Hidden Nickel

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I had patch testing done years ago and was able to have relatively itch free years. Knowing the chemicals and metals that affect me and being free of them makes it so much easier to figure out when something new sneaks in. Sometimes it takes awhile but the most usual suspect is nickel.

Two surprising sources of nickel are acupuncture needles and supplements/pills. I thought the needles were supposed to be 100% stainless steel but I was having a reaction and my practicioner contacted the manufacturer and there is a slight amount of nickel in them. So slight that they are not obliged to list it!

I have also realised after many months of dealing with hands that were erupting,peeling and repeat for months that the supplements I was taking were causing the outbreaks. They and many pills, toothpastes and other products have titanium dioxide added for whitening. This titanium dioxide also has some nickel added during production which is not listed on any packaging. I have now stopped taking the supplements and are researching others that are not coated.

Hope this info helps others who are suffering and looking for hidden triggers!
— Anonymous

I’ve always wondered about acupuncture needles! The practice of acupuncture has interested me for quite some time and I almost booked an appointment. I ended up being swayed in another direction (you can read about there here), but after reading your story I’m glad I didn’t try the needles! I think it’s terrible that they aren’t at least required to list a trace amount of nickel. Some of us are crazy sensitive!

I gave a big frowny face when I read about the supplements… nickel seems to be hidden in SO many things. It’s overwhelming! I’m glad you were smart enough to figure out that tid bit about titanium dioxide, though. Good job! Now I’m gonna check my vitamins. Thank you for sharing this info with us :-)

XOXO, Jennifer