Hi all, I figured lupians are allergic to everything, so this might be a good site to ask questions about
nickel allergies. I've worn earrings since I was 16 (that's how old I had to be before my father would let me pierce my ears). For the past couple of months, I've noticed that my ears get very painful, my earlobes swell, my ears itch (the outside of them) and it generally hurts to touch them. They also get very red, especially my right ear. Anymore these days, I end up taking my earrings out early in the day because my ear will start aching in the hole around the earring. A few days without earrings and my ears feel a lot better. Does this sound like a nickel allergy? I should qualify that these are inexpensive earrings; I don't currently own a pair with 14k gold posts (I keep losing good ones, so I only buy cheap ones). Don't know for sure if they have nickel in them, but I'd be willing to bet that they do.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan