March 27, 2012 - PRLog -- As many schools prepare for Spring Concerts, many band teachers, students, and parents may be unaware of potential problems for anyone suffering with nickel allergy.
Brass, woodwinds, and string instruments may all contain nickel. Musicians have long considered contact dermatitis to be an occupational hazard for those with allergies to metal. Further exacerbating the problem of skin contact with nickel is the pressure, friction, and moisture related to sweat and saliva. These conditions worsen an already existing nickel allergy causing extreme discomfort.
Symptoms of nickel allergy include red rashes, bumps on the skin, moderate to severe itching, swelling, blisters or crusting skin. These symptoms are generally isolated to the area in contact with the metal containing nickel.
Parents and teachers should consider recommending nickel allergy testing for a guitarist with rashes on the hand, an oboist with itchy lips, or even a violinist using a metal chin rest that is causing welts on the neck area.
There are remedies, but each case should be tested by an allergist or dermatologist to make the correct diagnosis. Following testing, it may be recommended that the band member take a break from music until the skin condition heals. Additionally, acoustic guitarists may select from bronze, copper or nylon strings that will not cause a reaction. Plastic mouthpieces are available for woodwind and brass instruments, and in some cases, gloves may help the allergy.
To forestall these problems, consider testing band instruments prior to buying or using them. Minute concentrations of nickel can be detected by using Nickel Alert™, from NoNickel.com. This product can show a positive nickel result in seconds and is safe to use on any band equipment.
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