The number of Americans who suffer from a nickel allergy soared 40 percent during the past five years, making nickel the fastest growing and biggest cause of skin rashes in North America today, according to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology's latest findings on skin allergens. Jewelry that is irresponsibly labeled, "hypoallergenic," body piercing, and inaccurate consumer information are blamed for the rash of nickel allergy patients.
For skin allergy information, or to purchase nickel-safe jewelry on line, simplywhispers.com offers links to the American Academy of Dermatology, Northeast Dermatology Associates, Dermatology On-line Journal, the Allergy Cyber Center and The Skin Site.
Nickel is used to make everything from snaps and paper clips to drawer pulls and jewelry shine. Unfortunately, this metal is to blame for rashes from jewelry and watchbands; including 14 kt gold pieces that often contain nickel as well. "Among all chemical allergens capable of producing a skin disease, nickel is the most common allergen in North America," says David Cohen, MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
"The popular trend in body piercing is contributing to the outbreak," says Dr. Cohen adding, "Locations such as the upper portions of the ears, lips, nose, nasal septum, tongue, navel, breasts and genitalia are frequently chosen for piercing, and have displayed a challenging array of allergic reactions."
The simplywhispers.com website offers three jewelry and watch collections on-line. Simply Whispers jewelry is made of surgical-grade stainless steel and 24 kt electroplated gold for allergy-safe, lightweight comfort. The Perfections line of allergy-safe jewelry and watches is made of allergy-safe metals electroplated with 24 kt palladium or 24 kt gold. The Ultra Whispers line is made with nickel-free solid 14 kt gold or sterling silver. Seasonal jewelry, watches, chains, necklaces, bracelets, rings, pins and earrings are available.
The website was created by Roman Research, the only US manufacturer of nickel-safe jewelry exclusively and sponsor of American Academy of Dermatology public education programs. The Hanson, Massachusetts company invented the safe, one-step ear-piercing gun. In addition to logging on at www.simplywhispers.com, free catalogs and ordering are available at 800-451-5700. Major credit cards are accepted.