Management of contact dermatitis due to nickel allergy: An update

Fernanda Torres, Maria Das Graças, Mota Melo, Antonella Tosti

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Abstract

Nickel is the major cause of allergic contact dermatitis in the general population, both among children and adults, as well as in large occupational groups. This metal is used in numerous industrial and consumer products, including stainless steel, magnets, metal plating, coinage, and special alloys, and is therefore almost impossible to completely avoid in daily life. Nickel contact dermatitis can represent an important morbidity, particularly in patients with chronic hand eczema, which can lead to inability to work, a decrease in quality of life and signifi cant healthcare expenses. Therefore, its management is of great importance. This article reviews diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic strategies in this field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-48
Number of pages10
JournalClinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
Volume2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • Children
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Contact hypersensitivity
  • Metals
  • Occupational exposure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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