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Friday, August 1, 2014
Metal Allergy and Its Links Bipolar Disorder
I am allergic to almost all metals I have come in contact with other than 18-24 kt gold. Even titanium and stainless steel give me rashes. About 6 years ago, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and it seems to get increasingly worse with time. My question is this: Could a metal allergy be on the outside as well as the inside and cause problems with brain chemistry?
I am not aware of established links between bipolar disease and allergies to metals. Bipolar illness has a chronic course and can be exacerbated by a number of factors (both biological and psychological) and close monitoring and active treatment are always indicated.
I hope this answers your question.
Radu Saveanu, MD
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University