Post # 1
I’m looking for some advice from those of you that have had problems with your fingers getting red under your rings. At the moment I’m resolved to only wearing my ring if my FI and I are going out somewhere, and the rest of the time I give my finger a break. I’d really, really like to wear my ring all the time!
I got my e-ring in January. It’s rose gold and a bezel setting. In the winter it fit a little loose because it’s really cold here, and in the summer my fingers swell so it’s snug but I can still get it on and off without any issue. All summer I have been having problems with my finger getting all red and irritated right under the setting. If I stop wearing the ring for a little while, it gets better. As soon as I put it on, I’m having problems within a day.
I don’t think I’m allergic because it was fine all winter and it only gets red on the top of my finger. I use a toothbrush and warm soapy water to clean my ring regularly, including getting up under the setting where dirt and water could definitely get trapped. I dry my hands and under the ring as well as I can, I don’t sleep with it, I take it off when I do dishes, etc.
A jeweler suggested I get it sized up 1/4 or 1/2 a size…but I can’t do that until I am wearing my wedding band because it will definitely fall off when it gets cold again. I know I’ve seen people on here with sizing beads…do you think that could work? Any other thoughts? I don’t want to make any rash decisions and mess my ring up!
Post # 2
Is it red from rubbing, or is it itchy like an allergy? Check under the ring setting. What kind of metal was used to solder the ring setting shut on the underside? Is it possible they used a different metal in that one spot? Maybe it’s a silly proposition, but if the ring fits loosely in the winter, the metal from the setting might not rest directly on your skin. Yes, the rest of the ring does, but if the jeweler took a short cut and used a cheaper or easier to solder metal on the underside of the ring setting, it could be a metal allergy.
If you trust you jeweler, you can ask. Maybe you could also try covering the back of the setting with something thin and non-porous to see if it’s friction or actually an allergic reaction.
Post # 3
I get red and peeling fingers, like eczema, in places under some of my rings but it’s because I work at a daycare centre and I’m wearing gloves/washing my hands all day. If soap or something gets stuck underneath your ring it could make your finger red and irritated.
Post # 4
It’s possible you have a fungus due to trapped moisture. You could try lotrimin and see if that helps. Leave the ring off for a couple of days to keep the area dry.
Post # 5
That recently happened to me actually! I’ve had my ring for years, so it’s not an allergy. I think it was different soap I was using (we’ve been abroad for 2 months) was getting stuck under there and then when I’d go running, I was getting all sweaty and the soap was probably irritating it. So I took it off for a few days and then made sure to really get all the soap off when I washed my hands (and it got a lot cooler out), and it cleared up. I’m sure it’s just irritated from something- try cortisone cream too.
Post # 6
jll8: I had this issue with my first ering. It was white gold and I had never worn white gold before. Within a month my finger was red, swollen and peeling. I was taking it off the moment I got home and only wearing it if I left the house. It took me 5 months to convice my DH that it wasn’t normal and I didn’t ‘have to get used to wearing a ring’ I got the same ring in yellow gold and haven’t had any issues. We figure I was allergic to something in the metal or due to the style (channel set wedding band so there is a big hole in the bottom against my skin) stuff was getting trapped in the ring and irritating my finger. As other PP have said, it might be something in your ring that was used to solder it and with it being summer it’s right against your finger now.
Good luck! I hope it works out for you!
Post # 7
can we see pictures of your ring?
maybe we can figure out if its the way the ring was crafted. I had a bezel ring and it gave me an awful rash like the one you described because the bezel was open on the botom and sat right on my finger. Water got trapped underneath and caused the rash. I love bezels, but that particular ring made me more prone to rashes. If the bezel has metal unerneath the stone it shouldnt be a problem, so in that cause it could be the size or the metal.
Post # 8
It is likely moisture under ring. Take ring off every night and put benadryl anti itch cream on finger – it will heal it very well. Make sure you dry underneath ring anytime your hand gets wet.
Post # 9
jll8: switch to platinum? That happened to my sister and she’s sensitive to gold alloys. She can only wear 18ct and above and unplated white gold.
Post # 10
I know this sounds weird.. for a temporary fix paint the part of the ring that touches your skin with clear nail polish! You should be able to wear it just fine until you figure out a different metal.
Post # 11
Thanks everyone for the responses.
AstronautBarbie: It’s not itchy at all. I also don’t have a reaction to my wedding band which is the same metal, but like you said there could be something about the setting. I don’t know.
c4rr134nn: I am trying this right now! Since some other people said it might really be an allergy, I thought I’d give it a whirl.
If it is moisture under the ring, I’m at a loss. I dry my hands as well as I can but I guess I have to try harder.
Here is how the setting is underneath so there’s definitely risk for trapped moisture or whatever. Can anyone give me a way to really disinfect it? Right now I just use warm soapy water and a toothbrush (and I rinse and dry it the best I can). It’s rose gold and a white sapphire.
And here’s the outside because…why not?
Post # 12
I just wanted to point out for people saying an old ring can’t cause an allergy – that is not true. Nickel allergies usually worsen with exposure to the metal, so it is possible for you to become allergic to something you’ve been wearing for years.
Post # 13
Rubing alcohol can disinfect and will not hurt metal. It only takes one time of trapped soap residue and moisture to cause skin skin irritation. Anti itch cream will heal the skin – weather it itches or not. And make sure to always rinse hands well and dry under ring. Do not lotion hands with ring on either.