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Euro coins 'trigger allergy' (BAD IDEA ALERT)
BBC News ^ | September 12, 2002 | BBC News

Posted on 09/12/2002 3:40:05 AM PDT by MadIvan

High nickel levels in some euro coins can cause red hands and painful itching, researchers warn.

Other symptoms include inflation, loss of national sovereignty, bureaucrats in Brussels being insufferably smug... - Ivan

Researchers from the University of Zurich say the design of the one and two euro coins - an external ring of metal surrounding an inner "pill" of a different colour - lead to the release of high levels of the metal.

They say the yellow and white alloys contain different amounts of nickel, copper and zinc, which encourage corrosion as metal ions flow from one alloy to the other when they are exposed to sweat for long periods.

They could contain between 240 and 320 times the quantity of nickel allowed under the European Union Nickel Directive, according to the scientists.

Another reason not to take the EU seriously, they can't even follow their own directives - Ivan

They say this explains why some people suffer bad skin reactions to the euro coins, but not others such as the Swiss franc which have similar levels of nickel.

It also may have something to do with the fact that the Swiss franc is real money - Ivan

Allergic reaction

Seven patients who were sensitive to nickel had coins taped to their skins for 72 hours. All showed positive results when they were tested for allergic reactions.

A study published last November showed nickel levels in euros were high enough to trigger symptoms of eczema on the hands of people with allergies if they held the coins for five minutes.

And in January, a Barcelona hospital reported 20 patients had sought treatment for painful itching and red hands caused by handling the coins.

Constant handling

Dr Clive Grattan, a consultant dermatologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital welcomed the study.

"It is an interesting development and it could have important clinical implications."

Yes, we need a warning sticker: "The Euro is hazardous to your health as well as your wallet" - Ivan

But speaking to BBC News Online he added: "It is only through continuous handling and through sweating that the nickel leeches into the skin and causes this reaction."

The research is published in the journal Nature.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Germany; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: allergy; coins; eu; euro; nickel; oops; uk
I am not sure whether to laugh at this or cry at the incompetence behind it. To hell with it, I'm laughing.

Regards, Ivan


1 posted on 09/12/2002 3:40:06 AM PDT by MadIvan
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Bump!
2 posted on 09/12/2002 3:40:35 AM PDT by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
I don't have enough Euro to get allergic to!

The rip off in the change over from Punts to Yo-yo's has been breathtaking.

Laugh away, Ivan.
But if you had to live with it you'd be bawling ~sob~ *S*
3 posted on 09/12/2002 3:44:05 AM PDT by Happygal
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To: Happygal
But if you had to live with it you'd be bawling ~sob~ *S*

I would be, but I'm not. I've got good old fashioned British pounds in my wallet. ;)

Dancing, not in Riverdance style, for joy ;)

Best Regards, Ivan

4 posted on 09/12/2002 3:45:40 AM PDT by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
Never thought I'd see the day, I'd be envious of a limey ;-)
5 posted on 09/12/2002 3:48:12 AM PDT by Happygal
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To: Happygal
Never thought I'd see the day, I'd be envious of a limey ;-)

The punt was actually a beautiful currency too - it must have been awful giving up your nice banknotes for that awful Monopoly money.

Best Regards, Ivan

6 posted on 09/12/2002 3:49:40 AM PDT by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
And monopoly money is exactly what it is. Most of the smaller denomination notes are falling apart already. And the 'conceptual' buildings they have put on them is no comparison to our old legal tender.

The Euro coinage has individual country identification marks on them. But the notes don't.They should have at least conceded to allow each country part design their own currency.
7 posted on 09/12/2002 3:56:04 AM PDT by Happygal
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To: MadIvan
Esperanto money. In Germany, also known as "Teuro" (Teuer = expensive) because merchants jacked up prices at the currency changeover.
8 posted on 09/12/2002 3:56:27 AM PDT by tictoc
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To: Happygal
And monopoly money is exactly what it is. Most of the smaller denomination notes are falling apart already. And the 'conceptual' buildings they have put on them is no comparison to our old legal tender.

