Once nickel sensitivity has been contracted, the condition is for life.However, if the sufferer comes into contact with nickel for a prolonged period, a visit to the doctor may be necessary. If the level of contact dermatitis (nickel allergy) is severe, they may prescribe one of the following.
• Corticosteroid cream such as clobetasol (Temovate, Cormax, etc) and betamethasone dipropionate (Diprolene)
• Oral corticosteroid such as prednisone, if the reaction is severe or a rash covers a large area
• Oral antihistamine such as fexofenadine (Allegra) and cetirizine (Zertec), for relief of itching.
All contact with the item containing nickel must be stopped immediately.
Remedies available from your local chemist
You may buy some of the following treatments at your local chemist to treat contact dermatitis due to nickel allergy. If these treatments don't help, make an appointment with your doctor.
• Soothing lotions such as calamine lotion, may ease itching.
• Wet compresses can be placed
over the rash to help dry blisters and relieve itching. A wet compress
can be made by soaking a clean cloth in a solution containing aluminum
• Over-the-counter corticosteroids may lesson itching and improve the condition of the rash. Talk to your doctor about how long you can safely use the product.
• Over-the-counter oral antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), may help relieve itching.
You should avoid certain over-the-counter antibiotic creams, which may contain ingredients that can increase the allergic reaction.