If you are have allergic contact dermatitis it does NOT mean, that you also have allergy towards nickel in food. Only few people get allergy towards nickel in food. Unfortunately I am one of them. I do have a complete list over nickel in food, it even indicates how much there is in what, and what you should avoid if you are on a nickel diet. It is trustworthy because it is made by the Danish Health Department, which also means, that it is written in Danish. I can translate it for you, but you should first do the following:
Get an allergy test and ask your doctor if you could be allergic towards nickel in food. The Danish Health Department advises that you go on a 1-2 month long nickel diet, where you lower your intake of nickel a lot.
This is a very demanding process, (I was on it for 6 months because of my severe allergy), where you need to be really stick about what you eat, and how much in order to keep track of you nickel intake. Don't begin if you are going through a very stressful period of your life.
If the diet makes your allergy better, you should continue living on food with low nickel - but not as strictly as when on the diet. If you are a vegetarian - start eating meat! There's no way around it, sorry, but almost all the vegetarian substitutes for meat, are no-goes for people with allergy towards nickel in food.
Good luck, and let me know, if you want me to translate the list. If you know someone who reads/speaks Danish, let them help you. Here's a few links. The first one is a list with rankings of nickel in the different foods, the second is a list, where the left column indicates what you should NOT eat, while the right column is what you can eat when on a diet:
I thought I was the only one with this problem.
a very special person for me is very allergic to nickel
I was wondering if it would be possible to have that list in english
If at all possible please list the foods in English on this site. That way all that are allergic to nickel will be able to decide what and what not to eat.
You may be a life saver.
* Baking powder
* Brown lentils
* Canned foods
* Food cooked with or in nickel-containing utensils
* Whole meal flour
I also just found out that I am allergic to nickel in food. My dermatologist gave me a long list of foods containing nickel from a dermatology textbook. He also gave me a food pyramid that has which foods are high, medium, and low nickel content. Here goes:
All Canned food
Food cooked in nickel pots (nonstick are fine)
Whole wheat flour
Unpolished (brown) rice
Soy protein powder
Vitamins with nickel
I have been on this diet for almost 3 weeks. It's tricky at first, but if you are careful and read ingredients it's not too bad. When I've accidentally eaten something, for example soy sauce, I broke out almost immediately. My next plan is to slowly add things back and see what I react to. Good luck!b
My point in all of the food lists Coffee is always left out.
In the last five years I have become a coffee lover and thats when I noticed a my allergy get worse. I do get the classic ( I call them burns) burns when nickel items such as buttons or watches touch my skin. But I also get very, very itchy 2-3 days after comsuming food with higher contents of nickel. So much to the point that my father and I have nicknamed it the "itch". Trying to tell someone what it feels like, I always tell them it is 100 times worse than poison ivy or oak because it comes from within. It is also accompanied by spots on the skin that become very dry and red ( and almost apear like a burn ) they can pop up anywhere but mostly on the legs, stomach and elbows.
There are a couple things that I have tried to counter act it such as taking an over the coutner allergy medicine or taking a bath in bleach( 1-2 cups in the water). These however are only temporary. Drink that causes problems for my Dad is Beer.
Another reaction that I get is to choclate. I start coughing shortly after and for a period of time after eating. I also relate this to the nickel allergy.
Most davs its okay. But at times can be very frustating.
I have never been tested for nickel food allergy. I love most of the foods on the do-not-eat list. Is it possible to have a nickel food allergy without having overt symptoms? Can nickel consumption be the unknown cause of a chronic mental or physical illness when someone has severe nickel contact allergy?
I never thought to link any of it to my nickel allergy, which I've known about for as long as I can remember. I never wear jewelry because of it.
So now I'm reading about all these things I'll try to avoid eating. But what is it you DO it? I'll do my reading, but in the meantime any hints would be much appreciated. I'm a total newbie when it comes to nutrition, which is probably part of the problem...