How can I avoid dermatitis after ear piercing?
Nickel dermatitis is a common condition in ear piercings.
The NSC reports that ear piercing often can be the start of a nickel allergy, which can manifest on other parts of the body.
- Use steel posts for newly pierced ears until healing is complete.
- When you switch to gold, remember that the lower the karat, the higher the nickel content. Anything less than 24-karat gold will have nickel in it.
For other suggestions in dealing with eczema and dermatitis, please see the entry on Eczema.