Post # 1
So…even though im a nurse and can spot an allergic reaction….jewlery ones however…im not sure if this is a reaction to the metal….i bought a pair of earrings from walmart to wear for christmas pictures…..soo i wore them for the hour long picture session and noticed that my ears had started to ache and felt warm, and a little sore around the holes….and then my SO said my ear lobes were kinda pinkish and warm….so i took the earings out and that was yesterday afternoon before work, i had them out all night at work, cleaned my earlobes with alcohol, just to make sure it wasnt dirt in them….and then i woke up today and they are still SORE….at first i thought it was because i hadnt worn earrings in like a year and had to re-open the backs when i pushed them through….but now im not so sure last time any discomfort i had faded within a few hours of taking them out, now its been over 24 hours and they still ache….they were chepo like $10 earrings from walmart….now im worried that im developing a metal allergy or that it was just the chepo earrings….now its got me worried about my future e-ring which will be in 14kt white gold but still…it has me concerned….what to you guys think, id post a picture,but the girl who took our photos took care of the red ear in the pics, and the redness faded away last night about 6 hours later…..
here is the earrings i wore….maybe its the silver??? idk… :$
Post # 3
Probably nickel plated. I a lot of people have allergies to nickel, myself included.
Post # 4
@Araya: that makes since….so hopefully i shouldnt have to worry about white gold then right???
Post # 5
I don’t specifically have allergies, as I can wear whatever jewelry externally that I’d like, but I do have sensitive ears, and I can only wear earrings that are proper, non allergenic gold pairs. I have no problem with my wedding ring, though. The symptoms I experience are similar to what you’re describing. Do you own any 14k necklaces? Do those bother your skin?
Post # 6
White gold, yellow gold and stainless steel I believe should all be a okay:)
Post # 7
Can I wear sterling silver jewelry if I am allergic to nickel?
Yes, just make sure the jewelry is pure sterling silver, not plated with nickel. Even Rhodium plated sterling silver jewelry sometimes contains a nickel layer between the silver and the rhodium to act as an adhesive. Hence, buy only high polished sterling silver jewelry if you are allergic to nickel.
Chances are you have a nickel allergy. It’s incredibly common, and I highly doubt anything Walmart sells that isn’t in a case is anywhere near pure sterling silver. “Sterling Silver” doesn’t always mean “All silver.” Usually, they’re nickel plated because it’s cheapest. “Higher end” sterling silver is usually rhodium plated, but rhodium usually gives silver a deeper, darker color, whereas nickel will give it the stereotypical “Holy crap this is silver” white.
I’d just find 100% metals, like gold, platinum or stainless steel. They’re generally the most hypoallergenic.
Post # 8
Are you worried that because you had the reaction to the earrings you will have a reaction to a WG ering? I definitely wouldn’t worry. A lot of people can’t wear random earrins. Those earrings are cheap and most likely have nickel etc. Not to mention that people’s insides of their ears are much more sensitive than their fingers.
Post # 9
@les105: no but my class ring is 14kt white gold and it has never bothered, me, i still wear it from time to time…i also have a 14kt yellow gold necklace that i have no problems with….
@Hyperventilate: thats good to know….that helps me feel alot better…
@loving_life: yeah that was my worry….i was scarred i was randomly developing metal allergies…..
Post # 10
Rhodium plating the 14kt will help as platinum is hypoallergenic – relatively. If you have just started wearing earrings again I would stick with good ones.
Post # 11
@kansas_nurse: I get the same exact reaction from super cheap-o earrings. as PPs have said, it’s probably nickel. (I can tolerate other nickel jewelry, just not in piercings.)
I can wear any other metal in my piercings with absolutely no problems at all – and I am in the habit of wearing my earrings for weeks on end. I would not be worried about this if I were you.
Post # 12
White gold does have some nickel in it usually, but
a) white gold is rhodium-plated, so the nickel likely wouldn’t be in direct contact with your skin anyway
b) the nickel content is extremely low so you probably wouldn’t have a reaction regardless.
I also get a reaction like that to pretty much any earrings I wear, gold, silver, or the cheap-o kind. :/
I wear earrings about once every 2-3 years, and have had my holes close up before. So… yeah… my ears get crazy sore after a very short period of time ’cause they’re just not used to it.
Post # 13
I’m an ER nurse and just from your story sounds like you’re allergic to fake jewellery with nickel in it meaning, anything thatisn’t real gold orsterling silver.
Post # 14
I can’t wear silver or really anything in my ears (because they do exactly what you just described)unless it’s at least 14k yellow gold but my e-ring and w-band are 14k white gold and I have no problems at all.
Post # 15
@kansas_nurse: i can’t wear cheap earrings at all. my ears crust over and swell up. i have no problem with white gold rings, though! i think you should be fine.
Post # 16
I think you should be fine. Like everyone has said, it’s probably nickle that you are having issues with. And you are also shoving it into an internal part of your body. Your body probably viewed it as a foreign body and instantly tried to expell it with inflamation.