarely have difficulties of allergic reactions.

I wish you all much success in your steps. :)

Abbie
01-16-2011, 02:08 PM
Hello Michelle and WELCOME to Neurotalk!

I'm afraid I don't know what SNUS is but wanted to take a moment to welcome you to our little family.

Please feel free to roam around and join in anywhere! Pull up a chair and stay a while!

If you would like please feel free to post a little about yourself on our New Member Introduction Forum. http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/forum88.html (http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/forum88.html)

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Abbie
01-16-2011, 02:19 PM
HI Mark Your thread has beevery helpful. I have been suffering from what my doctor called "impetigo" on my chin for the last 8 or 9 years and more recently eczema and severely swollen eyes andlips. I had to demand a referral to a dermatologist,which I had to pay for and have now found out that I have a severe nickel allergy. I also suffered from hormone imbalance and depression! I now know that it was not only being in contact with nickel that has been making me sick, I have also been ingesting copious amounts of this in tea, chocolate, wine etc and eat a varied diet with lots of the foods you mentioned in your post. Ihope to use your research in treating myself.

Thank you so much!


Hello Karrie and WELCOME to Neurotalk!

Just wanted to welcome you and let you know that Mark hasn't logged in here since 7/20/09, so you may not get a response.

You can see when a person last logged by clicking on their name and then "view public profile". You will see their last activity posted under their name.

If you would like, please feel free to post a little about yourself on our New Member Introduction Forum. http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/forum88.html (http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/forum88.html)

Please feel free to roam around and join in anywhere... pull up a chair and stay a while.

If you have any questions or need any assistance please don't hesitate to ask. Someone will always be along shortly to help in any way that we can.

I look forward to seeing you around the board.
:)
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BarryM
03-10-2011, 02:53 AM
My fiancee and I are planning on having an intimate, ideally small beach wedding in Santa Barbara. We're looking for a ring-maker who specializes in nature-based wedding bands, and hopefully local. If anyone has any wedding information regarding the Santa Barbara area, or your experiences during your wedding,any info to pass along, it would be much appreciated:)
Thanks!

WalkByFaith9790
03-18-2011, 03:57 AM
I was just wondering if there might be someone here in the forums that has had to deal with this allergy..... with in jewelry, food, clothing and household/work items.

I am almost 40 years old and while I have never had an allergy of this type - I have just recently become allergic to Nickel and Nickel Sulphate which is often found in jewelry and most common daily foods, especially in green food and citrus fruit.

Any HELP would be greatly Appreciated!!

... for I am tired of all the daily coughing, nasal & chest congestion, spitting up of thick phlegm... not to mention the body rash from where the metal touches my body.

I cannot wear my wedding band any more - :(



Just finished reading this whole thread lol. Took me a few days..but yeah..learned a lot about nickel allergy. I recently have been diagnosed. I'm not sure how sensitive I am to foods containing nickel but definitely I'm allergic to jewelery (even my real gold earrings and ring).

WalkByFaith9790
03-18-2011, 02:54 PM
I was just wondering if there might be someone here in the forums that has had to deal with this allergy..... with in jewelry, food, clothing and household/work items.

I am almost 40 years old and while I have never had an allergy of this type - I have just recently become allergic to Nickel and Nickel Sulphate which is often found in jewelry and most common daily foods, especially in green food and citrus fruit.

Any HELP would be greatly Appreciated!!

... for I am tired of all the daily coughing, nasal & chest congestion, spitting up of thick phlegm... not to mention the body rash from where the metal touches my body.

I cannot wear my wedding band any more - :(


Just finished reading this whole thread lol. Took me a few days..but yeah..learned a lot about nickel allergy. I recently have been diagnosed. I'm not sure how sensitive I am to foods containing nickel but definitely I'm allergic to jewelery (even my real gold earrings and ring). I have a question though, can being in contact with nickle cause multiple swollen lymph nodes?

abbycat1200
03-29-2011, 08:29 AM
Yes, it is possible to develop eczema/ dermatitis due to nickel allergy. I was recently tested at a dermatologist's office- allergic to nickel and cobalt. Nickel is in the food we eat, not just jewelry, eyeglasses, etc. After food journaling for a few weeks I discovered that I did get sick after eating foods high in nickel- headaches, stomachache, flushed cheeks and ears with hot skin like rosacea, welts on my neck, skin cancer like lesions, extremely dry skin on lips, nail cuticles, and soles of feet- very painful.




I to have am allergic to nickel. I think it may be causing dishydrotic eczema. I have severe blistering on the palms of my hands and the soles of my feet. The outbreaks seem to be sporadic and I can't find a common link. I am wondering if it is my diet. Does anyone else have this condition along with the nickel allergy. It is very painful.

abbycat1200
03-29-2011, 08:37 AM
Allergies develop at any age. Check with your jeweler about a higher grade of gold with no nickel. Even gold and silver jewelry can be mixed with nickel. Maybe Titanium jewelry?

I was just wondering if there might be someone here in the forums that has had to deal with this allergy..... with in jewelry, food, clothing and household/work items.

I am almost 40 years old and while I have never had an allergy of this type - I have just recently become allergic to Nickel and Nickel Sulphate which is often found in jewelry and most common daily foods, especially in green food and citrus fruit.

Any HELP would be greatly Appreciated!!

... for I am tired of all the daily coughing, nasal & chest congestion, spitting up of thick phlegm... not to mention the body rash from where the metal touches my body.

I cannot wear my wedding band any more - :(

abbycat1200
03-29-2011, 08:39 AM
I sympathize and have the exact same reactions. Very rare as told by my doctor.

ginger61
04-12-2011, 09:34 AM
Well, I have this allergy. Been allergic to nickel in jewelry long time, so wear only gold. Few years ago discovered it in multi-vitamin and was being treated for dermatitis. recently allergy got worse and unable to find md who knows of it. Dermatoligist told me "better do research as it's only in metal." :mad: and allergist doesn't know anything either. I have yet to be tested. From info found on internet, Vitamin C helps to absorb nickel (it works!) Even got info from CVS pharmasist to back up info found on 'net. :) I can tolerate low levels of food nickel as long as I don't eat too much. My question is, does anyone have issue with raised liver enzyme with no known cause?

ducks
04-15-2011, 03:57 PM
Hi

I'm new to nickel allergies! I haven't had time to read this whole thread yet, but hoping someone could answer this question for me. Are there any chemical symbols/synonyms for nickel which I might see in lists of ingredients in cosmetics etc? I mean, will it always be listed as just plain "nickel" (or NI), or are there other terms to look out for?

Thanks a lot.

Fish Slayer
05-16-2011, 05:40 PM
Hi

I'm new to nickel allergies! I haven't had time to read this whole thread yet, but hoping someone could answer this question for me. Are there any chemical symbols/synonyms for nickel which I might see in lists of ingredients in cosmetics etc? I mean, will it always be listed as just plain "nickel" (or NI), or are there other terms to look out for?

Thanks a lot.

Unfortunately food and cosmetic ingredients do not list elemental components (i.e. which elements are in the product). For instance, a cosmetic could list sunflower oil in its ingredients and if you did not know that nuts and seeds are typically high in nickel, then you might think that this product is alright when in fact it could have a significant amount of nickel in it.

That is one of the difficult things about this allergy, you can not just look at the ingredients and tell if it will be OK for you. Even lists that I have found on the internet have conflicting data. Things that are listed as avoid on one list are reported to be Ok on another. Maybe it depends on where the food was grown and what was in the soil there…. I still get blindsided sometimes

Bluesteele
06-09-2011, 07:11 AM
Hi, I have only just found out today that I have a nickel allergy. I am 33 and have suffered excema/hayfever my whole life. For the past 10 years (could be slightly more or less) if have had dermatitis on my hands. The constant dryness, itchiness, splitting and cracking over the years has been a constant source of distress. Only today have i found out the actual term, which escapes me at the moment. Dr's and pharmacists over the years have only ever provided me with short term topical treatments like cortisone creams.

A few weeks ago my hand became infected and my Dr referred me to a allergy and hormone specialist. I can tell you one thing I have never been more happy to find an answer to my issues. The specialist has put me on a nickel free/dairy free/wheat free diet which from the brief research I have done seems to be quite limiting. Other than the dermatitis there could be other issues such as hormonal and stomach issues. I came across this forum tonight and have read about half way down. My head is spinning. I can relate to a lot of people on this forum and am looking forward to gaining more knowledge in this area.

This next stage of my journey is looking to be one that will be challenging but if it will help me have a better quality of like then I am willing to do whatever it takes. To know I am not alone is an added bonus. :)

Sick & Tired
06-11-2011, 09:01 PM
I've just read most of the thread. I was diagnosed with a severe nickel allergy through the horrible patch tests last October and the spot they tested is still blistering now 8 months later. The dermatologist told me to wear titanium jewelery (I also have tested positive for a gold allergy and other things) but that it couldn't possibly be causing my constantly cracked and peeling fingertips which are getting so bad my fingernails have started to become bent and deformed. I also have many other symptoms - fatigue, mental fog, very poor short term memory, hair loss, unexplained tendonitis and bursitis and tearing in both shoulders, ridiculously heavy menstrual bleeding, burning ring of small blisters around my lips anytime I put anything on other than petroleum jelly, bloating & abdominal pain, and more. All of this started after the birth of my last child and a significant infection from a C-section. I have eliminated most nickel contact since I now have a test kit, but haven't tried the food elimination yet.

I have had many tests run for many conditions and the only thing that comes back abnormal has been my TSH but only slightly over the normal range here (5.01) and a small amount of tpo antibodies. I've been on a low dose of synthroid for 2 months and the fatigue and mental fog has improved a great deal but none of the other symptoms so far anyway.

I'm wondering if anyone else has thyroid issues as well? A lot of the reading I have done seems to link thyroid with autoimmune issues.

Thanks!

Autumn

ginger61
06-20-2011, 09:05 AM
Anyone who has a doctor not believing nickel in food, the following site give info. This site is of the company who does the allergy testing. *edit* click on each item and it will give more info. So glad my allergist believed me to start with. the allefgist who took off the patch thought I was crazy.

Numbers333
10-26-2011, 10:22 AM
I am so happy I found this thread. My husband had a stent (nickel & cobalt chromium) placed in his heart in 2009. The day after, he came home with a small rash on his chest. Needless to say, two years later, he is head to toe with red skin, blisters, rashes, severe itching and burning skin. This man has not had one day free of these symptoms. We have been to every specialist, and no one knows what is wrong with him. We've tried every lotion & potion the dermatoligist suggested, Prednisone therapy for a month, twice. That kept the symptoms to a dull roar, but never took them away completely. We all know what long-term prednisone does to internal organs.

He has an appointment with an allergist tomorrow, and we are hoping to find out if he is allergic to nickel or cobalt chromium. I suspected a nickel allergy a year ago, and was told by cardiologist that it never happens. However, on the website of the company that makes the stent, they have a disclaimer about potential nickel allergy with the stents! After doing a lot of research, I am finding all of my husband's symptoms fit with a nickel allergy. When I mentioned my thoughts to the cardiologist & what happens if he is allergic to nickel or cobalt chromium, he dismissed it saying that they NEVER remove stents, that my husband will just have to learn to live with it. After two years, my husband is exhausted, drained, doesn't sleep, in constant pain, has no quality of life, and really doesn't want to live too much longer with this. Honestly, I don't know how his body will hold up under such constant inflammation. Again, if the stent stays in place, how does he cope?

Will post again when I find out for sure. Good information on this thread. Thanks so much.

nstutt
11-21-2011, 09:03 AM
I had to register here just to post this message. I have had a severe nickel allergy after wearing watches with nickel in them since very young. I used to get creams to put on my wrist to remove the rash but they thinned the skin and in the end my rash spread over most of my two hands after a few years.

However I found out that eating poppy seeds which you can get from any herb/natural remedy shop removed the rash in the same way after a week. I found out about this off the internet reading how poppy seeds remove nickel out of your body. So I recommend any one with a nickel allergy tries it. Eat two teaspoons of poppy seeds every day for two weeks and you should see the nickel rash vanish and stay gone for months.

It isnt a cure but it certainly works and eating poppy seeds is far better than using endless creams and constantly watching your diet. I believe poppy seeds do have nickel in them (like all nuts and seeds) but they extract a lot more nickel out of the body than they add so I think that's how they work. So it may take a week for them to start to work. But they definitely work for me.

I would also say that there seems to be various types of poppy seeds and they all look the same. Some are quite sweetish - similar to eating peanuts - whereas some seem to be quite bitter. So look around if you get ones that taste horrible you may find some nicer ones.

Good luck.

dulcinea
12-04-2011, 09:48 AM
The FDA has tested the amounts of the different metals in foods. Go to page 129 for nickel. I made my own list of foods from lowest to highest in nickel and try to avoid anything above .08. There are a lot of foods in the list and it is very helpful. Some things like nuts, beans, chocolate and oatmeal are so high I get an immediate very itchy rash when I eat them.

*edit*

Also, I just learned that when they hydrogenate oils they use nickel to process the oils. I had already realized I reacted to hydrogenated oils and I'm guessing the nickel processing is the reason.

Hello, this is my first time blogging. I have nichel allergy, lactose intollerance and soon will do lots of testinf including fiinding out more about wheat, gluten and recently a sad skin depigmentation. I have been strong researching, trying to find a good allergist, dermatologist, etc here in Rome Italy or for the future in Nyc. Any contacts? Most important though is this question: What is the exact link for the FDA metals in food? you say p. 129 but I haven't found the correct link. I have several lists which I will willingly share but first want to continue my research. I look forward to getting and giving info and support. Sharing experiences could be very important. Ciao

Zanney
01-06-2012, 02:50 AM
Great info from everyone, thank you very much for keeping this thread alive so long.

I was always sensitive to nickel in cheap jewellery and jeans buttons, etc. but only metal objects against my skin.

I had an allergic reaction to a swab with chlorahexamine while getting Iv antibiotics for lyme disease, and have become very sensitive to a lot of chemicals and even my water, and my nickel allergy is now much worse.

I have only this to add to all this great info. As a gardener, i had a problem with a lack of certain nutrients in my garden soil, as indicated by certain symptoms in the plants. I could not remedy the problem, but still had a good year in the garden which is organic and permaculture in style. (northern Canada)
I can not eat commercially grown lettuce without cramps and bloating almost right away, and as a chef I have had lettuce from many suppliers over the years.
Here's the thing, I can eat the lettuce from my garden in large amounts with NO problems whatever. I never get any problems from my own garden produce, even things on the nay nay list for nickel, like potatoes and beans, but store bought stuff is always a problem. I have come to the conclusion that it how these things are grown and fertilized greatly effects the nickel levels. My garden has been low in phosporus, and I do not use chemical fertilizers. My mother in law uses chemical npk type fertilizers and I can not eat her lettuce either.

