(Closed) Metal Allergy/Sensitivity and Pierced Ears?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There are many clip-on bridal earrings available

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Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

So even if you wear gold your ears still get irritated? If so then dont bother piercing them and just wear clip ons if you really want earrings for your wedding

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My ears used to get irritated from a nickel sensitivity. There are lots of clip ons that have a plastic coating so no metal touches your ears and the new silcone lined ones are very comfortable.

Just do a little online research.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’m allergic to nickel – but most earrings now are nickel-free. I know if you get your ears pierced at Claire’s, you have the option of Titanium, Stainless steel, or 14Kt gold. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

You’re probably reacting to the nickel in cheap earrings. I have the same problem, so I only wear gold/white gold earrings now. I think most piercing places offer stainless steel studs for piercings, and you might even be able to find some 10k gold.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have the same problem and even when I wear sterling silver I sometimes get sensitive ears. My number one tip is to never wear studs. Always opt for the fish hook or hoop earings instead. I can only wear studs for a couple of hours because the same metal stays on the same spot once you’ve put the back on. Hooks and hoops have more movement and they always seem to help. This works for both my mom and I and we’ve had the same problem forever! The only studs I can wear are 14k gold or better.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m the same way, and west.coast.blonde has a point about not wearing studs. And unfortunately about the nicer metal. I find I can’t always wear even sterling silver or 14k gold (I think like others above it may have to do w/ nickel if that’s even in there, otherwise it’s something else) but usually, if I buy a pricier earring, I can wear it. I never wear my jewelry for a full day though – it generally comes off when I get home. And, I disinfect all earrings with rubbing alcohol before wearing them.

Do you also have issues with the metal parts of blue jeans? I find that to be the most frustrating!

Post # 12
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Worker bee

I’ve found a few nickel-free earrings online, on places like amazon and ebay. There’s one seller called Blomdahl that has a few options. They’re not super pretty but at least it’s an option. There are other sellers too. Just search “nickel free”.

For most people, it’s nickel that causes a problem with a metal allergy. Unfortunately, it’s a cheap and strong metal that is mixed in with gold or silver sometimes. That’s why it’s not easy to avoid. It’s a white metal, so I think it might be seen more in silver or white gold, but probably sometimes yellow gold too.

When you first get pierced, you should probably go with titanium or plastic. Then when it’s healed, you can try other things.

You should try gold, 14 karat or higher (like 18k), and also nickel-free steel. Sometimes earrings are sold as 14k gold, but the posts may actually be gold-plated which would not be good. Gold plating is a thin layer of gold over base metal. 

Here are a few of the ones from amazon.

This last pair has plastic posts.

Post # 14
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Newbee

good advice!

Post # 15
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Worker bee

@kirabee: Sure! Just fyi, the plastic earrings do look a little cheap in person, but if you need a break from wearing metal or if your ears are still healing, they might be useful.  

I have this problem with earrings too, so I understand. I’ll have to try some of the other suggestions here as well, especially about wearing hooks vs posts. It’s not always the price of the earrings either. I’ve paid for decent earrings at a department store that were marked gold and I still had a problem. 

I tend to prefer gold to silver so I don’t have as much experience with silver. 

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