Tag Archives: Contact dermatitis

A Penny for your Thoughts!

Nickel allergy

Nickel allergy very common

can result in both cutaneous and systemic manifestations, and can range from mild to severe symptoms. A severe form of this allergy is the Systemic nickel allergy syndrome, clinically characterized by cutaneous manifestations (contact dermatitis, pompholyx, hand dermatitis dyshydrosis, urticaria) with a chronic course and systemic symptoms (headache, asthenia, itching, and gastrointestinal disorders related to histopathological alterations of gastrointestinal mucosa, borderline with celiac disease). This review aims to briefly update the reader on past and current therapies for nickel contact allergy.

Nickel is the main sensitizer; its prevalence varies from 4.0 to 13.1% in different countries and is still increasing. Nickel allergy is more common among women than among men (17% and 3%, respectively). This difference is due to different rates of exposure of skin to this substance; such exposure (from jewelry, leathers, etc) is more frequent among women.  Makes sense, can I go shopping now! Continue reading

Am I Allergic to the Cold?

It’s January and thank goodness no blizzard like last year in Oklahoma!  But…can you be allergic to the cold?  Every year, I evaluate 1 or 2 patients with “cold-induced” urticaria and today was that day.  The following video is from Mayo clinic, but this condition can and does happen in Oklahoma.

Here is a link to USAToday and the same condition–>Allergic to Cold!