Highlights: Systemic nickel allergy syndrome is defined by contact dermatitis to nickel (e.g. a rash from wearing nickel containing jewellery) and dermatitis/gastrointestinal symptoms with oral consumption of nickel. In this study, subjects with systemic nickel allergy syndrome had improved tolerance to an oral nickel challenge after oral hyposensitization (gradually consuming increased nickel dosage over approximately one year).
Application to Dietetic Practice: Clients that have been diagnosed with systemic nickel allergy syndrome may benefit from nickel oral hyposensitization. A dietitian would be able to provide this service, in cooperation with the client’s physician.
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