I am hoping those who miss their veggies might try growing at least lettuce on a window ledge, and try it out. Just try to find soil that is low in minerals with nickel...
and do not use fertilizer unless you are sure it has no nickel. This is just a suggestion the seems to be working for me that may give some of you a better diet if you can grow a few things in the right soil.

I can no longer work due to Lyme disease crippling me, as I have lost my sight and my ability to work, as Canada refuses to allow me to get more treatment. As a chef, you have to taste everything you serve (if you are any good) and I was so nauseated all the time, but I had not considered that I was surrounded by stainless steel EVERYTHING all day, tables, tools, walls, sinks. I am hoping this may be part of my skin problems, as i have ACA from the Lyme, and already have severe skin problems and loss of collagen, but the itchy oozing rashes seem unrelated to the regular outbreaks of other lyme symptoms.

Thanks to one and all for offering at least the faint hope of resolving some of the constant pain I am in.

lahlah
01-06-2012, 11:35 PM
Hi everyone. I have reactions to food with nickel. I have discovered that in addition to soy, nuts, beans and the other common foods I have also eliminated soybeans oil, canola oil, and other oils. The only oils I have found safe are olive and corn oils. My reactions have stopped when I keep to this strict diet. It helps that I make 99% of my meals as I tryed and couldn't do it with store bought food. My reaction and been going on so long that they have gotten very severe. I have found that I have most every type of reaction: eczema( most types), breathing problems, disoriention and gi problems. My reactions start with in an hour of consuming food and last usually 4 days. I have also found that jewlery is not an option for me. I only have one ring I can wear and it is gold. Shaving is a nightmare. There isn't a razor on the market that wont give me a rash. And lastly, coating the inside of rivets on pants makes a huge difference.

claireleon
03-18-2012, 11:26 PM
I have been trying to figure out my allergies for years. I have "itchy skin" off and on. It can be very frustrating. I have done dozens of test. I test positive to nickel sensitivity with the "true test." I am a vegetarian and eat a very healthy diet--which means foods with a fair amount of nickel-even my vitamins had nickel. I tried eliminating high nickel content foods, but that did not really stop my itchiness. I started seeing a Naturopath. We did a different type of food test--using blood samples. We first tested 96 foods. I tested positive for nuts, sesame, dairy, and safflower. There is another test available for another 96 foods-which I plan to do shortly. One of the foods not tested in the first sample was Canola oil.

My naturopath's theory--is that my digestive system is not working properly because of allergies. So--toxins, like nickel are not passing through, they are accumulating. We need to get rid of the allergies--and foods that have some nickel won't be such a problem.

I strongly urge anyone who believes they have a nickel, or other metal sensitivity--to keep looking for an underlying problem.

I am currently tracking everything I eat in a matrix, and color code the good and bad days, based on how I feel. I am quite convinced that in addition to the four foods in the first sample, that canola oil is a problem, there may be other contributors as well. But, I feel SO MUCH BETTER after avoiding the four foods, plus wheat, and canola oil.

I never knew that Canola oil is genetically engineers oil--and it has only been around for 20 years or so. I think I can track my problems to about 17 years ago. This is consistent with the growing popularity of Canola oil in the US.

Best wishes to all who are trying to figure out allergies that cause discomfort.

phyl
04-08-2012, 07:01 AM
I to am like you, the lower back pain I think is my kidneys because it happens when I try new food to my very limited diet, if the food is high in nickel I retain fluid (do not p as much). it takes about 24 hours to be able to p as normal, then the pain lessens. my doctor also made me feel like I was going crazy. does anyone know of a doctor specializing in nickel intolerance. like most people with this I am seriously lacking in vitamins. so if anyone knows of any that contain no nickel, post here. Thanks. Phyl UK.

Leshila
07-06-2012, 01:24 PM
I have also read that Vitamin C helps soak up some of that nickel.

sincitychick
07-19-2012, 01:31 PM
I to have am allergic to nickel. I think it may be causing dishydrotic eczema. I have severe blistering on the palms of my hands and the soles of my feet. The outbreaks seem to be sporadic and I can't find a common link. I am wondering if it is my diet. Does anyone else have this condition along with the nickel allergy. It is very painful.


Painfull- is an understatement. Last year I missed various days of work becasue I was unable to even walk! The blisters where so bad on my hands and feet! I wore white cotton gloves to work to avoid touching anything that might have germs- I got an infection anyway. I tried EVERYTHING! I ate a rice and chicken diet... nothing... tried everything over the counter... nothing... tried various excema medications, lotions, washes... nothing! I tried homepathic stuff! Nothing! I soaked my palms and feet in vinager, bleach/ and TEA! Nothing... I litterly tried everything. I was in so much pain, the blisters were sooooooo deep and then they started cracking and bleeding.. I wanted to die.... and seemed that NO ONE could help me...

Finally my derm figured out that I am allergic to cobalt in foods... and slightly allergic to it touching my skin.... well... I tossed out my stainless steal pots and pan I had just bought- because low and behold.... they have about 30% nickel in them! No more canned food and I haven't had a blow-out-break-out since then! I do occasionally have a few small blisters... I think they are stress related, but one or two comes and then they go....

I totally feel for anyone going through this... It was horrible.

JMzzr
08-01-2012, 01:05 PM
Does anyone have a link to a list of foods and the nickel content in each?

amy13
08-31-2012, 03:05 PM
Hi all,
My nickel allergy was triggered by my orthodontics. As an adult, I got metal braces, not knowing that I was allergic to nickel. It took two years before we figured it out... in the meantime I suffered daily with chronic fatigue, severe abdominal pain, IBS, and dermatitis. My health and life had deteriorated to a point of almost being an invalid before we discovered the connection. Once the braces were removed, I made a full recovery within a few weeks.

I started a blog about my story, in part after being inspired by this thread. Finding *good* information has been very difficult, so I wanted to share what I've learned. I'm currently experimenting with the low-nickel diet to alleviate my remaining dermatitis, with promising results.
*edit*

amy13
08-31-2012, 03:21 PM
Does anyone have a link to a list of foods and the nickel content in each?
JMzzr -
I'm a new member, so they won't let me post links yet, but Penn State has an online list - google 'Penn State Hershey Medical Low Nickel Diet' to find it.

You should also be able to get a list from your local dermatologist.

You can also google 'I Hate Nickel' - and that takes you to my blog where I try to list what references I've found so far.

If anyone has a better list, I'd love to know as well!

Thunder Girl
09-06-2012, 05:18 PM
I to have am allergic to nickel. I think it may be causing dishydrotic eczema. I have severe blistering on the palms of my hands and the soles of my feet. The outbreaks seem to be sporadic and I can't find a common link. I am wondering if it is my diet. Does anyone else have this condition along with the nickel allergy. It is very painful.

