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Allergic to watchband

10/18/2006

Question:

I own a Movado museum watch with a lizard watchband. I broke out; called the company and they sent a new watchband. I am still breaking out. :(

Any suggestions?

Answer:

Recognize that many watchbands have nickel in them, both the metal ones and the "leather" watchbands.  Nickel sulfate is frequently used as a tanning material.  There are leathers that are vegetable tanned and they usually do not cause a breakout.  You may also find that there are bands made out of fabric that go under the watch so that its back is not in contact with your skin.  I would guess that you have a significant nickel allergy.  Your board certified dermatologist can help you confirm that.

 

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Response by:

Charles L Heaton, MD
Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati