For years, I’ve known I had a nickel allergy. Every now and then, when I wore a favorite piece of costume jewelry or a white gold ring, I’d break out in an itchy rash underneath the item.
It was annoying, but not terrible. I simply avoided the troublesome piece of jewelry for awhile and the rash went away.
So when one of those mild rashes erupted into severe, long-lasting dermatitis, it threw me for a loop. Simply avoiding nickel-containing jewelry didn’t do the trick any longer.
I developed an intensely itchy, and sometimes painful, rash that spread from my fingers, to my hands and wrists. I also developed itchy spots on my neck and chest that refused to go away, no matter what I tried.
Of course, I went straight to Google, and spent countless hours searching and reading articles about every skin condition known to man (and woman). I have to tell you, some of the photos I accidently encountered were pretty disturbing!
The more I searched online, the more confused I became. I wasn’t sure if I was dealing with nickel allergy or something else. As a result, I ended up trying a lot of things that made my rash even worse.
Finally, I went to see a dermatologist (which is what I should have done in the first place) and had patch testing done. The test confirmed that I was highly allergic to nickel and, as a result, was experiencing contact dermatitis and dyshidrotic hand eczema.
Armed with this knowledge, and through quite a bit of trial and error, I found a combination of treatments, lifestyle habits, and mindset shifts that did the trick. I’m happy to say I’m now rash-free and itch-free.
My experience with nickel allergy put to test all of the ideas I promote on this site about the powerful effects of positive thinking. Espousing a belief is far easier than living it, and I have to admit it was often a struggle to “think good thoughts” when I was suffering with itchy, painful skin.
What I’ve discovered through this experience has been life-changing in many ways. The benefits of my new lifestyle go far beyond relief from an itchy rash. I’m a healthier, happier person overall, and it’s largely due to following a few specific steps, which I share in my new book, Nickel Allergy: Stop the Itch! 7 Simple Steps to Lasting Relief.
When I was searching the Internet for solutions, I hoped to find a guide like mine, with specific information, gathered in one place and presented by a person who actually experienced nickel-related reactions and found relief. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything, so I had to do some detective work and devise a treatment plan on my own, step-by-step.
My approach to stopping the itch and discomfort of nickel allergies has worked wonders in my life. I’m comfortable in my skin again, which is a blessing I give thanks for every day.
I believe everything we go through in life is given to us for a reason, and that reason is often so we can help others who are going through the same thing. The lessons I’ve learned through my experience were just too valuable to keep to myself.
My book offers a fresh, positive approach to this often-frustrating condition. It’s my hope that it will help others understand what’s triggering their nickel allergies (some of the sources are surprising), learn how to avoid nickel exposure, and find lasting relief.
Are you allergic to nickel, too? If so, please share your experience with me. I’d love to hear from you!