Hi Tiffany; I have the exact same thing as you--diagnosed with dishydrotic eczema, with severe blistering on palms of hands and bottoms of feet. My hands also crack open. While I don't have a cure, I have found that soaking in a hot bath and putting vaseline on afterward has helped a bit. I'm also using Clobetasol cream for the small, bad spots. I don't know what is causing this, but I am interested in learning whatever you know. I have cut dairy out of my diet and it doesn't seem to be working. Any ideas you might have--or anyone reading this--would be greatly appreciated.

atvfan
10-03-2012, 07:45 AM
Hey there sounds like we have something in commom. Just found this site yesterday and this is the only post read yet. Tell me if this sounds familiar. Little brown dots deep in the skin. Some in large patches on the hands and feet. After a few weeks The skin comes off leaving new skin. Normal skin folds crack due to the thick patches and bleed sometimes. Itchy at times but not all the time. Very embarrasing and looks horrible.
Mine started roughly 3 years ago. Went to the dermatologist afew times. The steroid creams worked but it always came back. Went another dermatologist and more cream. Took me about a year to figure out that nickel was causing it. One day I went into my shop to get something out of a file caninet. A few minutes later my hand was tingling. That was it! All my beloved tools, all the change in my pocket, the hose nozzle, even the handles on my cabinets were my enemy. If you guys handle coins, use file cabinets, or have brushed nickel or chrome fixtures they could be the problem. Allerderm sells a nickel test kit that reveals the hidden menace. I would cover my hands in eucerin put on powderless nitrile gloves and do my thing. Sweat dissolves nickel and its absorbed through the skin. I still have problems with it and am learning alot from others posts here.

Savy
10-05-2012, 10:07 AM
Severe food allergies can be helped by dissolving cromolyn sodium (brand name Gastrochrom) in hot water to gargle and swallow 20 minutes before meals. It will adhere to the mast cells in your digestive system and keep them quiet so they do not initiate an allergy response. After a few days of regular use your gut will begin to heal. Continue to avoid known food triggers for 6 months then a rare exposure to a food allergen should cause little or no response.

kathih
10-11-2012, 01:33 PM
Katrina,

I read your post last night form May 2008 and I hope you are still on this blog. I too only have eyes issues, swollen and flakey like elephant eyes. I am allergic to nickel, my makeup and mascara. I have tried several brands of makeup but all have caused my eyes to swell. I am starting a nickel free diet today, along with Vitamin C and Poopy seeds to help prevent the ni from absorbing.

Have your symptoms improved? Are you able to wear make up? Please give me an update on your condition and any helpful advise you may have!

Thank you so very much !

Kathi

countrygirl
10-14-2012, 10:41 PM
Hey there sounds like we have something in commom. Just found this site yesterday and this is the only post read yet. Tell me if this sounds familiar. Little brown dots deep in the skin. Some in large patches on the hands and feet. After a few weeks The skin comes off leaving new skin. Normal skin folds crack due to the thick patches and bleed sometimes. Itchy at times but not all the time. Very embarrasing and looks horrible.
Mine started roughly 3 years ago. Went to the dermatologist afew times. The steroid creams worked but it always came back. Went another dermatologist and more cream. Took me about a year to figure out that nickel was causing it. One day I went into my shop to get something out of a file caninet. A few minutes later my hand was tingling. That was it! All my beloved tools, all the change in my pocket, the hose nozzle, even the handles on my cabinets were my enemy. If you guys handle coins, use file cabinets, or have brushed nickel or chrome fixtures they could be the problem. Allerderm sells a nickel test kit that reveals the hidden menace. I would cover my hands in eucerin put on powderless nitrile gloves and do my thing. Sweat dissolves nickel and its absorbed through the skin. I still have problems with it and am learning alot from others posts here.

I have been allergic to nickel since I was a child.

The Allerderm kit was awesome. I have had improvements already.
I have found nickel cupboard handles and my deep freezer handle and my tweezers of all thinks. I am hoping if I can stop my skin from contacting metal my food reactions will calm down.

I think I will never eat chocolate or oats again. It is a nuisance but not the end of the world.

atvfan
10-31-2012, 10:13 AM
I have been allergic to nickel since I was a child.

The Allerderm kit was awesome. I have had improvements already.
I have found nickel cupboard handles and my deep freezer handle and my tweezers of all thinks. I am hoping if I can stop my skin from contacting metal my food reactions will calm down.

I think I will never eat chocolate or oats again. It is a nuisance but not the end of the world.

Hey,
So glad to help. I know how upsetting this can be.
I've been trying the low nickel diet and it is making a difference in the few weeks so far. I was eating all the wrong things. Oatmeal,rice and beans,lots of chocolate,dried fruit and nuts,peanut butter and jelly crackers, i really miss a 1/3 glass full of honey roasted peanuts and pour a can of coke on top-yum why shrimp. Anyway steak,pizza and strawberry shortcake do help. Foodlion deli is also benefitting from all the macaroni salad and potato salad that is easy to eat.
What are you doing about the door handles? I have wrapped electrical tape on some (only thing I could think of) and replaced others. I'm still not sure about stainless things like silverware and coffee makers but real silver and cold brew coffee are next to try at home but everywhere else I don't know.

countrygirl
11-20-2012, 06:33 PM
Hey,
So glad to help. I know how upsetting this can be.
I've been trying the low nickel diet and it is making a difference in the few weeks so far. I was eating all the wrong things. Oatmeal,rice and beans,lots of chocolate,dried fruit and nuts,peanut butter and jelly crackers, i really miss a 1/3 glass full of honey roasted peanuts and pour a can of coke on top-yum why shrimp. Anyway steak,pizza and strawberry shortcake do help. Foodlion deli is also benefitting from all the macaroni salad and potato salad that is easy to eat.
What are you doing about the door handles? I have wrapped electrical tape on some (only thing I could think of) and replaced others. I'm still not sure about stainless things like silverware and coffee makers but real silver and cold brew coffee are next to try at home but everywhere else I don't know.

I am not worried about stainless steel - i read a report by a Dr Sharma (I think that was his name) out of India and the nickel was not released by the stainless steel. I was worried about the element in an electric kettle and replaced it with an all stainless steel one with a hidden element.

I wrapped handles with electrical tape, painters tape and masking tape. We will change most over time. I was most surprised that my "gold pens" released nickel. Hubby said - polished brass.

I do not have much of a rash except if I contact nickel but I have ear pain, crusty eyes, sinus trouble and maybe even asthma from dietary nickel. I was eating a very high nickel diet and now I know as little a 4 almonds (red skin on) will bother me for days afterwards. My fear is it will progress to a rash. I was surprised that coconut oil gave me a nickel rash and I had to switched my electric razor to nickel free because I noticed a high nickel diet was starting to make my legs itchy

I have been trying to get my Dr to refer me to a dietitian to help me replace the nutrients not in my current diet. I ate a high fiber diet until recently.

I make a lot of my own rice pudding in the slow cooker. It is less sweet then the purchased varieties. I even mix in black rice at the end - looks kind of gross but gives me some of the phyto nutrients I am missing.

This nickel thing is a pain but there a many worse things out there. At least we know what the problem is and how to go about helping ourselves.

atvfan
12-06-2012, 02:42 PM
I am not worried about stainless steel - i read a report by a Dr Sharma (I think that was his name) out of India and the nickel was not released by the stainless steel. I was worried about the element in an electric kettle and replaced it with an all stainless steel one with a hidden element.

I wrapped handles with electrical tape, painters tape and masking tape. We will change most over time. I was most surprised that my "gold pens" released nickel. Hubby said - polished brass.

I do not have much of a rash except if I contact nickel but I have ear pain, crusty eyes, sinus trouble and maybe even asthma from dietary nickel. I was eating a very high nickel diet and now I know as little a 4 almonds (red skin on) will bother me for days afterwards. My fear is it will progress to a rash. I was surprised that coconut oil gave me a nickel rash and I had to switched my electric razor to nickel free because I noticed a high nickel diet was starting to make my legs itchy

I have been trying to get my Dr to refer me to a dietitian to help me replace the nutrients not in my current diet. I ate a high fiber diet until recently.

