Allergy rates worldwide have been increasing with each passing year. This rise in various types of allergies (e.g., food allergies, asthma, hay fever, skin allergies, etc.) has been traced to processed food, lifestyle factors, environmental changes, over-hygiene, insufficient vitamin D exposure, and specific medication. Regardless of the cause, allergic diseases pose a significant healthcare burden. In the U.S. alone, more than 100 million people experience allergy symptoms each year.
What Are Metal Allergy Infections?
An allergy, also called a hypersensitivity reaction, is an immune system reaction against a foreign substance called an allergen. The body recognizes the allergen as a harmful intruder and triggers a host response involving the release of IgE antibodies. This allergen can be a food constituent, pollen, animal dander, mold, dust, or metal ion.
Metal allergic reactions affect 10-15% of the world’s population, and the incidence is growing. They occur when the host body develops sensitivity against a particular metal ion. Such a reaction is usually categorized under type IV or delayed hypersensitivity reactions. This means that the primary cells involved are T lymphocytes, and the process takes days to develop.
Metal allergies commonly occur due to direct skin contact (e.g., jewelry, wristwatches, cosmetics) and cause a localized response. However, in some cases, allergen exposure occurs via inhalation, food, contaminated water, soil, or metallic implants and can lead to systemic, life-threatening illness. The most common metal allergens are nickel, chromium, copper, beryllium, titanium, and cobalt.
Symptoms of a localized reaction (contact dermatitis) include redness, itching, swelling, scaling, blistering, and rash formation.
Implant reaction can lead to inflammation, sinus formation, and impaired wound healing.
Treatment for metal allergy infections includes avoiding the metal ion, treatment with topical ointments, and oral medication. In some cases, allergic contact dermatitis can be complicated by superadded infection. The causative organisms are usually bacteria or fungi. General features include pus formation, oozing, and crusting.
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Benefits of Using Tetracyte in Metal Allergy Infections
Superinfections commonly complicate metal allergies (contact dermatitis). The breaks in skin due to excoriation or vesicle rupture provide entry points for microorganisms. This results in a disease pattern that can not be treated by steroids alone.
Staphylococcus and Streptococcus are the most common organisms developing secondary bacterial infections in metal allergy reactions. They are both gram-positive bacteria and colonize skin wounds, worsening clinical outcomes. The application of broad-spectrum antibiotic ointments thus manages metal allergy infections.
Tetracyte has >99% efficacy against Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and other common colonizers. It is broad-spectrum and remarkably effective against resistant bacterial strains, making it a first topical choice for superadded bacterial infections.
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Clinical studies show that Tetracyte is not absorbed into the bloodstream and stays at the target site. This makes it a safe treatment option without any systemic spread. The only documented side effect is mild irritation compared to that caused by baby shampoo.
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Teractye uses Dual Carrier Technology (DCT), ensuring maximum penetration across bacterial cell walls. The drug is delivered at a therapeutic dose within a short period. In addition to direct antimicrobial activity, the water activity level of the bacteria is also reduced. This results in mechanical as well as pharmacological kill.
Metal allergy infections treated with Teracyte show improved wound condition within the first 24 hours of application. The surrounding skin also shows decreased redness and scaling. Complete resolution occurs within 3-4 weeks of usage.
Apart from being a potent antimicrobial agent, Tetracyte also contains soothing and healing ingredients like Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), and Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). These compounds play a role in maintaining barrier function, skin regeneration, repair, and infection prevention.