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Skin Rash From Your Cash?

31st July 2013

Did you know that some things you touch on a daily basis could be causing damage to your skin? We recently heard that the British Treasury has announced that they will be replacing five and ten pence coins with new cheaper nickel plated steel versions. The alarming problem is that they're doing this without any assessment of the allergy and skin reaction risks associated with nickel.

No to Nickel

A recent study by a Swedish bank published in Contact Dermatitis suggested that the new cheaper replacement material for 5p and 10p coins deposits more nickel onto the skin than the previous coins. It was shown that the handling of nickel plated coins over one hour was four times higher than that of the copper nickel coins. This discovery highlights the fact that we aren't always aware of what can cause damage to our skin. Whilst we don't think you should be overly cautious about day to day activities, we do think that you should consult a qualified dermatologist to see if you think you might have a skin condition, especially if you're experiencing any reactions or rashes on your skin.

At sk:n, our expert dermatologists can advise you on skin rashes, and provide treatments for an extensive range of issues. The experienced teams at all of our sk:n clinics all deliver high standards, and are trusted specialists.

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