What is nickel?
Nickel is an element that is commonly used as a metal alloy. Nickel is inexpensive and easy to manufacture, which is why it is often included in the manufacturing of so many products.
How common are nickel allergies?
Studies show that over 10% of people have a nickel allergy. Woman are much more likely to have or develop a nickel allergy than men. Many studies have linked this to ear piercing and costume jewelry.
What does an allergic reaction to nickel look or feel like?
An allergic reaction to nickel can appear in many ways. Most commonly, it is a rash or eczema like patch where the person has recently been in contact with nickel. Some feel a tingling, burning, or numbness when they are in contact with nickel.
Can I still play my instrument if I'm allergic to it?
Yes! You are not alone. There are many musicians who are allergic to parts of their instrument, due to the nickel content. You can find resources on this website that will help you adapt and accommodate your instrument so that you can continue playing and stay reaction free.