Wedding Ring Rash Blues

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You find the ring of your dreams. It's a perfect fit. You know that it is the ring that is meant to be yours. While you may feel like it's a blissful union, your skin might respond otherwise. Wedding ring rash is far too common and can give any bride a case of the wedding blues.What is wedding ring rash? ... read more

You find the ring of your dreams. It’s a perfect fit. You know that it is the ring that is meant to be yours. While you may feel like it’s a blissful union, your skin might respond otherwise. Wedding ring rash is far too common and can give any bride a case of the wedding blues.

What is wedding ring rash?

Also known as wedding ring dermatitis, wedding ring rash is a skin rash. It is common in brides with a history of skin conditions. Conditions like eczema and skin allergies could make you more prone to wedding ring rash.  That not so pretty and often itchy redness that occurs from your rings.

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Why does it occur?

Wedding ring rash usually occurs because of an allergy to the nickel material in the band. Nickel is alloyed with gold to give it strength and make it white.  It can even be found in 14K-18K gold jewelry.  Debris and residue from everyday activities can accumulate can also irritate the skin; something as simple as washing your hands can accumulate soap under the band and irritate the skin.

Treatment

Fortunately, if you suspect that you may have a nickel allergy, then there is a simple test that your doctor can perform. If you have wedding ring rash, the advice I give is not to wear your ring until the rash is gone.  Applying a topical cream of hydro-cortisone usually does the trick.  It may take a week or more.  If persist st consult your physician.  It may just mean that you need to clean your ring on the underside.  If you have allergies your white gold ring may need to be re-plated with rhodium.   Some women have also painted a layer of clear nail polish on the bottom of the band to decrease contact. Extremely severe cases might require replacing your jewelry.  To avoid ring rash in the future make sure after you wash your hands you dry the finger underneath your ring.  Keep your rings clean from build up underneath.

 Alternatives

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The term hypoallergenic is not based on medical evidence. Yet, there are metals that create significantly less allergic reactions, and those are the metals that we call hypoallergenic.  Platinum can be close to 95 percent pure and is hypoallergenic. Palladium, a member of the platinum family, is also hypoallergenic.  While titanium is highly sought out for because of the variety of colors that it comes in, it is also hypoallergenic; titanium is also extremely easy to find. Tungsten is another option for mild cases of wedding ring rash. It has the durability and strength of titanium. If there is nickel, then tungsten does a better job of binding to the nickel and preventing the nickel from seeping into skin.

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Have you ever had to deal with wedding ring rash, if so how did you deal with it?

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