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    Old 04-09-2008, 05:42 AM   #1
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    Is it possible to be allergic to metal folding chair?

    I have had a pretty bad problem for a year and a half now in the external female area. Redness, tenderness, rash, blisterlike at times. I have been to many doctors and the conclusion right now is that it looks like contact dermatitis. Something is irritating my skin.

    The dermatologist did a patch test and it showed I was allergic to nickel. Well that discouraged me because I knew nothing nickel or metal was ever exposed to those areas, so I still didn't know what was causing my problem. And nickel didn't seem to bother me in other areas like earrings. I had switched to free and clear laundry detergent, etc. etc. and still had this problem.

    I got to realizing this weekend that the very month that I started having irritation was the very month I began to go a group that uses metal folding chairs. Once a week I go there and I always wear a skirt or dress there and sometimes I can feel me "sticking" to the chair because I get kinda hot and sweaty.

    Is it possible that somehow even through my underwear, my body is reacting to the nickel in the folding chair? I can hardly believe that all this misery and pain may have been caused by a chair! Can it be? Anyone have any experience with this? Thanks! Any other ideas how my nickel allergy could be causing this problem?

     
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    Old 04-09-2008, 06:36 AM   #2
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    Well, when you galvanize metal you use nickel to control the iron-zinc reaction ... but I'm wondering if it isn't that the surface is totally unbreatheable ... isn't the chair painted? Galvanized surfaces take paint very poorly, unless it's special ($$$) paint.

     
    Old 04-09-2008, 11:16 AM   #3
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    Re: Is it possible to be allergic to metal folding chair?

    No, the chairs aren't painted. They are shiny silver looking.

     
    Old 04-09-2008, 01:57 PM   #4
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    Re: Is it possible to be allergic to metal folding chair?

    Hi Rorie! YES! It happened to me about 8 years ago during the summer and the chair that I was sitting on--actually two different chairs that I made contact with--one painted, one not--and I had a reaction to the bare metal on one of them and the paint from the other one. Upon allergy testing, I was allergic to nickel, paint, and dyes and I got my answer. I hope this was a little helpful. Take care--Hopeto--

     
    Old 04-09-2008, 07:23 PM   #5
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    Re: Is it possible to be allergic to metal folding chair?

    If you don't mind, Hopeto, please answer this: you said it happened to you... what kind of reaction did you get? Was the reaction only in the areas that contacted the chair?

     
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    Hi Rorie! It was like a contact allergen initially around the area where I sat(back of legs, buttocks, behind the knees) and the more I scratched I swear some of faint flecks of metal paint spread and the itch extended. You think you're going to go out of your mind from the itch! I immediately got some soap and water and baking soda to try to calm the itch down.I was at a friend's when this happened and luckily it responded without antihistamines. I usually carry a towel with me now in the car when I have to go anywhere because it could happen again. I've even had this happen to the back of my legs sitting on a sofa cushion because of foam rubber that I'm allergic to! I feel your pain, believe me, and it is no joke to be in that much agony. Let me know how you make out. God bless--Hopeto--

     
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