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Clinical Notes
April 10, 1967

Development of Allergic Nickel Dermatitis From Earrings

Author Affiliations

From Welborn Memorial Baptist, St. Mary's, and Protestant Deaconess hospitals, Evansville, Ind.

JAMA. 1967;200(2):176-178. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120150132037

WEARING EARRINGS is the latest vogue among adolescent girls. The most fashionable earrings require the ear lobes to be pierced. A physician may do this, a friend, or a relative; it is possible to buy an instrument to do it yourself; and there is even a gadget available that will pierce the ears while sleeping. It is common practice to insert the jewelry device at once so that the channel stays open.

During the fall of 1966 and in a period of one month, five girls were seen with itchy, inflamed, and indurated ear lobes. Brief reports of the cases are presented.

Report of Cases 

Case 1.—  A apprehensive 19-year-old girl was seen for a papular acne. Her inflamed ear lobes drew attention. In July, 1966, the girl's grandmother had pierced her ears with a heated needle. A set of 10-carat gold, post-type earrings were inserted and worn daily. Inflammation