Many millions of people have experienced the mysterious rash that can appear on skin that has come into contact with various pieces of jewelry and other metallic items. If you’re among that number, you’ve probably already figured out that you may just have an allergy to nickel, since that metal is so commonly a part of many forms of jewelry. If you’re also suffering from baldness, you might have also wondered about how and if nickel causes hair loss too.
To begin, it should be understood that this metal is the source of many common skin allergies. That should come as no surprise, given that it is a commonly used element in a variety of manufacturing processes. In fact it is so common that it can be found in everything from zippers to jewelry, certain coins, eyeglasses, and even cell phones.
The most common symptoms associated with this allergic reaction involve rashes, itchy skin, dryness, and even blistering. More severe reactions can include things like crusty scales on the skin. If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms within a day after coming into contact with anything containing nickel, you can either remove the jewelry or other items you’re in contact with or seek confirmation from a medical expert.
In many instances, this condition can be diagnosed with a visual inspection and a few questions. Other times, an allergy test is performed to be absolutely sure that the metal is the problem, but that is usually just a formality. The fact is that most people can determine if an allergy is present simply by removing the jewelry and waiting to see if the rash and other symptoms dissipate.
Though there is no question about this metal’s role as an allergen where skin is concerned, what about those who suffer from the effects of baldness? Does this element also play a role in that process? Scientists have conducted a great deal of research trying to find answers to that concern.
In study after study, only one fact seems clear: researchers are unable to discover any link between this metal and any form of baldness. This is true even in cases where the patient has strong allergies to nickel. This would seem to indicate that what looks like a connection between the metal and baldness is really nothing more than an unhappy coincidence. The baldness is most likely genetic.
Yes, our genes are still the primary reason we suffer from baldness. Of course, that research cannot completely rule out the metal a a possible cause for baldness. However, it does indicate that there is only a small chance that there is any cause and effect relationship between this particular allergy and the balding process.
That may be small consolation for those who suffer from this allergic condition, however, since it an allergy that has no cure once it develops. Still, with all of the dermatological irritation that a reaction to this common metal can cause, it is still somewhat comforting to know that it does not appear to play a role in baldness.