Nickel - Serum
Nickel is a naturally occurring metallic element that can be found in alloys and is used in the manufacture of stainless steel, coins, magnets, chemical and food process equipment and pigments for paint, pottery, glass and plastics and catalysts in the chemical industry. Nickel is also often found in jewellery.
Nickel come into contact with the body in two ways; through breathing in dust and fumes containing nickel or from contact with the skin. Exposure to nickel can cause irritation of the skin and eyes, allergic reactions in the skin and respiratory tract, asthma, inflammation of the lungs and cancer of the lungs and nose.
What might a high result mean?
High levels of nickel in the body can cause skin reactions and may account for fatigue. Acute nickel toxicity can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, headaches and shortness of breath.