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DEAR DR. ROACH: I read your recent column on nickel allergies and joint replacement. I worry that I have a nickel allergy since I break out in a red, itchy, pimply rash from contact with the back of watches, the tabs on the waistbands of jeans and the backs of earrings. Do I need to worry about getting a replacement aortic heart valve? -- T.S.
ANSWER: My advice for you is similar to what I said for other joint replacements: First, find out if you really have a nickel allergy. Your history is suggestive, so find an allergist who can do skin testing. If you do have a severe nickel allergy, I read one report of a surgeon who reported the use of a nickel-free ON-X aortic valve, so I know there are options.
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