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Glossary for Nickel contact allergy

  • Allergy-like conditions: Medical conditions with similar effects to those of allergies.
  • Hives: Weals on the skin due to an allergic reaction.
  • Immune disorders: Disorders that affect the immune system
  • Jewellery allergy: Jewellery allergy usually refers to an allergic response to nickel which is found in most jewellery. Even high carat gold has some nickel content which may pose problems for some people. Symptoms usually only involve the skin that is in contact with the jewellery. Nickel may also be found in watch straps, belt buckles and jeans studs.
  • Metal exposure-related conditions: Medical conditions related to exposure to metals and metal compounds.
  • Opportunistic infections: Is defined as an infection that occurs due to an organism that does not usually cause disease but becomes pathogenic under certain conditions
  • Skin conditions: Any condition that affects the skin
  • Skin swelling: The occurrence of swelling that is located on the skin


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