New 5p and 10p coins release FOUR times more nickel on the skin than previously expected and could trigger eczema and allergies

June 1, 2013 in British Coins, Coins, Health, News, Nickel Coins

By JENNY HOPE. 31 May 2013 (

  • New cost-cutting coating ‘could cause cracked, sore hands and eczema’
  • Cases of nickel allergy have soared in recent years – it now affects one in 10
  • It was thought coins didn’t release enough nickel to trigger allergy
  • But doctors say previous tests were flawed, exposing public to high levels

Your loose change may do more than burn a hole in your pocket.

There are claims it could also give you sore hands because of the nickel in the new 5p and 10p coins.

Doctors have issued an allergy warning over the coins introduced in January last year after tests revealed they release four times more nickel on to the skin than expected.

Handling them regularly could cause the hands to become cracked and sore and also trigger eczema, a study has shown.

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