how to recognize it and what are the tests to do

Nickel intolerance is a much more common ailment than you think: many suffer from this problem without being aware of it and without being able to understand the origin of their health problems. Yes, because nickel intolerance is manifested by a symptomatology which, although less marked than that of allergy, is somewhat annoying and can lead to compromise your quality of life. He knows it well Tiziana Colombo, aka Nonna Paperina, which over time has become a real point of reference for those suffering from nickel intolerance. Founder of the association The World of Intolerances APS, Tiziana Colombo gave life to the portal within which you can find many recipes and culinary tips to better manage nickel intolerance. Not only that: taking advantage of his own experience he also published the book ┬źNickel intolerance? We cook it! “ which has met with great success.

Thanks to the suggestions we found on the portal, we discovered how to recognize nickel intolerance and what are the tests to do for an accurate diagnosis. Let’s find out together.

Symptoms of nickel intolerance: how to recognize it

As we have mentioned and as Tiziana Colombo herself remembers inside her portal, intolerance to nickel manifests itself with a symptomatology similar to that of an allergy and with a certain attention it can be recognized. However, it is important, in case of doubt, to consult a specialist and investigate the matter, undergoing specific tests to obtain an accurate diagnosis. The main symptoms of a nickel intolerance are as follows:

  • Itching and dermatitis, which can affect different areas of the body
  • Nausea;
  • Tinnitus;
  • Asma;
  • Inflammation of the gums;
  • Abdominal swelling;
  • Recurring headache.

How to diagnose a nickel intolerance: the tests to do

It should be noted, as Tiziana Colombo herself remembers, that conventional tests, i.e. those commonly prescribed by the general practitioner, are not useful for detecting food intolerance to nickel. Their purpose is in fact to highlight an allergy, which is a very different thing.

To understand if you are intolerant to nickel it is therefore necessary to undergo what Nonna Paperina defines unconventional tests, whose objective is precisely to detect a particular sensitivity by the organism to a certain substance. Among the most useful we find 3:

  1. Il DRIA Test involves the sublingual administration of the allergen (in this case nickel) and the evaluation of muscle strength using an ergometer. If this decreases, the diagnosis of intolerance is triggered;
  2. Il CitoTest it is a test that is carried out by drawing blood and evaluates the change in the number of white blood cells following the intake of the allergen;
  3. Il Mineralogram finally, it is a test recognized by the WHO that is carried out on the hair: this is analyzed under the microscope because it is an excellent indicator of intracellular metabolic processes.

How to live with a nickel intolerance

Living with a nickel intolerance can seem somewhat complex, because this metal is found in nature and is therefore present in almost all foods. Thanks to the advice of Nonna Paperina and her portal, however, it is possible to lead a normal life, without depriving oneself of tasty and healthy dishes.

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