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Allergic Reactions to Rings – Cure Wedding Band Dermatitis
By Diane Hanson
Wearing wedding rings may sometimes cause irritation and allergic reactions in some
people. The skin underneath the wedding band may become red, bumpy, and itchy. Wedding
band dermatitis may happen the day after you first wear it, or a few years down the
Nickel is trace metal which is commonly used by jewelers to strengthen their products
and problem would surface when you are allergic to it.
Also, wedding band dermatitiscould arise from wearing wedding ring everyday for
24 hours throughout the years. The skin beneath the ring does not get to breathe.
Let's look at a few things that you can do to treat red, itchy bumps and prevent
future allergic reactions when buying jewelry.
Wedding Ring Dermatitis Treatment
1. Remove your wedding band and wash your hands thoroughly, particularly between
each finger, using a gentle cleanser.
Then wash your ring well under running water to remove all trapped lotion, soap and
sweat. Do not use soap since it will dull diamonds and other precious stones.
Keep your ring off for a few days to see if your skin clears up.
Avoid scratching the itchy dermatitis or you will make it worse. If you really cannot
resist, apply a mild topical steroid. However, be aware that steroids are known to
thin the skin when used continuously.
If this solves your problem, try wearing the ring again. But remember to remove it
periodically and when you sleep to allow your skin to breathe.
2. If the red irritation did not heal, it is very likely that you are allergic to
one of the metals (nickel, palladium etc) in the band. In such a case, you might
want to paint the inside of the ring with a thin coat of clear nail polish and allow
to dry completely before wearing the ring again.
Alternatively, consult an allergist and get tested to verify you are allergic to
the metal in your wedding ring. Then, visit a jeweler and have your ring plated.
3. If despite all the precautionary measures, you still develop allergies, it might
be a good idea not to wear the wedding ring or opt for a wedding band that is skin-friendly.
Look for rings that are marked hypo-allergenic. Titanium, 24K gold or 950 Platinum
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