I make a lot of my own rice pudding in the slow cooker. It is less sweet then the purchased varieties. I even mix in black rice at the end - looks kind of gross but gives me some of the phyto nutrients I am missing.

This nickel thing is a pain but there a many worse things out there. At least we know what the problem is and how to go about helping ourselves.

Nickel seems to be in almost everything from margarine to soy products to anything hydrogenated along with alot of processed things. I think it will become worse than mercury or lead the way its being pumped into food and the environment. Once the threshold is crossed its almost impossible to avoid.

I was wrong about things I thought had no nickel and were ok to eat. You got me thinking about talking to a dietian because my rash is back on my foot. Not sure what caused it. Maybe ashes from a wood boiler or from 18 volt nickel tool batteries or is it soy or the chips I decided to eat? But like you said it could be worse! Sometimes we don't realize how blessed we really are. Thanks for the coconut tip I've been eating coconut popsicles-they were great. Bye

RebeccaF
12-12-2012, 10:13 PM
This has been a great thread. A brief background on myself - I'm one of the unbearably itchy, swollen eyelids/eye area victims. I was given steroid cream that helped completely, but I can't stay on it forever. So, a few weeks ago, I went through the patch test, and nickel/cobalt was the only thing that flared up (and boy howdy, did it). Got some non-steroidal creams to try, but so far nothing is solving the problem.

I'm just starting the try the diet, but it is, as you all know, extremely difficult. It took me two hours to grocery shop, and I still think I ended up with some of the "maybe not" foods. (Question - is all vegetable oil - sunflower, safflower, canola - a "no"?)

Seems like everyone is a little different with their food allergies. I've looked around and I'm going with the Penn State diet list (I think it was mentioned). It inlcludes the usual suspects. I'm hoping that just these ingredients will do the trick and eliminate the symtoms, but if not, the suggestions here have been very informative. I'm especially mourning the loss of black tea and spinach/veggies. And I'm really not ready to give up my red wine, but... My eyes itch and hurt and are completely horrible to look at!!!

Thanks for starting this thread, Rhapsody. I'll be sure and post again if I have any significant discoveries.

countrygirl
05-02-2013, 01:00 PM
This has been a great thread. A brief background on myself - I'm one of the unbearably itchy, swollen eyelids/eye area victims. I was given steroid cream that helped completely, but I can't stay on it forever. So, a few weeks ago, I went through the patch test, and nickel/cobalt was the only thing that flared up (and boy howdy, did it). Got some non-steroidal creams to try, but so far nothing is solving the problem.

I'm just starting the try the diet, but it is, as you all know, extremely difficult. It took me two hours to grocery shop, and I still think I ended up with some of the "maybe not" foods. (Question - is all vegetable oil - sunflower, safflower, canola - a "no"?)

Seems like everyone is a little different with their food allergies. I've looked around and I'm going with the Penn State diet list (I think it was mentioned). It inlcludes the usual suspects. I'm hoping that just these ingredients will do the trick and eliminate the symtoms, but if not, the suggestions here have been very informative. I'm especially mourning the loss of black tea and spinach/veggies. And I'm really not ready to give up my red wine, but... My eyes itch and hurt and are completely horrible to look at!!!

Thanks for starting this thread, Rhapsody. I'll be sure and post again if I have any significant discoveries.

I use mostly olive oil, canola oil and a bit of butter. No hydrogenated fats - they use nickel as a catalyst. I can't eat tomato sauce.

coconutoil
06-25-2013, 09:23 AM
For the past four years, since entering my late thirties, I have developed a recurring nickel allergy, brought on particularly by the eating of dark chocolate. Even cutting chocolate out of my diet, however, did not prevent long episodes, requiring me to cut out even more foods. However, for the past year I have been entirely free (apart from one episode which i will describe) from any dermatitis on my hands or feet since I started moisturizing my hands and feet several times daily with organic coconut oil. The only outbreak I had was when traveling my jar of coconut oil broke in my bag and I went a few weeks without using it. I managed to purchase a replacement only after a couple of weeks by which time I had already begun to develop an outbreak. I immediately began applying the coconut oil every couple of hours and within a few days the symptoms completely disappeared, making me realize for the first time that it was my switch to coconut oil which had been preventing my outbreaks over the past year. I recommend all sufferers try this method as it is entirely without any health risk unlike the prolonged use of steroidal creams. Thankfully organic coconut oil is also relative cheap and a jar lasts a very long time even when applied frequently. I am now even able to eat foods containing nickel (except chocolate) without having outbreaks.

Bad Bokeh
07-14-2013, 09:23 AM
After a along bout with increasing dermatitis I was finally diagnosed with a nickel allergy. In hopes to keep this short I suffered a cold with a fever and my rash bloomed all over and it was still months before a skin test finally proved nickel was the cause. In reading I found that nickel is rid through my skin and far-infrared (FIR) sauna, steam or dry sauna would help, I had access to a steam room. At this time I was covering my body twice a day with steroid cream as the only relief of the constant itching. After one week doing a steam room and towel dry rub I was 60% better in symptoms. At the end of two weeks 80% better and down to just once a day. The steam room is part one. I believe the fever I had for 13 hours caused my liver to dump a large amount of stored nickel at one time. Step two, I turned to IV chelation and I'm finally feeling better. My joints no longer hurt. My headaches are gone. My blood sugars are finally under control, I am a insulin dependent. My eyesight has been returned to perfect vision and as a control I have changed nothing else in my lifestyle.

I just had my eighth chelation and I am expecting to do 14 to 21 IV chelation treatments. A revealing story happened on my seventh treatment. I have been having upper back pains and I had not tied the muscle pain to the rash on that same area. I woke the morning of the seventh treatment with real discomfort in my neck and upper back. The chelation treatment takes almost two hours and at the end of the treatment I had no pain and I've had no pain since.

Do your own research. After seeing two dermatologist and being told to just change my diet and it should diminish over time was not answer, nor is taking a antihistamine or steroid cream good for the long term. For me the steam room and IV chelation is ridding my body the nickel that is causing so much havoc in my body and life.

I should also say I have never had any contact dermatitis with gold or stainless.

Best wishes everyone, I hope others get the same relief I have gotten.

atvfan
07-23-2013, 12:35 PM
Nickel seems to be in almost everything from margarine to soy products to anything hydrogenated along with alot of processed things. I think it will become worse than mercury or lead the way its being pumped into food and the environment. Once the threshold is crossed its almost impossible to avoid.

