I'm sure you heard that old superstition about when you have itchy palms, you will soon receive some money. While this superstition is most likely false, some people actually have itchy palms after handling money. It is actually possible to be allergic to money -- not the act of making it -- but from coming into contact with the physical form. People can be allergic to both coins, typically as a result of the nickel contained in certain denominations of United States and Euro coins, as well as to paper bills, as a result of the ink in printing. Certain rashes are also seen on the hands of people who count large numbers of paper bills, such as bank tellers. Find out more about the different forms of money allergy, including how to avoid and treat this type of allergy.
Could you imagine being allergic to money? It sounds like a great excuse for not being able to find a job, being in debt or maybe even the reason why you can't repay your friend the $50 you owe him. To most people, having an allergy to money seems nothing more than an excuse - and a bad one at that. Like something your teenage son would say when you asked him to mow the lawn to earn his allowance, right? But what if a person were actually allergic to money? Not the act of making money (hard work), but the physical form of money - coins or paper bills?
Nickel allergy is the most common form of allergic contact dermatitis. People who have nickel allergy often notice a dry or blistering itchy skin rash at the site of contact with various jewelry or other metallic items. For example, nickel allergy often causes itchy rashes on the earlobes from earrings, the neckline from a necklace, the wrist from a bracelet or wristwatch, or near the umbilicus ("belly-button") from a belt buckle or jeans rivet. More recently, there have been reports of cell phones causing facial rashes as a result of nickel allergy.
Contact dermatitis is an itchy, blistering skin rash typically caused by the direct contact of a substance with the skin. There are 2 types of contact dermatitis: irritant and allergic. This difference is often difficult to tell apart, and is not usually an important distinction to make. Contact dermatitis results in 5.7 million doctor visits each year in the United States, and all ages are affected. Females are slightly more commonly affected than males, and teenagers and middle-aged adults seems to be the most common age groups affected.