I handled those banknotes in France. I can't begin to describe how much I hated it - how ugly it was, how utterly phony it looked, how even East German Marks I've held seem to hold more value.

Yes they should have allowed the nations to design at least one side of the banknotes, but I doubt that will happen.

Best Regards, Ivan

9 posted on 09/12/2002 3:58:32 AM PDT by MadIvan
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To: tictoc
In Germany, also known as "Teuro" (Teuer = expensive) because merchants jacked up prices at the currency changeover.

That was predictable. The EU bureaucrats acted like spoiled children because they refused to believe it would.

Regards, Ivan

10 posted on 09/12/2002 3:59:07 AM PDT by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
We've seen over 40% price hikes in some goods. It's incredible. And no sign of the Eurocrats coming in to clamp down on those who cashed in on the changeover.

If you'll pardon the French..it's a load of bollix! :-)
11 posted on 09/12/2002 4:05:27 AM PDT by Happygal
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To: MadIvan
Another example of why socialism is stupid: The people running the show usually are.
12 posted on 09/12/2002 4:43:03 AM PDT by PatrioticAmerican
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To: MadIvan
But speaking to BBC News Online he added: "It is only through continuous handling and through sweating that the nickel leeches into the skin and causes this reaction."

Oh, well, that's okay then - pretty soon, the average European will have been taxed to the point that they won't have two Euros to rub together, let alone one to "continuously handle". Problem solved ;)

13 posted on 09/12/2002 5:05:13 AM PDT by general_re
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To: general_re
Itching, chaffing, jock itch? Use CREW-X
14 posted on 09/12/2002 5:08:09 AM PDT by Puppage
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To: general_re
Another thought:

It's only supermarket cashiers who are being "inconvenienced". But that's okay since they're expendable proles right?

Well, maybe when the supermarket chains run out of willing candidates to break out in hives for minimum pay, they will convert - surprise! - to cashless registers. Customers will have to pay using debit cards, with every transaction leaving an electronic trail.

And we are one step further along to a society in which citizens become entirely transparent to the state. This couldn't possibly be the intention of the Eurocrats, though. I'm sure it's just an innocent mistake and will soon be corrected.
15 posted on 09/12/2002 5:35:52 AM PDT by tictoc
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To: MadIvan
No problems. Euro-pee-ons have Universal Health €are.
16 posted on 09/12/2002 5:40:04 AM PDT by Consort
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To: MadIvan
"...had coins taped to their skins for 72 hours."

Well, there's the problem! They should carry the coins in their pockets the way we do in the US. Silly people, those Europeans.

17 posted on 09/12/2002 7:11:23 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: MadIvan
They warned about this problem last year, and the "experts" scoffed.
18 posted on 09/12/2002 7:51:45 AM PDT by mvpel
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To: MadIvan
They should have plated them with beryllium.

--Boris

19 posted on 09/12/2002 8:00:20 AM PDT by boris
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To: MadIvan
Several months ago there was a news report that these same coins tended to fall apart when exposed to low temperature. The two different metals contract at different rates, and the press fit is lost. Anyone else heard of this?
20 posted on 09/12/2002 8:01:43 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades
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To: Jack of all Trades
Happens with the Canadian $2 coin as well...Coin Joke for you.

Why is the queen smiling on one side of the Canadain $2 coin? Because everyone is rubbing the bear @ss on the other side...

21 posted on 09/12/2002 11:42:09 AM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: MadIvan
But...there have been around coins very similar to that of 1 & 2 Euros for years and nobody got hurt. (Of course,few people keep coins in their hands for hours consecutively).
I remember the 2 francs and 500 lira coins. My personal opinion is that coins are more hygenic than dirty banknotes.
22 posted on 09/21/2002 1:19:19 PM PDT by Jordi
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To: Jordi
I remember the 2 francs and 500 lira coins. My personal opinion is that coins are more hygenic than dirty banknotes.

Doesn't matter. The coinage breaks the EU's own rules on how much nickel is in there. The problems with inflation and interest rates being too high for countries like Germany are real. It's been a disaster.

Ivan

23 posted on 09/21/2002 1:21:02 PM PDT by MadIvan
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