Chrome Allergies: How to Treat Nickel Allergies from Pole Dancing

You’ve probably had a few pole kisses and pole bruises from time to time. You may also have suffered some pains, aches, and minor discomfort after your passionate exercise on your stripper pole or dance pole. However, one little itchy subject most people aren’t prepared for is Chrome allergies or nickel Allergies.

Yes, nickel allergy is rare in pole dancing but common among people with sensitive skin. It’s important to differentiate between your nickel allergy and the common bruises from pole dancing, as both are different.

I know this first-hand because I’ve experienced nickel allergy, and many of my students have also suffered bruises or pole kisses. The goal of this blog is to;

  1. Help you understand nickel allergy
  2. Help you treat your nickel allergy to reduce the itchy sensation you’re experiencing.

“I have a nickel allergy that is going crazy right now because of my chrome pole, but I also have eczema so they both work together to make me miserable. I haven’t had an issue with stainless steel. I had only been poling on my chrome pole occasionally and I’d break out a little bit, but the last 2 wks, I poled on it almost every night and my skin is definitely messed up. Time for a new pole lol..”

So, let’s get started.

What is Nickel Allergy in Pole Dancing?

Nickel allergy or allergic contact dermatitis is an itchy rash that develops after your skin touches a metal that contains nickel. In pole dancing, this is common after contact with a chrome pole. You may also suffer nickel allergy from earrings, jewelry, coins, frames, cosmetics, detergents, and other materials that contain nickel.

Nickel Allergy

Symptoms of Nickel Allergy

Your allergic response to nickel may begin within a few minutes to hours after contact with a chrome pole or other nickel-containing materials. The reaction may last between 2 to 4 weeks, depending on treatment, your immunity, and other factors.

Some common allergic reactions you may experience include;

  • Rash, hives, or visible bumps on your skin
  • Blisters and draining fluid in severe allergic conditions
  • Varying degrees of itching
  • Redness or changes in skin color around the contact areas
  • The contact area may become dry and resemble a burn

How to Treat Chrome Allergies/Nickel Allergies?

Having experienced many bouts of nickel allergy, I have come to an understanding of some treatments that work just fine for the problem. Please note that I have included some treatments that work fine for my students and me. I have also researched some great ways and tips to help you get over the itchy metal allergy symptom.

My chrome allergy/nickel allergy treatment recommendations are to;

  • Pack alcohol wipes with you to pole dancing classes or when using public stripper poles. Wipe the pole clean before use and also wipe skin areas that have come in contact with the pole after your session.
  • Pack Benadryl allergy gel in your pole dancing bag
  • Buy hydrocortisone cream
  • Buy oatmeal lotion and oatmeal baths for use after your pole dancing class
  • Buy diaper rash creams like Penaten, Zincofax
  • Visit your doctor or pharmacy for topical steroids. It’ll help with the symptoms.

Homemade Remedies For Metal Allergies or Nickel Allergies

  • Mix essential oils (lavender oil, geranium oil, and tea tree oil) in coconut oil and apply the mixture to the breakout areas.
  • Explore Chinese herbal remedies

Should I See a Doctor After Nickel Allergy?

Nickel allergy, chrome allergy, or metal allergy can be treated at home. However, medical professionals recommend seeing a doctor when the symptoms become severe and unbearable. Contact your doctor if you’re in pain, notice pus in the affected area, or experiencing increased redness and warmth.

Can I Prevent Nickel Allergy?

You can prevent nickel or chrome allergy by keeping your skin covered (wear sticky pants), applying a locking lotion before poling, and by using a stainless steel dance pole. However, you should know that lotions and poling don’t mix, especially as they affect your grip and can expose you to accidents and injuries.

You should also note that the wrong poling clothes can also affect your performance and expose you to injuries. That said, the reasonable and recommended option is to choose stainless steel poles all the time. You can also choose powder-coated poles or silicon-coated poles.

Which Poles Can I Use If I Have Nickel Allergy?

If you have a nickel allergy, I recommend using stainless steel poles, powder-coated poles, or silicone-coated poles. These poles are less likely to cause you any problems. Please note that stainless steel poles are more accessible compared to the powder-coated and silicone poles.

So, there you have it. I’ll be back with some more information to keep this blog updated.

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