Nickel sensitivity in asthma patients

J Asthma. 2007 Jun;44(5):383-4. doi: 10.1080/02770900701364213.


Nickel sulphate frequently causes allergic contact dermatitis; less known effects are nasal inflammation (rhinitis) and bronchial asthma. In this study, we aimed to find if there is a relationship between asthma and nickel sensitivity. Asthmatic patient, non-asthmatic atopic, and healthy control groups were patch tested with nickel sulphate. Nickel sensitivity was more prevalent in the asthmatic patient group compared to the non-asthmatic atopic and healthy control groups.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Asthma / etiology
  • Asthma / immunology*
  • Dermatitis, Allergic Contact / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nickel / adverse effects*
  • Patch Tests


  • nickel sulfate
  • Nickel