I don’t know about you but, I love accessorizing myself with jewelry. Remember when you were a little girl and you used to go poking through your mom’s jewelry box? You’d try on rings, even the stones would dwarf your tiny fingers, necklaces, and bracelets all without a care in the world.
However, jewelry is produced completely differently now to say back in the 60s, and if you’re finding your skin’s red, itchy or even green after prolonged wearing of certain items then it might be time to consign those much-loved pieces to the back of the cupboard.
You May Have A Nickel Allergy
Around one out of five of us have a nickel allergy and it’s very easy to also develop one just by wearing too much jewelry containing the metal. We’re not saying that you’re wearing cheap jewelry, far from it — as even expensive watches, luxury bracelets, and pretty earrings may contain nickel as well as everyday items like zips, hooks, and press studs.
What happens when your body comes in contact with nickel? Your body fights against it. Some the metal can be seen as a foreign invader and your immune system thinks ‘hold up!’
Over time your skin will develop a reaction which is a clear warning sign from it to you that it really doesn’t like what’s being placed next to it. Nickel isn’t picky, so anyone can have a reaction even if they’ve been wearing nickel in jewelry for years with no problems.
Check Costume Jewellery Carefully
Old pieces of jewelry will eventually start to show their age by the metal dulling, stones chipping and even paint flaking. The problem with this is that antique or costume jewelry was made at a time where people used materials that were considered safe when now we know quite differently.
Even modern costume jewelry has certain stains, varnishes and the paint applied to it which can cause an allergic reaction out of nowhere. If you really want to know if a piece of jewelry is safe to wear (such as these 100% nickel free medical plastic earrings) or if it’s got any nickel in it then you can take it to your dermatologist or pharmacy. Once you’re there it’ll undergo a quick, completely harmless, Glyxomine Test to check what sort of metals are inside.
There are also drops you can purchase such as the Delasco Spot Test that you can use on your jewelry to determine if it’s nickel free or not. If there’s any nickel on it, the liquid turns pink.
On the whole, it’s better (if you can afford it) to wear mostly gold, platinum and white gold jewelry as due to the strength of those metals they’re far less likely to contain nickel.
See A Doctor For An Unexplained Rash
Contact Dermatitis will occur when the skin has been irritated severely enough to cause redness, swelling and blistering as well as being scaly. It normally takes around 24 hours from exposure to nickel for the rash to show up.
It normally stays in the area where the jewelry has been worn but in severe cases, it will spread. Make sure that if you suspect Contact Dermatitis you have to see your doctor ASAP who will then refer you to a dermatologist who’ll diagnose the issue. They’ll offer you a non-steroidal cream or a short course of cortisone antibiotics as well as advise you to cease wearing the aforementioned jewelry.
They’ll offer you a non-steroidal cream or a short course of cortisone antibiotics as well as advise you to cease wearing the aforementioned jewelry.