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August 1968

Nickel Earlobe Dermatitis

Author Affiliations

Monroe, Wis

From the Department of Dermatology, The Monroe Clinic, Monroe, Wis, and the University of Wisconsin.

Arch Dermatol. 1968;98(2):155-158. doi:10.1001/archderm.1968.01610140053012

During a 12-month period, we observed 17 young women who became allergic to nickel following earlobe piercing procedures. All of the women developed draining, eczematous, pierced lobes after wearing implanted earrings two to four weeks. Ten of them subsequently developed more widespread reactions. Fifteen of the 17 women had signs or symptoms of the atopic diathesis.