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April 06, 2018 2 min read

As temperatures rise, so do the incidences of itchy rashes and other symptoms of nickel allergy. To relate weather and allergy symptoms, simply consider how nickel is absorbed into the skin. Nickel ions from a metal source must be released to penetrate the skin, with moisture (read perspiration) this action can more readily occur.

So, as most of us are out enjoying the warmer weather, some are sidetracked with incredibly itchy and uncomfortable rashes; more severe reactions are not uncommon including blisters and oozing sores. These reactions can last up to a couple of weeks after the source of nickel is removed.

If you’re just learning about nickel allergy, here are some common sources in everyday life: jewelry is often seen as the most common culprit, with eyeglasses, sunglasses, and belt buckles also being frequently named as problematic.

Once a person has been diagnosed with nickel allergy, it is expected they will remain nickel allergic for life. Fortunately there are now many ways to control nickel allergy symptoms.  In tracking down the source of nickel, consider testing jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, and watch bands to see if these items test positive. Belt buckles have become a leading source for nickel allergy in men, and should also be tested.

Nickel Solution™ is a two-step kit that has proven invaluable to nickel allergy sufferers. Nickel Alert™ is the nickel test part of the kit; a dmg spot test for nickel that was formulated to make nickel allergy testing at home safe, easy, and accurate. The second step would be to protect the skin from nickel by using Nickel Guard™. Recommended by The Mayo Clinic, this lacquer has been developed specifically for those with sensitive skin, and has been clinically proven to be effective in providing a protective barrier between the skin and nickel.

Since testing and protecting do require time and persistence, another way to avoid nickel is to let the manufacturers do it for you. A word of caution here, though. Some companies may claim their products are nickel free, but our own testing has proven that there may be nickel free top coat, but with wear, the nickel base metal will be exposed resulting in allergic reactions.

Certified Nickel Free™ products are guaranteed for life to never test positive for nickel. If there is no nickel present, there will be no nickel allergy. These products range from handcrafted nickel free earrings and necklaces to belt buckles and handcrafted leather belts. 

New favorites for Spring include nickel free dichroic glass pendants in gorgeous colors and the amazing Carbon Fiber Belt Collection. These belts are not only completely safe for those with nickel allergy, they are also zero metal belts making them a top choice for anyone allergic to multiple metals or who are often screened through metal detectors. Since the pure carbon fiber buckle is hand stitched to the leather strap, there is truly no metal at all on each belt. Travel and work just got a tiny bit easier and 100% nickel rash free.


How to Measure Your Belt Size

Most of our belts are sized from the Buckle Fold to the Middle Hole. A 36” belt will have a middle hole at 36” and two holes on either side of the center spaced 1” apart each. A 36” belt can be worn as small as 34” and as big as 38”.

There are several options to determine your ideal belt size.

The ideal way is to measure your waist through your belt loops. This measurement is the size of belt you should purchase (i.e. if you have a 34” measurement, order a 34” belt).

How To Measure Your Belt Size

An alternative option is to measure your old belt from the  Buckle Fold to the Hole you use. If your belt measures 38” from buckle fold to the hole you use most; then order a 38” belt. This will give you a belt with 2 holes either side of the hole you use most.

If you still have questions, please call us!  704-947-1917


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