I was wrong about things I thought had no nickel and were ok to eat. You got me thinking about talking to a dietian because my rash is back on my foot. Not sure what caused it. Maybe ashes from a wood boiler or from 18 volt nickel tool batteries or is it soy or the chips I decided to eat? But like you said it could be worse! Sometimes we don't realize how blessed we really are. Thanks for the coconut tip I've been eating coconut popsicles-they were great. Bye

Hey guys,
Watch out for leather products. The foot dermatitis that I could not shake was from my shoes! Apparently chemicals used in tanning leather are so close or the same as nickel it was leaching to my foot by way of sweat. I had always suspected the new shoes the first time I ever had any dermatitis because it was on my feet. Then all the other sources kicked in masking it. After avoiding things to clear my feet and wits end again I decided to go all synthetic for shoe material. The symptoms cleared fairly quickly and now it shows up only when i am eating or touching things i know have some nickel.

angellou75
07-26-2013, 02:53 PM
I too have been suffering similar symptoms. The drs thought I had pleurisy and when that was ruled out if was costochrondoritus. I was at the hospital 2 weeks ago and they said it was that and a virus combined. Now after doing a patch test I know for sure it's a nickle allergy! The coughing and phlegm. It gets so bad I get a sore tight chest. So I'm going on a strict nickle free diet :confused: but there is much conflicting info out there! I can only focus on how much I'll miss chocolate at mo!:(:( but every cloud has a silver lining, (tho better make mine a 24ct gold lining or I'll be allergic to good news too!), I'll lose weight and apparently people with nickle allergies are less likely to get cancer as our bodies are on high alert due to our wee cells fighting the nickle constantly! I would love to have some advice from anyone else who is going through the same! :grouphug:

angellou75
07-27-2013, 03:26 AM
After looking at all dietary info. online I think I have come up with a nickle free simple diet. Disclaimer though to people who may have other dietary allergies. What works for me may not work for you!:rolleyes:

NICKLE FREE FOODS ALLOWED:
meat, poultry, proper fish(not shellfish), eggs, milk, yoghurt, cheese, quark, butter, white bread without yeast, white rice, white sugar, white pasta.

LITTLE PORTIONS OF: cauliflower, leeks, potatoes, spinach, fruit raw/stewed

FOODS HIGH IN NICKLE: NO TINS OF FOOD OR CANS OF DRINKS. Green beans, broccoli, cabbage, peas, chocolate(all including drinking chocolate), liquorice, dried fuit and nuts, margarine, all wheat, grains, seeds, commercial salad dressings, NO TOMATOES, tea, beer, red wine.

If you must drink tap water make sure tap runs for 2 minutes first.

Some vitamins and medications contain nickle. Check with pharmacy or dr first! :)

vesdajan
08-06-2013, 02:11 PM
Hi! I am new here. I just found you today! I have a question. How do you replace what the grains give you?

After looking at all dietary info. online I think I have come up with a nickle free simple diet. Disclaimer though to people who may have other dietary allergies. What works for me may not work for you!:rolleyes:

NICKLE FREE FOODS ALLOWED:
meat, poultry, proper fish(not shellfish), eggs, milk, yoghurt, cheese, quark, butter, white bread without yeast, white rice, white sugar, white pasta.

LITTLE PORTIONS OF: cauliflower, leeks, potatoes, spinach, fruit raw/stewed

FOODS HIGH IN NICKLE: NO TINS OF FOOD OR CANS OF DRINKS. Green beans, broccoli, cabbage, peas, chocolate(all including drinking chocolate), liquorice, dried fuit and nuts, margarine, all wheat, grains, seeds, commercial salad dressings, NO TOMATOES, tea, beer, red wine.

If you must drink tap water make sure tap runs for 2 minutes first.

Some vitamins and medications contain nickle. Check with pharmacy or dr first! :)

vesdajan
08-06-2013, 02:45 PM
I think I might have posted to your other post also.I have had an allergy to nickel since my teens. I am now 62 years young. For the last 20 years, I have had horrible gut pain. My intestines spasm into a tight knot. I also get migraines. Finally, two weeks ago an alternative doctor said that I had systemic nickel allergy syndrome. I have to eat nickel free. But the information out there is so inconsistent. I haven't eaten anything that appears on most lists and now I am feeling sickly. I too am feeling frustrated. I will check back with website to find out if anyone has learned anything.

I too have been suffering similar symptoms. The drs thought I had pleurisy and when that was ruled out if was costochrondoritus. I was at the hospital 2 weeks ago and they said it was that and a virus combined. Now after doing a patch test I know for sure it's a nickle allergy! The coughing and phlegm. It gets so bad I get a sore tight chest. So I'm going on a strict nickle free diet :confused: but there is much conflicting info out there! I can only focus on how much I'll miss chocolate at mo!:(:( but every cloud has a silver lining, (tho better make mine a 24ct gold lining or I'll be allergic to good news too!), I'll lose weight and apparently people with nickle allergies are less likely to get cancer as our bodies are on high alert due to our wee cells fighting the nickle constantly! I would love to have some advice from anyone else who is going through the same! :grouphug:

Dalal
08-29-2013, 10:49 AM
This post was very helpful
I have nickel allergy but it appears on my lips and around it
The first time it happened was because of a lipstick ,
So i'm wondering could food trigger it ! And if it does could it only around my lips and hands ?

bratzc04
11-03-2013, 11:19 AM
So after 7 years and 10 severe allergic reactions and hospitalizations, I finally found the cause of my anaphylaxis and tongue swelling. I did a patch test and found that I'm allergic to nickel and gold. I had always known I had a nickel allergy because I couldn't wear nickel jewelry without getting rashing, but I never knew there were foods high in nickel, nor that the way things are stored and what they're cooked in increases these levels.

What was good was that I finally knew what was causing the reactions, and I had a list of foods and things to avoid, or so I thought. After researching several websites, I kept getting short lists and contradictory information. When I checked out this website, someone had recommended going to the FDA website and check out their research. I did that, found out the nickel levels of several hundred food items, and created a list of foods to eat, foods to only have once in a while in moderation, and food to avoid all together.

One thing to keep in mind is that it's not always one food that you have to worry about. It's foods in combinations. For example, eating a few peppers may not send you into an allergic reaction, but combining it with refried beans on a tortilla with salsa, cooked in a pan that has stainless steel that contains nickel may send your body over the edge. Also, where the food is grown makes a difference. If there are high nickel levels in the soil, it leeches into the plants growing, and makes something that is usually harmless into something more deadly.

So, to make a long posting short, I'm attaching the file in hopes that it may help other nickel sufferers find the information they need to keep safe.

MaBelle17
11-28-2013, 09:26 AM
I have been diagnosed with nickel allergy. My lips are red feel like pins and needles redness around the mouth. I am now doing a nickel free diet and have started eating with only plastic utensils. I don't have any other areas affected is jewelry is not the problem. I've had this for 4 mos but only diagnosed 7wks ago and nickel diet suggested 2 wks ago. How long should it take to subside?
I had a post and crown done but that was over a year ago??

jswenny
01-09-2014, 11:01 PM
First I have to say SO sorry to everyone dealing with this and those not receiving a diagnosis for several years - ugh! I am just a week into a nickel free diet and it's hard! Soybean oil is in everything, along with wheat (although one list my derm gave said whole wheat in moderation, but others I found say no??)...I'm used to eating granola bars for breakfast (no nuts or oats now), snack on crackers & almonds, salads and sandwiches for lunch (no lettuce or spinach, and no sandwich meat or tuna), so I need some ideas, please!

I'd like to not eat corn flakes every morning or pasta every lunch - too heavy. I do eat a lot of veggies and fruit but need more than that, of course. Thanks in advance for any ideas/recipes!
Also, just a side note, I ate two dried apricots for the iron (which was not listed on my derm list), and I'm pretty sure that was the cause to a hive breakout the next morning. I researched nickel content in apricots - some lists had it down, along with dried fruits. Why dried fruits? The equipment used to dehydrate them? Yet, raisins are listed as ok on my derm list?

Rebelruth
01-10-2014, 10:07 PM
Please find enclosed two excel papers I made for my nickel allergy.

Not perfect but it helps greatly.

Rebel

trinityann84
01-19-2014, 04:52 PM
Please find enclosed two excel papers I made for my nickel allergy.

