Nickel dermatitis from cheap earrings

B. Santucci, P. V. Ferrari, A. Cristaudo, C. Cannistraci, M. Picardo

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In 1988, 64% of our patients patch test positive to at least 1 allergen of the ICDRG standard series were nickel sensitive. In 70% of 300 patients evaluated, dermatitis started on the earlobes and was related to the regular wearing of cheap earrings. At the same time, 62% of 735 young schoolgirls were found to have dermatitis of their earlobes and all regularly wore cheap earrings. 9 clasps and clips commonly used in earrings released high quantities of nickel ions (between 49 and 103 μg/12 h), having been stored in synthetic sweat. A round piece cut from a clasp was taped to the skin of 30 nickel-sensitive patients, previously tested with 20 μl of NiSO4 5%, 2.5%, 1% aq. solutions, giving a response similar to that caused by the 5% solution. High daily absorption of Ni ions through the skin follows its repetitive exposure to cheap earrings, causing, firstly, a direct inflammatory reaction, then followed, in our opinions, by sensitization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-248
Number of pages4
JournalContact Dermatitis
Volume21
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1989

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Dermatitis
Nickel
Skin
Ions
Patch Tests
Sweat
Surgical Instruments
Allergens
Wear of materials

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  • Immunology
  • Dermatology
  • Toxicology

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Santucci, B., Ferrari, P. V., Cristaudo, A., Cannistraci, C., & Picardo, M. (1989). Nickel dermatitis from cheap earrings. Contact Dermatitis, 21(4), 245-248.

Nickel dermatitis from cheap earrings. / Santucci, B.; Ferrari, P. V.; Cristaudo, A.; Cannistraci, C.; Picardo, M.

In: Contact Dermatitis, Vol. 21, No. 4, 1989, p. 245-248.

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Santucci, B, Ferrari, PV, Cristaudo, A, Cannistraci, C & Picardo, M 1989, 'Nickel dermatitis from cheap earrings', Contact Dermatitis, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 245-248.
Santucci B, Ferrari PV, Cristaudo A, Cannistraci C, Picardo M. Nickel dermatitis from cheap earrings. Contact Dermatitis. 1989;21(4):245-248.
Santucci, B. ; Ferrari, P. V. ; Cristaudo, A. ; Cannistraci, C. ; Picardo, M. / Nickel dermatitis from cheap earrings. In: Contact Dermatitis. 1989 ; Vol. 21, No. 4. pp. 245-248.
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