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Titanium is a Great Choice for Nickel Allergy - Here's Why!

If you have an allergy to metals like nickel allergy, you might be at a loss as to which metal is safe to use for personal accessories.  

NoNickel can help with finding the correct nickel free beltbuckle, ring etc.

Titanium belt from Nickel Smart

But what metal is safe for hip replacements and endovascular stents?  

Titanium has long been thought of by physicians as a “safe” metal.  According to Fisher’s Contact Dermatitis Book, “Documented allergy to titanium is exceedingly rare, so if tests to other metals are positive titanium is as safe an alternative as possible.”

Bio Medical Devices 

A favored titanium alloy in the medical field is the combination of nickel and titanium because of the strength and great shape memory properties the alloy has.  For example, orthodontic wires and endovascular stents are often made with the ni-ti alloy.  Although, extremely rare, some individuals may react to the metals used bio-medical devices such as nickel.  Current data suggests a metal allergy may increase the risk of stent restenosis. 

What should you do? Be pro-active! Tell all your health care providers that you have or suspect a nickel or metal allergy. 

Dermatologists or allergists specialized in patch testing can diagnosis what specific metal(s) you are allergic to.  

Alternatives are available for most devices including the nickel-titanium alloys. 

When a procedure is required, verify that the metal(s) you are allergic to are not in the device being implanted especially if an alloy is being used.

Remember a reaction is extremely rare, but be proactive. 

Personal Accessories 

Titanium ring from Nickel Smart is nickel free.

For personal accessories, titanium is a great choice if you have multiple metal allergies or are unsure of the specific metal/alloy you are allergic.  Titanium is extremely strong and incredibly lightweight. Pure titanium is as strong as many forms of steel, and 45% lighter!   

Titanium can be polished to a luster and is corrosion-resistant—perfect for eyeglass frames, belts, buckles, and rings.  

There are at least 50 grades of titanium.   Titanium is often alloyed with iron, aluminum, vanadium, molybdenum, nickel, among other elements, to produce strong lightweight alloys for aerospace, military, industrial, automotive, and medic

al industries.  

Nickel Smart™ Titanium products are not alloyed with nickel! 

- Did You Know?  

Titanium was discovered in England in 1771 and named for the Titans of Greek mythology. 

 

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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.

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

 

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