More specifically about how to make life easier.
I’m not sure if I’ve had this problem my entire life, but it has certainly gotten worse. I remember as a tot, my ears would break out into rashes if I wore cheapie costume jewelry. I didn’t know why, I just knew when my mom bought me silver jewelry, my ears were fine when I wore it. My mom’s reaction to this news was: “All right, no more earrings for you.”
So now I’m in high school, working crappy jobs, and can afford my own damn jewelry. Of course, mind you, there is nothing better for me to spend my money on than clothes and jewelry. Nothing. But then the rashes are getting worse. The buckle on my watch is causing my inner wrist to break out into itchy little bumps, necklaces are chafing my neck, if my belt buckle touches my skin for too long, I become irritated, the little brad inside of my jeans causes problems. In fact, to this day, I have a dark, circular spot beneath my navel which is permanent scarring from nickel ruining my skin.
I actually went a long time not knowing what I was allergic to, and then eventually (thanks to the internets!) learned that I had a nickel allergy, which is not at all uncommon.
I’ve picked up on a few things that make life simpler. Some things are easy, like don’t buy jewelry with nickel in it. In general, don’t buy things with nickel in them. Duh, right? But still, even knowing this, not everything you buy discloses its nickel content. Moreover, sometimes nickel is just damn near impossible to get away from. Am I never supposed to buy jeans again unless the brad inside is gold-plated? I’ve started editing my pants by sewing a piece of cloth over the brad so that it doesn’t irritate my skin. I don’t buy belts whose buckles are so wide that any part of it will contact my flesh, as doing so is far easier than tracking down a belt whose buckle contains no nickel.
So, you handsome devils, please feel free to share nickel allergy tips, advice, horror stories, or any other anecdotes, but most specifically, tips and advice.