Not perfect but it helps greatly.

Rebel

I have a bad nickel allergy for food..rash on hands appear within a day of eating high nickel food..even potatoes which are supposed to be low nickel make flesh colored bumps all over my fingers. Trying to find a healthy diet for myself so that I do not become malnourished-I was always big but my last pregnancy I only gained 5 lbs and in the 2 months since delivering have lost 48 lbs without trying,.I am also being tested for celiac disease. I am somewhat new to nickel diet because I was told a few years ago that I was allergic to that amoung other things but not told that alot comes from diet..well was told this last pregnancy that I was allergic to soy (which is in a TON of stuff as soy) but now other stuff sets me off like prunes and whole wheat wraps so thats when I did research and discovered nickel was culprit...I also get chest pain (non cardiac)within hours of some meals and throughout day that even 40 mg prilosec wasn't helping so curious if it could be

jswenny
01-21-2014, 01:30 PM
Hopefully some of you will check this tread from time to time.

I also suffer nickel allergies. I found out after having a bout of Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Which is basically my white blood cells attacking my esophagus die to an allergic reaction. In my case Nickel and beef.

I have been managing to keep things under control by avoiding the common foods that are known to be high in Ni. The problem is that there does not seem to be a very comprehensive list. My reactions are not always immediate, cause and effect testing can be challenging. I have found a danish list that listed a good number of foods and the concentration of Ni in ppm, but after eating iceberg lettuce which was listed as low in Ni, I had a bit of a reaction, so i am not trusting that list any more.

Does anybody know of a better list or reference? I had a bit of trouble swallowing my breakfast this morning (which is a symptom of the EE) and I am trying to figure out what the culprit is. I am suspecting pomegranate as this is a new addition to my diet and thinking about it, most seeds are on the "to avoid" list when it comes to Ni.

I have rambled on enough for now, but i would appreciate any resources that you could point me to.
I just had an immediate reaction with hive/bumps on my forearms after eating a handful of pomegranate seeds which I read someone in this thread back in '08 suspected as well. I'm thinking this is another food to put on the "Do Not Eat" list for me falling under the seed category, possibly. :(

Lauren323
02-09-2014, 03:40 PM
Hi there,

I know this quote is older, you probably have some answers now, but I was recently diagnosed with allergies to nickel, balsam of peru, lanolin, gold, bacitracin, propolis, fragrances, and certain rubber accelerators, all of which have supposedly been causing my dyshidrotic eczema for over 10 years. Your questions are natural and even now I am finding the answers difficult myself. I think a good bet is to get patch testing done by your dermatologist or allergist to see what you are allergic to (they usually test about 80 common allergies). I found that I was allergic to so many everyday things that were irritating my eczema it was hard to pinpoint what exactly was making it flared. I am unsure of detoxes from heavy metals like nickel, looking at these option currently, but my dermatologist did enter my allergies into a database that spits out all the soaps, makeups, shampoos, cleaning products, etc. that I can use, which has been very helpful. The FDA did do an analysis of levels of nickel in common foods that you can find when you search "total diet study statistics on element results" from 2008, but it is very difficult to find out what you can eat if it has not been analyzed.

Best of luck

ItchyShan
02-12-2014, 01:44 PM
I started with what I thought was eczema on my right hand about 6 months ago. The dermatologist treated me with a topical steroid cream. It helped with the itch but I was getting worse. I started getting little blisters on my fingers and palm. It was so bad in December that they put me on oral steroids. It helped but within three days the blisters and eczema came back on both hands. My right palm looks like it was burned. I now have eczema on both arms and lower legs/feet. I was patch tested and found out I am allergic to a specific preservative, nickel and gold. The preservative that I can't pronounce let alone spell is in shampoo, hair products and lotions. I am now using all free & clear products. I still kept getting worse.

Last week the Dermatologist food tested me and NICKEL came up again but this time I reacted even worse. (I am also allergic to cinnamon.) So the dermatologist hands me a paper, tells me to follow the diet and I will see you in 6 week. Meanwhile I can barely write since my hand feels like it was burned 10 times over and I felt totally lost with this new found allergy. (Oh and now I can't eat Chocolate or drink Red Wine - was feeling very upset! :(

The best is when I tell people it is a nickel allergy they think I am crazy. I have done an exhausted amount of research the past two weeks and still feel like I am on a roller coaster. There is so much conflicting information and not enough research. It was nice to stumble across this thread to realize I AM NOT ALONE.

I started the diet 5 days ago and have seen small improvements. How long does it take to start to see drastic improvements? My skin looks horrible and my self-esteem is shot. My whole world has been turned upside down and I feel like the doctors just don't have answers or know how to help.

glenntaj
02-13-2014, 06:52 AM
--that you may be showing dermatitis hepatiformis (your description closely matches the symptomology) you might also want to look inot gluten sensitivity/celiac, if you haven't already . . .

fufu
02-28-2014, 12:58 AM
Was diagnosed today with Nickel allergy and Kathon cg which is a preservative that comes under many names and is found in many personal and household products. I did not even need the results to tell me that this was causing many of my outbreaks because I figured it out myself after being silly enough to use a Huggies wet wipe on my eyes last month that sent me straight to the ER. The Nickel allergy was a big surprise, I have never had signs of nickel giving me a reaction. I did read all your posts and not once did the doctor mention anything about food. Is avoiding nickel in food showing results? It has been a long five months for me, where I look ugly as sin not to mention the discomfort. My eyes look like they are surrounded by third degree burns. Let me know what is working for you if you have eyelid dermatitis. I will be seeing a naturopath to guide me and I will post what I am told.
Hope together we can all find some relief....soon.

darcy1963
03-08-2014, 12:17 PM
Hello everyone. I have read a few posts where people are saying there is no cure for nickel allergy. This is not entirely true. There is a drug called Psorizide Forte. It is used to de-sensitize from nickel.

Bless all,

Bobo

jswenny
03-19-2014, 03:14 PM
As mentioned before, I was on the low nickel diet in January - it slightly cleared up the itchy skin reaction I was having (shins was/is the main area, elbows, lower scalp, hips, and hives usually occurring on my stomach and forearms). Since it didn't completely clear, my dermatologist suggested a Balsam of Peru free diet b/c I had tested positive to that on my patch test as well. Didn't help at all! In fact, everything seemed to worsen within two weeks. So I've been back on the low nickel diet since then and had a follow up appointment recently.
I think he may be stumped b/c the low nickel diet should have made a bigger difference. My shins are...well let's face it - disgusting! Does anyone else experience the worst spot on their shins?
So he wants to try Cyclosporine, which suppresses the immune system, I believe, and try to flip the switch in my body to "convince" that it doesn't need to react to nickel...or whatever the cause. It supposedly begins to work within a week! Has anyone ever tried this drug?
Here's the kicker...the darn insurance company (I'm being nice in my choice of words) asked for a pre-authorization (um, isn't that the prescription my doctor wrote??), we sent that in, and then they denied it...interesting thing is that it costs $500. Would you like to take a guess why they denied it? Grrrrr....

hollydid
04-27-2014, 01:03 PM
Hey, the insurance rejected that because without an approved diagnostic code it wouldn't be covered. If a test or scrip isn't considered 'necessary' they aren't required to go along with it, and that kind of immunosuppressant isn't appropriate for an allergy. There isn't enough known about its long term effects to validate the administration to someone without a chronic disease.

