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Indian J Dermatol. 2013 May;58(3):240. doi: 10.4103/0019-5154.110846.

Low nickel diet in dermatology.

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Departments of Consultant Dematologist, DERMACARE Clinic, Bongaigaon, Assam, India.


Nickel is a ubiquitous trace element and the commonest cause of metal allergy among the people. Nickel allergy is a chronic, recurring problem; females are affected more commonly than males. Nickel allergy may develop at any age. Once developed, it tends to persist life-long. Nickel is present in most of the dietary items and food is considered to be a major source of nickel exposure for the general population. Nickel in the diet of a nickel-sensitive person can provoke dermatitis. Careful selection of food with relatively low nickel concentration can bring a reduction in the total dietary intake of nickel per day. This can influence the outcome of the disease and can benefit the nickel sensitive patient.


Allergy; diet; iron; nickel

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