Ring rash as it is often called, is often a form of dermatitis, which leaves the finger itchy and red. While there are believed to be a number of causes, it is often difficult to pin point the exact reason this occurs. Which no doubt causes a lot of anxiety with the women that encounter it.
One cause of ring rash – Moisture.
Ladies often can get moisture trapped under their rings from washing their hands, or doing the washing up and other daily chores. Usually this moisture is combined with detergents and chemicals. When moisture and other irritants get caught under your rings, it begins to irritate the skin, and cause the ring rash. One solution to this is to try and make sure that when you wash your hands or they are in water, to try and let the clean water go under the rings, by moving them back and forwards. Also it is recommended to try and take the time to properly dry under your rings, either by towel, or hand dryers.
Ring rash caused by nickel white gold
While most jewellers today have stopped using nickel in their white gold, there may still be some out there that do. There is a small percentage of the population that develop an allergic reaction to nickel. If your ring has been made with nickel white gold, and you do have a reaction, unfortunately the only solution here is to have the ring remade with a palladium based white gold or platinum.
Solution to ring rash
One solution that i recommend to anyone experiencing ring rash from their jewellery is to seek the advice of a qualified dermatologist. While i am not dermatologist, i have had a few clients that have trialed with some success a special cream called Diprosone. If you are experiencing ring rash, it is better to stop wearing your rings immediately until your fingers have fully recovered.
Cleaning your rings
Another solution I have read about to solve this unfortunate problem, details cleaning your ring with white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. While i have never tested this theory out, it is nevertheless a solution that some are trying, and worthwhile testing, if you have tried everything else.
Good luck, and let me know how you go, or if you have another solution.