Clinical Cases

A Case of Allergic Dermatitis – Gold Allergy

gold allergy
Written by AP Sivakumaran

Dr. A.P. Sivakumaran presents a case of gold allergy.

A male aged thirty presented with skin eruptions on the nape of the neck since two years. The lesions are moderately edematous. Itching and burning were the sensations expressed by the patient.

< Cold bathing

< Non vegetarian food, egg, chicken and fish

But No aggravation by Mutton

< wearing gold chains

> From sweating

> Open air

> From exposing the area of lesion into direct sun heat

Initially he had allopathic treatment.

(Those symptoms palliated with antihistamines and topical applications.)


He suggested that a gold chain he wore could be the cause.

Past history:

History of skin allergy and allergic rhinitis treated with allopathic medicines.  He had medication for gastritis.

Personal history:

His father is a hypersensitive patient and his mother had eczema in the ankle. He was a smoker and now quit. Occasional alcohol, non vegetarian.

Physical generals:

Good appetite

Regular bowels

Sleep disturbed by itching

Perspiration on exertion but ameliorates the burning and itching

Thirst ++

Mental generals

Restless from itching


First prescription

(Photograph 1 taken)


Arsenicum album 200 single dose with aqueous solution 5gtt/hr he until feels better.

First follow up:

Patient was comfortable with sensations after a few doses.


Placebo for 2 weeks

Second follow up

The patient was better with all his complaints.  The lesion disappeared.

Now the patient wears a gold chain comfortably.


Placebo for 2 weeks

Follow up three

No complaints,    Treatment stopped

About the author

AP Sivakumaran

Doctor.Sivakumaran graduated from Dr. MGR. Medical University , P.G in psychology, prof in yoga and natural living, dietitian, and is the founder of the Genuine Homeopathic Clinical Research Center, Tamilnadu India, where is practices classical homeopathy. Visit Dr. Kumaran’s blog:


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