Ask The Allergista: Is surgical steel nickel-free?

Q:

Hi Jennifer! I'm looking for earrings (nickel free). I find I must have an allergy to nickel. Would you happen to have any suggestions? I see some people on Etsy have surgical steel posts, but I'm a bit skeptical to get from individual vs. a company that verifies allergen free.

Also, thanks for listing all of your eczema resources. I have eczema, both my children have eczema and my 4 year old daughter has anaphylaxis to peanut. So, we are always looking for less harsh skin products and clothing. Thanks for sharing your story. You site is AMAZING. Thank you again.

A:

Hi there! And thank you thank you thank you! You are so incredibly welcome.

I would definitely NOT purchase surgical steel. I know it sounds like a good idea to a lot of people, but I've had HORRIBLE reactions to surgical steel posts before. ALWAYS buy sterling silver. And don't buy gold because since gold is soft, nickel is used to make it harder. As long as you buy sterling silver or platinum, you'll be all good.

I recommend using a nickel testing kit as well. These are the kind I use.

Also, make sure to check out my nickel-free board on Pinterest!

I hope this helps :-)

Sincerely,

The Allergista