Tricky Nickel seems to show up in surprising places, especially at Halloween! Treat yourself to the helpful advice and products offered by The Nickel Allergy Experts at NoNickel.com. You’ll soon be flying high and nickel rash free.
Costumes, accessories, and even food and cosmetics can contain nickel. Halloween costumes and accessories are typically made for one-time use, so they are inexpensively produced using less costly materials such as nickel. An evening made for fun could soon turn into drudgery as nickel allergy symptoms work their mischief.
Not sure if you or your child have nickel allergy? The most common symptom is a red, itchy rash at the site of contact with metal. Likely suspects are usually belt buckles and jewelry, but at Halloween consider all the inexpensive props and accessories such as tiaras, magic wands, sunglasses, flashlights, cowboy belts…the list can go on and on.
If any allergic symptoms have occurred following the use of metallic items, a visit to a dermatologist or allergist specializing in allergic contact dermatitis will provide the diagnosis along with medical advice to prevent future reactions.
NoNickel.com was founded by a couple whose years in the dermatology field made them realize that it was extremely difficult to secure truly nickel free goods. Their diligence in assuring that their Certified Nickel Free products will never test positive for nickel have allowed customers to buy with confidence. While Halloween costumes aren’t available on their website, they offer a protective lacquer, Nickel Guard™, which can be used on small metallic items to provide a barrier between the metal and your skin. If you are unsure if the item contains nickel, use their test for nickel, Nickel Alert™. This easy-to-use test is extremely accurate and is safe to use on any metal. Once nickel is detected, either replace the item or use Nickel Guard. Avoidance of nickel is the only successful nickel allergy treatment.
While some cosmetics may contain nickel, it is also important to consider the makeup brushes, eyelash curlers, flat irons, curling irons…again an endless list! Check the product specifications and ingredient content, or do a small skin test before the magic night! Nickel isn’t the only cosmetic allergen that can cause a gruesome reaction, so do your Halloween homework to prevent the truly scary stuff!
For those with concerns about the nickel in food, only a specialist can advise on whether following a low nickel diet will improve a systemic allergy reaction. Certain Halloween foods are considered high in nickel content, including that Halloween staple, chocolate. As cocoa powder goes through a lengthy refining process, it is in contact with equipment that often contains nickel, which would then affect the nickel content of the cocoa powder.
Nickel is tricky, but with the advice of professionals such as The Nickel Allergy Experts at NoNickel.com, Halloween can be a night of ghoulish fun without the ghastly rashes! Enjoy!
Another important note: When you visit NoNickel.com, you may want to start your holiday shopping list! Beware! There are many new nickel free belts and a lot more hypoallergenic jewelry since this time last year! Carbon fiber belts are fast becoming the hot ticket item as they are metal free, nickel free, and beep-free belts! Nickel free distressed leather belts are also incredibly popular this time of year; now available in brown, gray, and even blue! Hurry, the limited edition Bluerock Mountain Distressed Leather Belt is selling fast; this perfect match for jeans is comfortable, unique, and guaranteed nickel free for life!