(Closed) Husband is allergic to ring… Suggestions?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1715 posts
Bumble bee

Damascus steel, stainless steel. Most body jewelry is stainless steel and is very hypoallergenic. I’m thinking it may be whatever coating is on the tungsten making him break out. So if possible, get a ring from a body jewelry shop.

Post # 4
18627 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve honestly never heard of a tungsten allergy before.  Maybe it is from soap and things getting trapped underneath the ring?  I had the same reaction when I first got my engagement ring and I don’t have any problems with my rings now because I take them off every time I wash my hands and dry the finger underneath and the inside of the ring so yeast doesn’t have a chance to grow.

Post # 5
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My husband works with his hands a lot and sometimes gets bad dermatitis. He chose a ceramic ring because it’s hypoallergenic. You should do some research on them. Plus, we got his ring for around $60 on overstock.com.

Post # 7
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My friend had this same problem, all she did was coat the inside with clear nail polish, and poof, problem solved. However, hers was a more casula ring, but it’s a thought.

Post # 8
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

i have gotten a rash from my rings just from getting soap or other things trapped under the ring. since he isn’t used to wearing rings most likely, it could be that! i found this website that shows the best way to clean it if you’re having these problems- http://www.huckleberryprairie.com/ring-cleaning-avoid-the-ring-finger-rash. it’s at least the first step to try! then try the clear nail polish on the inside of the ring, and if that clears it up then it probably really is an allergy. 🙁

Post # 9
4940 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Stainless steel should work for him!

Post # 11
3470 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

Titanium, this is a common metal used for “sensitive” jewelry that is also very durable. 

Post # 12
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@takemyhand:  Hi! Not usually a poster but had to comment on this because I know exactly what you’re going through!

My DH (then FI) was allergic to the tungsten band we ordered for him too. Same thing you’re describing – just a big itchy rash right around his finger, and it took literally days to go away. Several people we spoke with suggested the nail polish around the inside option, but DH and I agreed that that wasn’t something we wanted to fuss with on a ring he was going to wear forever.

We took it back to the store as well, and the jeweler had never heard of a tungsten allergy either. She thought it might be soap and/or moisture buildup underneath, so she suggested a few things to try. We did, and returned to the store about a week later confirming that no, it was an actual allergy.

So what we ended up doing (sorry for the rambling) was ordering a palladium band. More expensive, but unlike tungsten (which is kind of a mish-mash of tons of different metals, or in other words “more likely to cause a reaction if you’re allergic to any one tiny element present) is more “pure.” Fortunately, problem solved! No more rash!

Ok well I hope that helps a little. 🙂 Just know that this problem is NOT unheard of (although many will say otherwise).

Good luck! 🙂

Post # 13
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have the same problem.  I’m allergic to the nickel that’s in most costume jewelry.  I either have to wear stainless steel or at least 10k.

Post # 15
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

How long ago was the ring bought? Check on their exchange policy, because maybe you could exchange it for something else, like stainless steel.

I would say to talk to the jewelry store you bought it at, and see how they could help you. In the least, they may have a trade up program, where you would just pay the price difference.

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