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Why is Nickel Allergenic?

  1. Dec 4, 2011 #1
    Nickel allergy is a very common allergy. It causes contact dermatitis. But why is it allergenic, being a metal. Recall that allergies are caused by an immune response. What exactly are you reacting to -- the nickel metal itself??
     
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  3. Dec 4, 2011 #2

    DaveC426913

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    Well a quick Google turns up this:
    http://corrosion-doctors.org/Allergies/images/Pierced.jpg

    Sorry, I meant this:

    http://corrosion-doctors.org/Allergies/nickelallergy.htm
     
  4. Dec 5, 2011 #3
    Interesting! Thank you.
     
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