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Nickel Allergy And Celiac Disease


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#1 MollyBeth

 
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Posted 19 November 2010 - 05:27 PM

Hello All!
It's been a while since I've been on here. Life has been going well and two years in I'm finally feeling like this gluten free stuff is getting almost easy!
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. I've been struggling with allergic reactions lately and testing confirms that I am allergic to nickel which is found in a surprising amount of foods. The foods that I've used to replace the glutenous foods I used to love. Potatoes, beans, chocolate... these are just a few of the items on the list. I'm also supposed to avoid hot water from the tap? I don't know if that means I need to start taking cold showers or what? So anyway, I'm just two days into this and am obviously still doing research but I thought I'd drop by here and see if anyone else has this strange combination of Celiac disease and a nickel allergy. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. I hope this message finds all of you in high spirits and good health!
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#2 missy'smom

 
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Posted 19 November 2010 - 06:05 PM

Sorry you have this additional challenge.:( Those of us with gluten issues seem to have sensitive immune systems! Don't know about nickel but I have a recent latex allergy dx and in latex allergy forum some have nickel allergy as well. Not familiar with the nature of the connection. I recently had a dx of chocolate allergy too and it's one of the very few indulgences I had left, the only "sweet". In our family, we tend to become allergic to the things that we eat often. Sigh...
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Posted 19 November 2010 - 06:46 PM

Yes I Do!! My sister gave me a watch and it had nickle on the backplate. It made me break out in a rash, I had to stop wearing it :(
Hope this helps, I've just been diagnosed with celiac and still have a lot to learn
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Posted 20 November 2010 - 04:28 AM

Yes I Do!! My sister gave me a watch and it had nickle on the backplate. It made me break out in a rash, I had to stop wearing it Posted Image
Hope this helps, I've just been diagnosed with celiac and still have a lot to learn


I have the same nickel allergy problem and have never been able to wear inexpensive dept. store jewelry, especially earrings. In fact, I've had this for my entire life. And I was just diagnosed with celiac in April with positive blood tests as well as endoscopy/biopsy.

There is a company who makes inexpensive nickel-free jewelry and I'm able to wear it without a problem although it's been years since I ordered. Simply Whispers



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Posted 20 November 2010 - 05:11 AM

I get a rash from nickel containing jewelry. I can wear only gold, and not even white gold, which contains nickel. I have a titanium watch. The gold ones I could afford kept breaking. I take hot showers, but I do heat up water for coffee, tea etc. and don't use hot water from the tap, but cold to start. I eat potatoes without problems, but I haven't found a chocolate which doesn't gluten me as I am super sensitive. Beans I can manage too if I sort and wash. Could there be some connection between nickel allergy and celiac disease?
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Posted 20 November 2010 - 05:42 AM

I get a rash from nickel containing jewelry. I can wear only gold, and not even white gold, which contains nickel. I have a titanium watch. The gold ones I could afford kept breaking. I take hot showers, but I do heat up water for coffee, tea etc. and don't use hot water from the tap, but cold to start. I eat potatoes without problems, but I haven't found a chocolate which doesn't gluten me as I am super sensitive. Beans I can manage too if I sort and wash. Could there be some connection between nickel allergy and celiac disease?


I'm a yellow gold person as I never liked white gold but wasn't aware that it contained nickel.

My daughter is also gluten free (had a very positive DGP test in late Aug. but skipped the endoscopy/biopsy) and is able to wear inexpensive costume jewelry without a problem. However her daughter (my granddaughter) has a nickel allergy. She's going to be 13 in Dec. and my daughter plans to have her tested when she has her annual check-up even though she has exhibited no celiac symptoms that we're aware of. Interesting thread and I never thought of the possible connection.
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#7 MollyBeth

 
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Posted 20 November 2010 - 01:33 PM

It's always something. Just found out today I'm also allergic to something in rubber. My B12 and Iron are also too low again. Started dailyB12 shots today and am going in for IV iron next week. It will all be ok but this is all just frustrating.

Thanks for the jewelry site. I will look into it.
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Posted 21 November 2010 - 07:20 PM

I have a nickel allergy and I can't wear cheap jewelry at all. I once had a belt buckle give me a rash on my bellybutton -- it was awful.

As for white gold, not all of it is made with nickel. My wedding band has never given me a problem. I'm not sure how one would find out what the alloy metal is in a particular piece of jewelry, though.

I wear stainless steel (in my piercings) and sterling silver, mostly.

I wonder if it's related to celiac somehow, or if we are just more prone to these sorts of things?
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Posted 21 November 2010 - 09:06 PM

Nickel allergy is usually caused by getting your ears pieced with nickel-containing earrings. They've banned nickel in jewelry in European countries because of the likelihood of developing the allergy, but I believe it is still legal here. I also am alleric, as many people are...this is quite common.

I've never heard of the need to cut out nickel-containing foods. In fact, it seems very difficult, as it's a trace mineral and naturally occurs in all soil, etc. Is this something your doctor recommended? Did he/she say why? Just curious for my own knowledge...
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#10 MollyBeth

 
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Posted 21 November 2010 - 09:54 PM

Yeah he told me to try a low nickel diet but that it would be hard because I'm gluten free. He didn't say I needed to completely eliminate it though like we do with gluten. He said chocolate and tree nuts were big ones. I'm still doing research. I'm going back in on Monday so I plan to talk to him more about it.
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 05:20 AM

I had a nickel allergy before I had my ears pierced. I also eat a lot of nuts without any issues. Go figure.
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 05:36 AM

I have had a nickel allergy for as long as I can remember. I can only wear yellow gold. I had to have all the amalgum taken out of my teeth and root canals, because I had such a terrible bone and tissue reaction to it.

Here is some information on nickel.
Nickel
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 07:34 AM

Nickel allergy is usually caused by getting your ears pieced with nickel-containing earrings. They've banned nickel in jewelry in European countries because of the likelihood of developing the allergy, but I believe it is still legal here. I also am alleric, as many people are...this is quite common.


I never knew that. I can't handle nickel in jewelry sterling silver is fine and we didn't realize it until I got my ears pierced as a kid. They were so infected that one hole never closed properly.

I've never had a problem eating foods that like chocolate or nuts. And I use ridiculously hot water to wash my face every day. Good luck with the trial diet. :)
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 08:37 AM

Do be sure to look into that rubber issue. If it's natural latex rubber allergy, nrla, then there are a number of everday things that need to be looked into and it's especially important to know about and notify others of in a medical setting.
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 10:27 AM

I'm surprised so many of you can wear sterling silver with nickle allergies. Most US made sterling is hardened with nickle. I can't wear most sterling.
Birch Hills is another company that makes nickle free jewelry. I buy it at Stein Mart.
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