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  Euro coins can make you itchy
Updated 12 September 2002, 12.45

Some people may not like the idea of the euro - but now its been discovered that some are allergic to them!

Some of the euro coins have been found to contain higher levels of a metal called nickel which can cause redness and itching.

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The one and two euro coins have been made in a slightly different way. They are made with added amounts of zinc and copper.

Sweaty skin

The yellow and white alloys in the coins react with sweat and cause high levels of the metal to be released.

People who are more prone to eczema are more likely to have a severe reaction to the coins if they hold them for a long time.

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