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Nickel Allergy 101

There is no cure for nickel allergy. It affects a great number of people and thankfully can be managed by avoidance and knowledge.

This information will help you understand nickel allergy and avoid nickel in your everyday life.

Nickel allergy is a very common form of dermatitis called allergic contact dermatitis or ACD. A rash develops after contact with nickel and may have the following characteristic(s): red, itchy, swelling, welts or hives, and cracks or fissures.

Piercing is a major cause of nickel allergy. When the skin is injured, prolonged contact with the nickel containing stud is a well known cause of sensitization. Sensitization can take a week, a month, or even years to occur.

Nickel salts from the jewelry penetrate the skin and cause the sensitization, then ultimately an allergic reaction. Once an individual is sensitized to nickel, symptoms will appear after contact with nickel.

Nickel allergy is considered a delayed Type IV allergy, meaning an allergic reaction may occur up to 48 hours after contact with nickel.

There is no cure for nickel allergy. Avoidance of nickel is essential for remaining symptom free.

Nickel allergy is the most common cause of contact dermatitis in the industrial world, particularly affecting females, and it is on the rise.

For more information on nickel allergy, visit our nickel allergy information page.


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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 center 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).

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.

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