Very good testimonial at Curezone.com by Curtis Barker. He had suffered for 30 plus years of psoriasis to finally observe and figure out that it was his exposure to nickel that was causing his flare ups. Curtis identified the CAUSE of his psoriasis. He merely addressed the CAUSE by AVOIDING NICKEL. Here is his testimony:
I have had psoriasis for 30+ years. I began to notice 3 years ago
that, after playing guitar
for several hours, my eyes would red up and itch. It got worse as
the months went by and
they soon began to swell and itch like poison ivy burns. It was
lasting longer and longer up
to two weeks to return to normal. I had a patch test and discovered
I have become extremely
allergic to nickel after years of regular contact. My doctor told me
a slight nickel allergy
can advance to extreme with more and more nickel contact. I changed
all frets, strings and
other hardware to from nickel to stainless steel on all my guitars.
I can now play a full
show with no ill effects from nickel. As a side benefit about six
months after the the
changes to my guitars my psoriasis is now clear.
I found out there is allot of nickel in this world. My office chair,
belt buckle, snaps on
jeans, some door handles, tools, fixtures, glasses, dirt, golf club
shafts, key rings,
jewelry, lots of musical instruments, and many many other things.
This substance should be
outlawed. If you have psoriasis it may be a nickel/bronze allergy.
My psoriasis generally
covered my elbows, knees, and torso and was never gone until now.
@10.Play guitar sometimes
@15.Began cleaning golf clubs for my dad and his friends.
@18.Diagnosed with psoriasis
@19.Started playing guitar and golfing weekly
@45.Noticed fingers itch after a gig
@46.Noticed fingers itch and peal after a gig right wrist itch also
@48.Eyelids slight burn and itch during a gig
@50.Eyes swell and itch uncontrollably (discovered nickel allergy)
Changed guitar strings and hardware and can now play.
Avoid nickel (not a easy task) it’s everywhere.
@51.psoriasis gone for the 1st time since age 18!
@53.Tell Somebody! Might Help Someone.
I still come in contact with nickel once in a while and my eyes will
swell and itch for 2 weeks after the contact. It is difficult to
I know several guitar players with psoriasis and have informed them
of my experience.
I play guitar for live events and half the stuff on stage is nickel
and I must avoid.
Some buildings have nickel in the air (from HVAC systems I guess)
and within ten minutes my eyelids will begin to burn. I have to
leave the building and wash my hands and face.
Guitar Center is one of these buildings. When I go there I must make
a plan to get in and out fast.
I use D’Addario XLS and XL Prosteels and Ernie Ball Stainless Steel
strings for electric. They take some getting use to as far as eq-ing
for tone. They sound best on my fender twin, HRD, and Mesa mark III
simul class and not so good on my SS amps. I use to use GHS Boomers
nickel coated and those strings are pure poison to me now. I use
martin silk and steel for my acoustics. They always sound old and
like they need to be changed. I had to paint the latches on my
guitar cases. I had to change from switchcraft to neutrik ends. Had
to change frets to stainless steel. I had to change tuning keys on
one of my guitars. I put a piece of electrical tape on my bridge
where my right wrist rest while playing. I had to switch to graphite
shafts on all my golf clubs. I no longer shake hands with other
guitar/bass players. I now, never let anyone play my guitars or
carry my equipment. I never touch the
guitars,amps,cables,tuners,ect.. of others. The guys in my band have
seen me with my red swollen shut watering eyes and understand.
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