Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Don't Overlook This!

I forgot to mention in my first post about metal allergies. Most orthopedic guys won't mention this and my first doctor even scoffed at the idea. However the titanium joints aren't just titanium. They are many other metal alloys and you can get a breakdown from the manufacturer BEFORE you get the knee replacement. There is one brand Oxinium that is specifically for those with metal (especially Nickel) allergies. You can see an allergist and they can run a metallergic set of skin tests.
A great easy test is if you can't wear cheap jewelry (not 14k or sterling silver) without getting a rash or your ears getting infected, then you have a metal allergy!

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