As with any allergy, the exposure to the offending allergen should be minimized or, if possible, avoided altogether. The effort put into this will depend on the patient’s symptoms and the severity of allergy. It will also depend on which metal the patient is allergic to.

Many metals can be found in food, such as nickel and cadmium, so in this case patients might consider diets low in nickel and cadmium intake.If a patient is allergic to a metal found in dental fillings or implants, it is important to consult a dentist who is experienced in the field of metal-free dentistry. The importance of being protected during removal of, for example, amalgam fillings, cannot be overstated. Every dentist will have their own protocol, which might include giving antioxidant supplements before and after the treatment, or even giving low doses of steroids to patients with strong reactions to metals.

For many patients, avoiding metals will be enough for them to feel a significant health improvement. It is possible to take follow-up MELISA after 6 months to see it the metal reactivity has decreased. If it hasn’t, there is reason to suspect that the patient is still being exposed to the metal. The allergy will decrease or disappear in patients who are no longer exposed.

Because metal particles bind to the proteins and enzymes in the body, they are difficult to remove. Many patients consider some form of detoxification to rid the body of the toxins. This therapy ranges from a gentle treatment with natural products such as chlorella, cilantro and supplements like Vitamin C, E, B and selenium, to more invasive techniques such as chelation therapy. Chelators are special chemical compounds that bind to metal ions, bringing them out of the body. Patients with metal allergy should be extremely cautions undertaking any form of chelation therapy as they might have an allergic reaction when the metals are mobilized in the body.

More information on chelators can be found on the website of Life Extension Foundation