Metal allergies occur when the body is exposed to metal and develops an immune response. Although metal allergies are relatively rare, they can cause a wide range of symptoms that may fluctuate in severity depending on your individual sensitivity.
The most common metal allergy is contact dermatitis, especially to nickel found in buttons and jewelry. Contact dermatitis causes red, itchy, blistering skin reactions where the metal touches the skin. As metals are used in several medical devices – orthopedic, dental, cardiac, and other implants – metal allergy may trigger other symptoms. Examples of these include pain and inflammation at the implant site, poor wound healing after surgery, or implant loosening.
It might be difficult to diagnose and manage hypersensitivity reactions to implanted metals.
At Allergy Partners, we provide comprehensive allergy testing to the most common metal and cement compounds used in dental and orthopedic implant surgeries. This patch testing is done in our office and typically requires three visits over the course of a week or less. These tests involve applying patches to your back with hypoallergenic tape. We will apply an allergen paste to a rash-free area of your skin to detect any irritation.
Testing is recommended for people with:
- A history of localized rash from metals, such as jewelry or buttons
- A history of metal allergy preparing to have a joint replacement or other medical implant
- A joint or implant failure
If you suspect that you may be allergic to metal, it is important to consult with a medical professional. Patch tests can determine whether the metal is indeed the culprit causing your symptoms. After testing, your results will be given to you and your referring doctor and be used to make a suitable decision for the proper treatment.
Planning Your First Visit
Schedule an appointment at your local office and fill out our pre-registration and medical history forms to help minimize any wait time when you arrive.
Your First Visit
Your initial visit will consist of a consultation, review of your medical history and a comprehensive exam to build a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.
Diagnostics and Testing
We may complete one or more tests to better understand the cause of your symptoms. Common tests include skin testing, pulmonary testing, and blood testing.
Following the evaluation and testing, we’ll provide a comprehensive diagnosis and implement a personalized treatment plan that will deliver relief.
When it comes to metal allergy testing, diagnosis, and treatment, the professionals at Allergy Partners are here for you. Our allergists have the necessary knowledge and experience to provide you with the best possible care, fit for your unique needs.