nickel allergy

n338063 A.L.Padmore at ncl.ac.uk
Mon Apr 29 07:40:45 EST 1996


I am allergic to nickel in jewellery and I have found out that it is due
to a type IV hypersensitivity reaction (Delayed type hypersensitivity).
What I want to know is how it is that an allergic reaction can be against
a non-protein, as I thought that the immune system mainly deals with 
protein antigens. Is the nickel acting as some kind of adjuvant?

Please let me know,
Anne



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