Metal Allergies - What to Do When It's More Than Nickel
Been learning about your nickel allergy and just found out it's not only nickel but other metals too? While nickel allergy is highly prevalent, it's not uncommon for people to be allergic to more than just nickel.
Metals with the highest allergic patch-test reaction rates include nickel, gold, manganese, molybdenum, palladium, cobalt, mercury, beryllium, chromium, and silver. While titanium, zinc, tin, and aluminum allergies are uncommon, it is possible to have an allergy to these metals. You should consult a dermatologist or allergist to determine which metals you are allergic to. Allergy reactions will vary depending on the concentration and duration of contact.
If you have multiple metal allergies, you'll need to be careful with what metals you allow to touch your skin. Look beyond "hypoallergenic" labels - that term isn't regulated and might not indicate that something is safe for you to wear.
Titanium and carbon fiber are great belt buckle alternatives to metals like nickel. Titanium has low allergenicity, and carbon fiber is completely metal free. That makes them your best bets for keeping your stomach free and clear of allergy rash.
Titanium (Ti) has a very high strength to weight ratio in addition to being corrosion resistant. While it can be pricy, these attributes make it an ideal material for belt buckles, jewelry and for use within the human body. Perfect for heavy duty or work belts, titanium buckles are extremely durable.
Carbon Fiber (CF) is lighter and stiffer than steel. It's made from organic polymers and drawn into long strands or fibers, which consist of long strings of molecules held together by carbon atoms. A high-tech look that's great for casual or professional settings.
If you have any questions about which products might be best for your situation, we're happy to help you find a belt that can work for you. Give us a call at 704-947-1917, chat with us online, or contact us via email!