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Nickel allergy

Despite the high frequency of nickel allergy and the natural tendency of many clinicians to downplay its relative importance, there are few allergens that evoke so much controversy in contact dermatitis literature. Nickel is used in metal plating and is present in many alloys and chemical compounds. It is consistently the most common cause of allergic contact dermatitis, particularly in women. High rates of allergy are also seen among children.
Dermatology in practice 2007; 15(3): 18–20
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