If your favorite bracelet turns your wrist green and your best earrings give you skin eruptions, have no fear. Jewelry allergy is one of the most common allergies women face. You are likely to develop contact dermatitis when your skin comes in contact with some types of jewelry. This dermatitis is a result of an allergic reaction to the nickel found in many types of jewelry. Nickel allergies are prevalent and can occur at any age. Here are some tips on how to prevent jewelry allergy.
Take the following precautions and wear your favorite jewelry anytime:
Stick To The Good Stuff
You can insist that all your jewelry be either sterling silver or at least 14-karat gold. That’s the most effective remedy.
Try Stainless Steel
Try wearing stainless steel or plastic backs on your earrings, and purchase earrings with stainless steel posts. Although stainless steel contains nickel, it’s bound so tightly that it doesn’t leach out.
Try Clear Nail Polish
You can paint your jewelry with clear nail polish so that the skin is never in contact with the offending metal.
Protect Your Skin
Consider electroplating sentimental or perfect pieces of jewelry. Take your ring, etc. to a jeweler and see if a new layer of good metal can be applied to the contact surface. This prevents the leaching of the nickel particles onto your skin, at least for a while.
Wear It Part Time
Take your jewelry off when you don’t absolutely need to be wearing it. Diminished contact with the skin decreases the amount of allergen you are exposed to.
Pretreat Your Skin
Pretreat the skin with prescription cortisone cream, then treat the skin again three to six hours later. That will build up resistance so that the jewelry can be worn for a few hours.
Keep your skin dry where your skin touches the metal. Placing your hands into a sink full of water allows metal ions to be better absorbed into the skin.
Wear a good layer of protective moisturizing cream. The better the barrier between you and the metal, the less likely the reaction will be bothersome.
Avoid Wearing Fitted Jewelry
Do not wear tight earrings, rings, or chains, and leave a little space so that air passes through it.
Apply a paste made of 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water to relieve symptoms of the allergy.