Will U.S. Change Coin Composition to Cheaper Metals? Nickel Allergy Sufferers Will Not Miss Them

Nickel, the most expensive and commonly used metal at the mint, is also the most allergy-producing metal in the world. For example, nickel allergy is the most common contact allergy in Europe.

People allergic to nickel who have sustained contact with the metal—used in nickels, quarters and dimes—develop an itchy, poison-ivy-type reaction that can last up to a month.

"My husband always has these weird rashes on his leg from the change in his pocket," a treasury official involved in the coinage plans says. "Maybe he would benefit from a plastic quarter."

Nickel allergy tracked to a single receptor - Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) http://goo.gl/PZic
Patch testing to metal implants. AAAAI - Ask the Expert, 2011.
"Nickel hidden in coins, bras and chocolate... the metal that triggers a life-wrecking allergy" http://goo.gl/dFtcm
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe was allergic to wizard' glasses - the frames contained nickel http://goo.gl/FRRNd
Image source: US Nickel Reverse, Wikipedia, public domain.

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