This is not a pity party and I'm not after sympathy, but I ran into a lovely girl at the
cosmetic counter, I overheard her talking about her eczema. I advised her to get an allergy test, I hope this post might help others going through these allergies.
2015- Addit- I have since found this interesting information about eczema
I have researched the subject as the information I was given was limited.
I have had to change careers, as I could no longer work as a Nurses Aid
The picture shows the day that I gave up my
nursing career, every pore on my face turned
into a blister and subsequently popped.
My hands were swollen and my fingers bleeding, my lips & face were swollen & covered in a yellow crust and it was extremely painful. A swab of my face showed i had staphylococcus aureus and streptococcus. While I worked in the Nursing Home we had many lectures about infection control & they would tell us the best form of prevention is intact skin, which I didnt have on my hands & that allowed it to be open to infection. I had to wear washing up gloves to shower myself for at least 6 weeks & could only use plastic cutlery as I am allergic to stainless steel as well.
I am allergic to nickel (slightly) Cobalt (severely) & to Rosin moderately/high some times it feels like i have itchy blisters that feel like I have battery acid on my hands.
........I will break it down into sections, Nickel and Cobalt are very similar
I have actually had an allergic reaction to non allergenic earrings because they are made from Stainless steel. I contacted a company and they said they are allowed to have less than .1% or something like that I cant remember the actual figure
....... you can read about it here
Cobalt is the blue pigment in porcelain, glass, pottery, ceramics, enamels, blue and green crayons and water colour paints. It is in metal plated objects like buckles, buttons zippers snaps eyelets, jewellery, utensils, tools, metal medical prostheses dental plates, hair dye, detergents, cosmetics (especially shimmery products) deodorant, cement and vitamin B12 shots that are given for anaemia. This means I have to take into considering when purchasing items studs on jeans, zippers, buckles on a handbag, watches, glass frames, scissors, saucepans, clasp of necklace, metal badges, pens, bra underwire, decorations, clasp and adjusters, zippers and decorations on shoes, handles on doors, car keys and coins are all off limits. Yes I am allergic to money! I also have a reaction to my mobile phone,so I tend to text people. It sounds hard and it was at first but then it becomes a habit and a normal part of your life. Basically I try to avoid everything silver and shiny, including handrails, which is a factor when catching a bus or train to work, especially when you have to stand or go up/ down stairs. It is also a factor when considering a career or workplace and how it will affect you, Men have a greater frequency of sensitization to nickel/cobalt at work than women and wet work increases the likelihood of a sensitization and assists with the transfer into your body.
You can become allergic after exposure to a large amount or if a material comes into contact with broken skin such as a cut or sunburn. It can also be genetic and often cobalt, nickel and chromium allergies go hand in hand.
There is no way to desensitize a person with nickel cobalt allergy with shots, pills or any other method avoiding cobalt/nickel is the key treatment. I find the less i expose myself to it the better I can tolerate small amounts of exposure without reacting. Luckily I dont appear to be affected by food containing these metals
Here is some information I found recently on the internet, which i felt was interesting, as I think you can become hypersensitive and become allergic to foods, I'd hate to think I couldnt have salmon steaks again.
Some people are sensitive to metal salts found in certain foods. If so, flare-ups of pompholyx may occur after eating foods containing nickel, cobalt or chromium salts. You can try avoiding the foods in question to see if it helps, although this strategy rarely works. To avoid nickel salts, eliminate canned foods, foods cooked in nickel-plated utensils (including stainless steel, which contains nickel), herring, oysters, asparagus, beans, mushrooms, onions, corn, spinach, tomatoes, peas, whole grain flour, pears, rhubarb, tea, cocoa, chocolate, and baking powder. To avoid cobalt, cut out apricots, beans, beer, beets, cabbage, cloves, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, liver, nuts, scallops, tea, and whole grain flour. Conventional medicine treats pompholyx with steroid creams or ointments and with antihistamines to relieve the itching and stress reduction techniques can help, biofeedback is often recommended as part of conventional treatment. Try visualization or hypnotherapy to take advantage of the mind/body connection in skin disorders. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) can be recommended for eczema. GLA, an unusual fatty acid found in evening primrose oil, black currant oil and borage, has specific nourishing effects on skin, hair and nails. Take 500 mg of GLA twice a day. Try eliminating milk and milk products and using aloe Vera gel, calendula lotion or cream, and try chaparral lotion, salves or a homemade poultice made from steeping leaves of chaparral (Larrea divaricata) in water and placing a cloth soaked in the liquid on irritated skin for 15-20 minutes four times daily.