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.

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  1. Em

    A person does not get eczema from handling scissors or wearing a watch. That would be caused by nickel creating a contact dermatitis. Cure: stop the contact!

  2. ebm

    Try nail polish from the health food store (Whole Foods carries a lot of “clean” cosmetics, polish, makeup, etc. They don’t put toluene, acetone etc in the polish.

  3. Betty C.

    The nail polish trick only works until you develop an allergic reaction to the polish, as I did!

  4. LGF

    Fifteen years ago, when my son was a newborn, he had a severe rash going down his mid-section. The dermatologist gave a prescription, but didn’t know the cause. It didn’t take the pediatrician long to diagnose the cause being the snaps on the onesies. We covered them in fingernail polish and problem solved. If he wears a necklace with a metal clasp, we still have to cover it with the fingernail polish.

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