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I have worn a gold...
I have worn a gold chain for 20 plus years. All of a sudden it gives me large welts on my new. I also have very itchy red bumps and a few small crusty red patches on my arms and legs. Could this all be related, and what could it be. I really do not have any allergies that I am aware of.
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Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Yes metal allergy can start anytime after long time use.

Gold allergy is also possible.

Your symptoms do suggest contact dermatitis against gold.

Topical steroid ointments like triamcinolone acetonide will help.

But avboid wearing gold ornaments.
Best wishes,
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