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27 Jul 2005

allergic to earings
Hi, i am a 43 year woman and have always been able to use imitation jewellery and earings, however i have found that since i have had a second hole pierced in my ears i can no longer use artificial or imitation jewellery as it causes an irritation where my ears and earlobes become painful. What could be respponsible for this condition? Your feedback on this condition would be appreciated. Could the answer please be sent to the email address specified. Thank you
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01 Jan 0001

You have developed an allergy to the metal found in to these "artificial or imitation jewellery", a condition which is quite common. Yes, it can suddenly appear even though you've worn these type of jewelry all your life as your allergy allergy developed gradually.
A solution may be to use only pure silver and gold after your ears have healed, but in some cases even these may cause an allergy.
This condition develops when small amounts of nickel (a common jewelry filler) from the metal pin that preserves a newly pierced hole are carried into the body through the bloodstream as the wound heals. From here on your allergy may develop gradually. Studies of nickel plated earrings show that 10 to 15 percent of females suffer from this condition. A leading dermatologist suggests that ears should be pierced only with a stainless-steel needle, and that only earrings with stainless-steel posts should be worn while the earlobes heal.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
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