Can Nickel Allergy Go Away On Its Own?
If you develop nickel allergy it will be for life and whenever you have direct contact with nickel the allergy would manifest. There is no cure for nickel allergy and only symptomatic treatment is available. Nickel allergy is the commonest contact allergic dermatitis. The allergic reaction usually occurs after 12-48 hours after direct contact with nickel but sometimes the allergic reaction can occur even after 48 hours. The allergic reaction usually lasts for about 2-4 weeks and goes away. Even if you don’t apply any local ointments or creams the allergic reaction will go away in about 2 – 4 weeks if the direct contact with nickel is avoided after the manifestation of the reaction.
But the problem is until the allergic reaction goes the symptoms such as itchiness, redness and hives might remain and out of this, this itchiness is a disturbing symptom as it can even affect your day to day work. Severe scratching can damage the skin and that can be an entry point for the organisms to get inside the skin and cause skin infections. Therefore, you should get treatment for the itchiness and to reduce the inflammation to avoid the complications and to continue with your normal day to day work. If you have come in contact with nickel again the allergic reaction can manifest in the area with contact. (2)
Natural Remedies For Nickel Allergy
There is no cure for nickel allergy but the natural remedies can help reduce symptoms such as itchiness and inflammation. You can do the following treatment at home if you develop a nickel allergy but if it doesn’t help seek medical care.
Apply soothing lotions such as calamine lotion which can reduce the itching.
Apply Natural Anti-Inflammatory And Anti-Microbial Extracts: Ginger has both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It reduces the inflammation, itchiness and soothes your skin. Add a piece of ginger to a cup of water and boil it. then let it cool down, take cotton balls to soak it in the ginger water and apply on the affected areas. Tea tree oil also has both properties. Add seven drops of tea tree oil to a teaspoon of carrier oil, mix it well and apply on the affected areas.
Apply Wet Compresses: Wet compresses can relieve the itchiness and help to dry the blisters. Get a clean cloth and soak it in cold water and apply directly to the affected skin areas.
Moisturize Regularly: The natural barrier of your skin is disrupted with nickel allergy (with any allergy) therefore you need to build it by using emollient creams or lotions. This way you might not need to apply topical corticosteroids. Aloe vera gel (extract from the plant aloe vera) also has moisturizing properties which can help to restore the natural skin barrier. Additionally, it also has anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties and speeds up the healing process. You can extract the aloe vera gel or buy the gel and directly apply to the affected areas, leave it for 30 minutes and then wash it off. Similarly, coconut oil is also a natural moisturizer because of its medium-chain fatty acids. It also has anti-inflammatory properties as well and reduces the inflammation and itchiness. Get 100% virgin coconut oil, rub it between your palms to make it warm and directly apply on the affected areas and keep for 20-30 minutes and wash it off. (1) (2)
Nickel allergic reaction usually occurs after 12-48 hours after direct contact with nickel but sometimes the allergic reaction can occur even after 48 hours. The allergic reaction usually lasts for about 2-4 weeks and goes away even without any treatment. But the itchiness and other symptoms can affect your day to day life and may lead to skin infections. Therefore, treatment prevents these problems. natural remedies for nickel allergy include the application of calamine lotion to reduce the itchiness, daily moisturizing with emollient lotions, aloe vera, or coconut oil; applying natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial such as ginger and tea tree oil extracts and applying wet compresses.
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