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Systemic Nickel Allergy Syndrome 

 February 21, 2017

By  Barbara Njuguna

 

Systemic nickel allergy syndrome (SNAS) is characterized by contact dermatitis associated with systemic symptoms after the ingestion of foods containing nickel. –World Allergy Organization Journal

 

Wait; what? There is another type of nickel allergy. Systemic nickel allergy syndrome is usually self-diagnosed unless you are in Italy; most doctors think a nickel allergy is just a rash.

But before that, let us peruse where nickel can be found, and if you have already read my other blog post, you can skip this.

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Here are some of the symptoms that are associated with systemic nickel allergy syndrome:

  • contact dermatitis
  • pompholyx
  • hand dermatitis dyshidrosis
  • urticaria – hives
  • headache
  • asthenia – abnormal physical weakness or lack of energy.
  • itching
  • gastrointestinal disorders related to histopathological alterations of the gastrointestinal mucosa, borderline with celiac disease

– Medscape



  • Fibromyalgia
  • Respiratory Symptoms

– Sharon E. Jacob

In rare cases, a nickel allergy can also lead to respiratory problems, including if you are inhaling nickel like factory smoke, dust, and smoke (i.e., cigarette smoke or any other smoking product)

 

  • A Runny Nose
  • Nasal Inflammation
  • Asthma
  • Sneezing

– HealthLine

  • Angioedema – swelling of the lower layer of skin under the skin or mucous membrane
  • gastrointestinal symptoms (recurrent aphthous (canker sore), abdominal bloating and pain, diarrhea and/or constipation, nausea and or vomiting, with endoscopic findings of chronic gastroduodenitis).
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Postprandial dyspnea
  • Cystitis – Inflammation of the bladder
  • Vulvovaginitis – inflammation or infection of the vulva and vagina
  • acne
  • iron-deficiency anemia

 L. Ricciadi, A. Arena, et al.

  • Gastrointestinal (meteorism, intestinal colic (cramp-like pain)

– Antonio Carroccio, PhD

Patients with contact dermatitis to nickel, gastrointestinal symptoms, and urticaria must be investigated about the ingestion of foods containing nickel. – World Allergy Organization Journal

But till next time

 

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Barbara Njuguna


Neurotically Nickely Challenged😫, food lover 🍱, social explorer🧘🏾‍♀️, & trying to navigate this adult life as nickel free as possible😓

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