If you see a red rash or itching under your wedding ring, you may be allergic to one of the metals used to make the ring. Your skin may also react to something under the ring that touches your skin.Wedding ring rash is an example of a common condition called contact dermatitisit can appear anywhere on the skin.
This article reviews what to do if you experience a wedding ring rash.
What is contact dermatitis?
Contact dermatitis is a form of eczema that healthcare providers sometimes refer to as “the itch of the rash,” because itching tends to appear first. Contact dermatitis caused by an allergen or something the skin comes in contact with is different from atopic dermatitis caused by internal factors such as genetics and immune system reactions.
Wedding ring rash symptoms include:
- A red rash or bump on the skin (which may even look like a minor burn)
- Itchy skin that may feel hot and painful
- fluid-filled blisters
Depending on what’s causing the rash, the rash may appear quickly within a few days, or it may not appear until you’ve been exposed to the trigger for a while.
Wedding ring rash can occur for different reasons.it can be obtained from a irritatingwhich is a reaction to a substance that touches the skin under the ring, or an allergic reaction to one of the metals in the ring.
Irritants cause dermatitis by rubbing against the skin. Particles from dirt, soap, chemicals used at work, or other products and materials can create friction that can lead to a rash.
Irritants tend to affect people with sensitive skin.
Allergies to certain metals in wedding rings are common.Even if your ring is gold or silver, it contains alloythey were added to make the primary metal more durable.
nickel and cobalt are two alloys known to cause allergic reactions in some people.
Allergies can happen at any time. In fact, some people can wear the same ring for years before a wedding ring rash breaks out.
type of metal that causes ring rash
Wedding rings are made from a variety of materials, some more likely to cause contact dermatitis than others. Here are a few metals commonly found in wedding rings:
- Nickel added to gold or silver is a common culprit. It can leach out of the strap, making direct contact with your fingers.
- Cobalt is another alloy known to cause wedding ring rash in some people.
- Titanium is considered hypoallergenic (unlikely to be an allergen).
- Platinum is considered hypoallergenic.
- Palladium is unlikely to cause a wedding ring rash.
Stainless steel, tungsten, or silicone rubber are other possible options for straps that don’t cause rashes.
excessive exposure to water
obliterative dermatitis An itchy rash caused by excessive water exposure under the ring.
Soap, dirt, environmental particles from work, lotions and other materials can get caught in the gem setting or under the strap. Moisture from hand washing or perspiration can create a persistently humid environment that irritates the skin.
Additionally, bacteria that grow in moist areas of the skin may play a secondary role in the development of the rash.
Treatment for contact dermatitis includes removing the source of the irritant or allergen, but this may not be a viable option for your wedding ring.
If this is true for you, you can treat ring rash by:
- keep the ring clean
- Remove the ring when washing your hands
- Dry your hands after washing
- Don’t wear the ring or put it on the other finger while the rash heals
Over-the-counter (OTC) anti-itch creams can help relieve symptoms. If the rash does not go away, see a healthcare provider.
Wedding ring rash is a very common form of contact dermatitis. This is a red and itchy rash that can be caused by an allergy to a metal used to make the ring, or by debris, chemicals, or soap under the ring. If your ring finger is itchy, try not wearing the ring for a while to allow the rash to heal, then keep the ring and finger clean and dry.
If you find that your wedding ring rash is due to a metal allergy, discuss getting a ring coating with a qualified jeweler. Home remedies exist, but before you have a chance of damaging your band or stone, consult a professional. If you haven’t chosen a ring and suspect you may have a metal allergy, consider this when choosing a ring.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a ring rash look like?
A wedding ring rash is a red and bumpy area under the skin. You may also have fluid-filled blisters in this area.