Skin patch test catches metal sensitivity


February 24, 2012 1:43:02 PM PST
Dental experts say it is important for children to see a pediatric dentist by age 1 to establish a long-term dental hygiene and professional dental cleaning plan.

That's important because that could help identify people at increased risk for complications due to metal hypersensitivity.

Researchers note that nickel is a common component in alloys and also a leading cause of allergic skin reaction associated with metals.

In the study in the journal Archives of Dermatology, after a skin sensitivity was detected surgeons used implants that did not include metal and none of the patients developed skin problems or early joint loosening during follow up.