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Nickel- environmental allergen
 
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Instytut Medycyny Pracy i Zdrowia Środowiskowego. Dyrektor Instytutu – dr n. med. Piotr Brewczyński
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Katedra i Zakład Higieny Akademii Medycznej im. Piastów Ślaskich we Wrocławiu
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Henryka Langauer-Lewowicka
41-200 Sosnowiec skr. poczt. 115 tel. 32 292 49 65
 
Med Srod. 2010;13(2)
 
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Nickel (Ni) is ubiquitus in our biosphere because of its emission from natural and anthropogenic sources. Its toxic and carcinogenic properties are well recognised only in workers exposed to high Ni concentrations. Nickel allergy is the most common form of cutaneus hypersensitivity in general population and also in occupationally exposed groups. As sensitizing agent Ni has a high prevalence of allergic contact dermatitis. The most important known risk factor associated with nickel allergy is ear piercing and use of other jewelry in females. In general population 17 % adults and 8 % children have Ni allergy symptoms. Permanently growing Ni allergy is regarded as serious risk for public health.
 
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