Metal Allergy pp 483-493 | Cite as

Metal Allergy and Hand Eczema

  • Richard BransEmail author
  • Swen M. John


Hand eczema can be caused or aggravated by metals, especially in occupational settings. In particular, metal-induced allergic contact dermatitis of the hands should be considered in individuals with metal allergy. The most important metal allergens are nickel, cobalt and chromium. The level and type of exposure to these metals have substantially changed over time and differ between countries. Thus, if a metal is suspected as a possible cause of hand eczema in sensitised individuals, a thorough investigation is required to assess the specific metal exposure and its relevance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Dermatology, Environmental Medicine and Health TheoryUniversity of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany

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