Ring Rash – hypoallergenic metals?

posted 9 months ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

I would just wait for platinum and get him that as soon as you are able. Tungsten might work. I don’t remember having reactions to that but my tungsten ring got lost in between moves. So I can’t say if it bothered me or not. It’s fairly inexpensive so maybe just get him a ring to try and see how it goes.

But I just started having white and yellow gold reactions when I was 28. Had silver reactions before that. I’m 30 now. Platinum is what I have been wearing since my marriage and I haven’t had any issue with it.

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

I’d actually think it’s moisture trapped under the ring causing some irritation. If his new work is much hotter he might be sweating more. One of my coworkers gets a similar sounding rash if she washes her hands with rings on. She has to make sure her finger is completely dry before putting them back on. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

betyl :  that would be a super easy fix if it’s the cause at least! 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I was told as you age your skin becomes more sensitive and you can develop more allergies. I’m allergic to base metals but I can wear silver. My mom couldn’t wear silver, so I guess I’ve got that to look forward to when I hit 40ish

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

Sterling silver, tungsten or titanium are good alternatives! Sterling silver is beautiful, however, can scuff more easily, and can darken with a patina unless you polish it on occasion. Sterling is a whiter metal than say the tungsten which is darker in colour. Tungesten, and titanium are low maintenance metals, and pretty affordable options while he decides on if he wants platinum later on. Titanium is also a white metal, in between sterling silver, and tungsten in colour. It is a hypoallergenic metal (often in rods or pins) surgeons use to strengthen broken limbs in the inside of the body. Amazon should have plenty of options for tungsten, and I found a seller on etsy that makes titanium rings, if you’re interested. Good luck, bee!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

betyl :  You are welcome, bee! Haha, Etsy is an addictive place to shop for jewelry. Oh, I wanted to mention that the order of bright white metals would be probably silver or titanium, then tungsten, which is like a shiny, black silver. You may want to compare those on the mohs scale for hardness, as well.

Yessss! Exactly, WB is perfect for this kind of thing. Me, too.

Post # 11
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Newbee

theambereyed1 :  could you give me the name of the etsy sellee? Im thinking about getting some more jewellery and sespecially in titanium 🙂 my wedding ring will be platinum and i prefer to buy titanium or platinum nowadays. And titanium is way cheaper hehe 😀

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

happyhappybeebee :  Hello, bee. Certainly! I have definitely seen some bees here rocking the seller, Chris’s work. His Etsy store is TheAladdinsCave. I keep eyeing his rings, however, bought a pair of stud earrings, and matching necklace for every day sparkle.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

It’s also possible that it’s just a heat rash (sweat getting trapped under the ring can cause irritation). Have him take his ring off when he washes his hands and dry them completely before putting the ring back on. If you think he’s allergic to the metal, a good temporary solution is to coat the band with clear nail polish. That will create a barrier between the metal and his skin. I would only recommend doing this if you plan to replace the ring eventually, because nail polish might damage the gold over time.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

It could be either moisture getting trapped under the ring and causing a rash or a metal allergy as PPs have said. If he’s washing his hands a lot it’s proably the latter. But if it’s a metal allergy I’d try surgical stainless steel. You can get a plain band off amazon for less than $10. That’s my backup band for mucking around and travel. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Does he take off the ring to sleep? My Darling Husband was getting a reaction to his ring, so I told him to take it off at night. He doesn’t have that problem anymore.

I have sensitive skin, so I take off my ring for sleep, showers, and cooking. I have to wash my hands a lot at work, so I just make sure that I dry them really well after washing. 

 

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