I think people here are attributing too many of their reactions to this metal. Hypersensitivity is becoming common, as is Leaky Gut from gluten intolerance. Particles that escape the permeable epithelial lining of the intestine enter the bloodstream and trigger an immune cascade. So much more than just metals can create this inflammatory reaction.

I have a nickel allergy as well, and many foods do cause a problem for me, but so do a lot of chemicals, dyes, medications and other irritants. I also have lupus, previously diagnosed as fibromyalgia before the disease markers showed up. Speaking from experience, you don't want to go on a strong immunosuppressant without extremely good cause. The risks are too high. I would look at other aspects of your diet and hygiene- such as what detergent you use. A problem with yeasts or molds is also quite possible, and it could be coming from a dietary or environmental source.

You can end up developing an autoimmune syndrome or full-blown disease from chronic inflammation. Consider it as the immune system getting exasperated and finally going mad. There is rarely just one issue, and the potential irritants can mount up over time. If other factors are present when the body reacts to one substance, the immune system may begin reacting to those factors, because it can no longer differentiate. Hyper-vigilance and hypersensitivity ensues.

It's grueling (and fairly ineffective) to attempt self-diagnosis through elimination or any other method. Look up the ALCAT test. Anyone suffering from long term allergic reactions should get a complex food and chemical sensitivity panel done. The skin prick tests aren't enough. Insurance will cover at least part of it.

lutheraner
05-09-2014, 04:58 PM
Well, I have the "eczema" like rash around my eyes, sometimes around my mouth (both things people have posted about) plus the dishydrotic eczema on my hands, and a rash on my neck and arms:( I am going to get a patch test from the dermatologist in July. I took my earrings out today after discovering this thread. I miss them by the way. I have also been told by my chiropractor (who does acupuncture and muscle testing) that I have sensitivity to corn and gluten. An herbalist I have been seeing confirmed this, and also told me that I should avoid rice and basically all grains. My condition has thoroughly ruined my life and self-esteem. I was on a diet of mainly vegetables, meat, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and mozarella sticks for a month, and before that I was gluten free for around two months. The rash never went away, I had good days and bad days as always. Now I'm wondering if I could have nickel allergy, since my symptoms are so similar to many people posting on here. I don't want to wait until the week of July 12th (patch test week) to change my habits. I would like to try the low nickel diet now. Like many of you, I have looked it up and sites are contradicting each other constantly about levels of nickel in foods. Can one of you experienced with this allergy give me some basic food guidelines that have shown results for you?As for contact nickel, I have not worn make up or jewelry since the rash showed up, and I mostly stay in pajamas because I am home all the time. I will worry about that stuff when I feel better. However, cooking utensils? I have always been told to use the metal ones to avoid toxins in the coatings of the other ones, so I am confused as to what I can use

Reply by lutheraner:
Avoid all canned foods as the metal in the can contains Nickel. Starkist chunk light Tuna comes in a mylar pouch - No metal! UPC code
0 8000049524 2. Wild Planet sells sardines in an aluminum container with a BPA free lining which is the only thing that touches the sardines. You cannot eat regular greens but most can tolerate baby greens if they are organic. Try Trader Joes organic Power to the Greens - UPC code 00980883. Nuts are high Nickel except Walnuts and pine nuts and thus to be avoided. Note most pesticides contain Nickel. So Alway go for the organic foods. You can eat grits for breakfast. But organic Blue corn Grits are much healthier than the other kind if you can tolerate them. All organic grits should be low in Nickel. Add cinnamon, liquid Stevia, 1 teaspoon of Agave Nectar and 1/2 teaspoon of organic coconut fat to your breakfast grits. This cinnamon, low sugar and good fat will turn grits into a healthy low glycemic food. Never microwave fats as this turns the fat into a trans saturated unhealthy fat. Add the fat last after you have cooked the food. Lunch is organic yogurt with organic fruit. e.g. banana blueberry or blackberry. I add a tablespoon full of organic Lecithin (fat) to help make my banana blueberry yogurt dish low glycemic. Rasberries are high in Nickel and I cannot tolerate strawberries which are supposed to be low in Nickel. Dinner is vegetables and meat (preferably omega 3 fish). Scallops, Haddock, swordfish, shrimp, crab and sardines are low glycemic. But I can tolerate salmon which is allegedly not low glycemic. Vegetables: beets, red potato squash, brussel sprouts and possible 1 small carrot or 3 brussel sprouts if you can tolerate the later two. If you get a mild rash add 1/2 of a zinc vitamin pill or 1 teaspoon of liquid iron before you eat. I like Gaia Plant Force liquid Iron. Organic kefir will help with digestion. Most people can tolerate white rice and pasta. Buy your tomato paste in glass jars. Safe fruits are peach, pear, watermellon, apricots, grapefruit, oranges and possibly organic apples, other melons and pineapple. Safe Vegetables are cabbage, cauliflower, brocolli, radish,baby spinach (organic), yams, frozen peas and possibly onions. Rye flatbread from Germany is the only low Nickel bread that is whole grain. Most people can tolerate white flour flatbread but I cannot. Corn tortillas and cassava are tolerated by most. Beware of fillers like yeast and seeds when experimenting with bread. I do not know the Nickel content of Quinoa, amaranth, flax or chia but all are healthy foods IF they can be tolerated in small amounts. Steam your food in a stainless steel free container and do not eat with stainless steel silverware. They contain Nickel!! I use a BPA free steamer from Aroma. Water from old galvanized pipes also emits Nickel. So buy a water purifier that takes out heavy metals including Nickel. Mine is an expensive one from Tyent. I buy green tea from Nilgiri India which has the lowest Nickel soil in the world. Upton tea sells this in America in either Black Nilgiri tea or green Nilgiri tea. Other teas are all suspect as tea is very high in Nickel as are cocoa and chocolate - which must be avoided. Safe spices are: black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, garlic and rosemary. Although some can tolerate almost any spice in small amounts if they are organic.

mrsD
07-14-2014, 06:22 AM
Here is an article from Yahoo...

http://news.yahoo.com/got-rash-ipad-other-devices-might-cause-041845659.html

Evidently iPads have a nickel compound on their cases.

Kitt
07-14-2014, 09:11 AM
I saw this on GMA. It also can include laptops and cell phones. It mentions this in the article as well.

kthomas
08-07-2014, 07:16 PM
Hi, I haven't read all the threads yet but want to let you all know what started my dyshidrotic eczema. I bought a new MacBook air computer and within a few days of using it, I got my very first itchy blister on my hand. A year and a half and constant itching, scabbing, peeling hands and feet later I finally put 2 and 2 together and realized what caused it. Apparently there is nickel in the Apple MacBook's case or it is treated with nickel in some way. 3 days after no longer touching my computer and I started to clear up. Previous to this I don't believe I was allergic to nickel. I think the constant touching of the computer caused my acute sensitivity and now I am stuck with this allergy. :( I am now in the process of eliminating certain things from my diet to keep it from flaring up but I am probably 99% better. I've noticed wine and tomato sauces will cause my hands and feet to itch. I try not to itch it, for it makes it worse! I keep eucerin cream on my hands and feet morning and night. When my skin gets dry it will itch. I also had such pain in my joints, feet especially that I went to an orthopedist. He diagnosed some bs plantar fasciitis or some such but again, once I got rid of my damn Apple computer my joints stopped hurting. I had other "female" issues too that are starting to get better since. If I can help just one person figure out the cause of their eczema it's totally worth it! This past year and a half has been crazy!