3.1 Occupational Exposure
Workplace exposure is a common trigger for metal hypersensitivity. Certain occupations pose a special risk for metal exposure such as: construction workers, electricians, aircraft workers, hairdressers, wood and paper industry workers, painters, metal workers, textile industry workers, dentists and dental technicians.
Different colour tattoos may contain different metals. Red may be mercury-based and white is titanium-dioxide based for instance .
Smoking and vaping will expose you to multiple metals
Certain foods are high in nickel, fish from polluted sources may be high in mercury and titanium dioxide is used in some foods to brighten its appearance
3.7 Additional exposure
Some brands of nose and eye drops use thimerosal, a mercury containing substance as a preservative. Some contact lens solutions also contain thimerosal. Vaccines may contain aluminium as an adjuvant. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain either thimerosal or aluminium as of May 2021
4. Patch testing
Some dermatologists and allergists use patch testing to diagnose metal hypersensitivity though it may have irritative side effects
5. Your home
Some areas are more polluted than others and may have higher levels of metal vapours
9. Your family's health
Metal hypersensitivity appears to have a genetic component. Please include information about close relatives; parents, siblings or children (include grandparents and grandchildren if you consider necessary)
Some medication may affect the MELISA blood test. Patients should not be taking any immune suppressive drugs such as steroids. Always check with the prescribing doctor before stopping any medication.
11. Any additional information
The complex nature of metal allergies means it may manifest itself in ways not addressed by the above questions. If you have any unexplained symptoms, any other information you feel relevant, please detail as much as you can below..