Q. When I began my first real job in an office 20 years ago, I developed severe eczema from handling a large pair of scissors and wearing a new watch. Since the rash was only on my right hand and left wrist, an allergist tested me, and nickel was very positive. I solved the problem by covering the handles of the scissors and the underside of the watch with clear nail polish.
A. Others have also reported that clear nail polish painted on earring backings or other jewelry can protect against nickel skin reactions. Thanks for the tip.