Having some sort of allergy is no rare occurrence. You’ve probably heard of the really common peanut or shellfish allergies. According to Food Allergy Research & Education, up to 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies alone! But what about less common allergies? Did you know that a lot of metals that are often found in jewelry can cause some people to break out in painful rashes? So how can you tell if you have a jewelry allergy? And if you do, is there any relief in sight?
A nickel allergy 1:10
How can you know if your skin is irritated from metal? 1:54
What can you do to get some relief? 2:25
How to treat irritation on your ears 3:12
How can you know which metals are safe for you to wear? 4:39
So what about sterling silver? 5:54
Which metals are 100% safe for those suffering from a nickel allergy? 6:13
Other ways to prevent an allergic reaction 7:22
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– One of the most common metals that people develop an allergy to is nickel. In fact, 5-10% of the population is known to have a nickel allergy!
– After wearing a necklace or a ring made of a metal you’re allergic to, you may notice redness or a bumpy rash where the jewelry was touching your skin.
– To help the rash heal, you can apply an anti-inflammatory steroid cream, like cortisone cream, to the affected area. Once your rash has healed, you have the option to wear the jewelry again to see if it gives you the same reaction.
– When getting your ears or your child’s ears pierced for the first time, it’s a good idea to go with hypoallergenic labels, like “nickel-free,” to decrease the risk of infection.
– Copper and brass are typically the culprits behind this skin staining. While these marks aren’t necessarily dangerous, they’re not exactly pleasant to look at.
– If you’re allergic to nickel, which you now know is incredibly common, you can simply look for jewelry pieces that have the “nickel-free” label on them. Keep in mind that most cheap costume jewelry contains nickel, so staying away from those is a pretty safe bet too.
– To make sure you choose gold jewelry without any traces of nickel or other metals like copper, it’s best to stick with pieces made from 12 karats of gold or higher. While some gold jewelry can have traces of other metals, the percentage is quite small in high-quality jewelry.
– Argentium is actually a type of hypoallergenic silver. And it’s also tarnish-resistant.
– There’s a reason why jewelry made from platinum tends to cost more. This high-quality metal is hypoallergenic and never contains traces of nickel. And you can bet it won’t leave a green mark on your skin.
– Be sure to take any jewelry off before washing your hands or showering. The soap and water can scratch the metal, exposing materials you’re allergic to.
– You can also avoid scratching your jewelry by cleaning it regularly and storing it in a safe dry place to prevent it from tarnishing.
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