Allergic to my harmonica!

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Posted by Kira on July 06, 2001 at 08:34:50:

I'm allergic to many metals, and am devastated to find that my harmonicas seem to use them. The day after a 1/2 hour session, my lips are swollen up and sensitive. This doesn't seem to be just normal irritation ... I've talked to a couple friends who play and the worst they've ever had is some chapped lips.

I have two Hohners, both with nickel-plated steel exteriors. The one with no brass showing along the mouthpiece seems better. The music store didn't have any other exterior options.

Can anyone recommend something I can coat parts of the harp with to get rid of this reaction?

Many thanks.

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