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"Symptoms of metal allergy usually appear within six to 24 hours after exposure to metal. The only truly effective way to prevent metal allergies is to eliminate exposure to the allergen that triggers symptoms. This can be exceedingly difficult with metal allergies, because allergens such as nickel are present in so many products. However, brief contact with metals usually will not cause a reaction, even in allergic individuals. The key is to avoid regular, sustained skin contact with the allergen."

This is why I don't wear a name tag at work. I'll pop one on occasionally, if we're expecting a corporate visit or somesuch, but otherwise....

It seems like as I age, I become more sensitive, too. My fillings don't bother me (I read that it is super rare to be allergic to that metal...), but yanno the thin material in your pants pockets? Apparently my work keys are able to burn right through those puppies, as it now looks like I seared my skin where they sit.

Awesome.

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snonsumr
Jan. 13th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
Is there a way to put your keys on a carabiner & clip it to a belt loop on your pants to stop this from happening?
aubkabob
Jan. 13th, 2010 05:42 am (UTC)
It's already clipped to a carabiner, I just have it on a wrist strap that I salvaged from a throwaway camera so that they sit in my pocket. I just may have to do the thing where they hang out on my hips, but I so don't wanna!
queenofhearts
Jan. 13th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, that's terrible! O_O
view_from_here
Jan. 13th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
oh no! :( That's awful..
zon14
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, I've found too that as I age, metal allergies have kicked in. I can no longer wear even silver for some reason. Tried a brand new steel band for a piece, no dice. Gave me a nice red line around my neck. Cleaning did not help. Feh.
aubkabob
Jun. 24th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
The older I get, the more photosensitive I am, too.

Stupid sun.
bigstusexy
Feb. 24th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Now that I think about it, when I was younger I use to get tingly and warm when I handled keys for a while, the longer I did that and the more it was copper the more I would itch. I think I've gotten over it but now normal allergens for asthma will be the death of me
aubkabob
Jun. 24th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
It comes and goes for me - around January/Feb of this year, I went through a phase where I seemed to be able to handle metals of all kind, and I hoped that maybe I had outgrown the silly allergy. Alas, it's back.
bigstusexy
Jun. 24th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
Hmmm maybe its a secondary reaction, perhaps something sets you in to a sensitive state and then your metal allergy comes back?
aubkabob
Jun. 24th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
*shrug* who knows? Maybe I'll learn more about it as I head towards my nursing career!
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