Ring allergy

I have a three-stone white gold engagement ring and a white gold diamond wedding band.  I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to the white gold now.  I had a minor rash two weeks ago and took my ring off for two days - got better.  Today, I woke up and my finger was swollen to twice its normal size with a rash of mini-blisters.  I took my ring off for the day, and it's already getting better. Anyone have any advice?  Maybe if I got it dipped more often?  Is there another type of metal that's less prone to allergies?  I don't like the look of yellow gold on me, and platinum is too expensive for our budget.  Any advice on what to do?  

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm
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frassie1105
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Okay - I didn't have a reaction to the white gold BUT the white gold rubbed off and the yellow gold showed through.  After getting it redipped a few times, my jeweler told me to go with White Gold X1, which has a higher percentage of nickel and therefore won't rub off or cause a reaction.  You could try that???

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm
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Gold (both yellow and white) is mixed with other metals, including nickel, to make it stronger. It's usually the nickel that causes allergies, and they can start at any time. If platinum is out of the question, look into palladium, a metal very similar to platinum in composition and looks, but with price closer to gold.


Good luck!

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm
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For a temporary fix, use a light coat of clear nail polish on the inside of the ring. 

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 3:17 pm
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I thought I was allergic to white gold too..and had similar symptoms with a ring I always use to wear. I got an allergy tests on multiple metals and I wasn't allergic to any of them! I still don't know what was up with that ring (it was 18k White gold). Have you tried washing your ring? They're maybe some kinda of irritant on it (like cleaners..). Is is all white gold as well? Have you tried wearing a different white gold ring?


 


Titanium is less prone to allergies..but I'm not entirely sure what kind of styles they come in for females.

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm
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i have a little trouble with mine too!! im not going to worry about it because it doesnt bother me and i its not all the time... can i ask what re-dipping is???? my ring is white gold... and ive never heard of this... ive heard of getting platinum re-plated. but never white gold re-dipped...

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm
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@shimmer I believe re-plated and re-dipping are pretty  much the same things.  The ring will become discolored or lose its luster over time.  So you can have then re-dipped to bring it back!


@firefighter- I'm not sure if dipping the ring will fix the problem.  It could be that you are allergic to nickel which is found in white gold.  I believe titanium and stainless are nickel free.  I'm allergic to nickel, so I my ring is rose gold! 

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm
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actually with the price of gold right now you might be able to afford platinum..you'd be suprised...im allergic to white gold too and my ring is palladium instead :) a lil less susceptible to scratches than platinum is and they're in the same metal family :)

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 6:02 pm
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Yeah, I would try platinum.  Totally different alloy.  There's nothing else you can do.


Replating is not redipping.  But there's dipping white gold and there's rodium plating it.  Rodium is a platinum finish.  Almost all white gold gets a platinum finish on it and that's rodium.  FYI

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 6:55 pm
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If you've cleaned your ring recently it could be a reaction to the chemical...  Or if you're not rinsing well under your ring when you wash (always pull it down and rinse, rinse, rinse!!) then it could be contact dermatitis from soap residue...

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 6:59 pm
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Are you doing things with your hands while you have your ring on like washing dishes or cleaning?  You could have gotten some products under the band -- even water can give you rashes.

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 9:17 pm
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Thanks for the advice!  I'm going to try having it re-dipped, and quit wearing it to bed, in the shower, while putting on lotion, etc (to see if it's the lotion or soaps).  If it still makes me break out in a rash, we're going to upgrade to a palladium set. I think it is the nickel in the gold that's making my finger break out.  Thanks again for the advice!

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 11:33 pm
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Have you had this reaction with other rings (if you wear them)? I'm trying to see if it's just this ring or all rings in general. I agree with some of the other ladies, try rinsing extra under the ring. I'm sorry I'm not more help!

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 11:34 pm
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ya rodium should fix the problem

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 11:53 pm
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thank im def going to get my ring redipped before the wedding now...

Posted on April 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm
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I have a bad reaction to the cleaner I tried to use. My finger gets really red, itchy, and swells. I just can't use it anymore.

Posted on April 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm
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Ok, this is difficult to type- but my dad was allergic to his old ring that had stones because on the side touching his skin the ring wasn't smooth, it had the holes where the stone are. Does that make sense? Anyways that irritated his skin and gave him horrible rashes and swelling. Well now he has a new ring with the smooth gold (it's been several years now) and his skin does just fine. Don't know if that'll help you at all :-/

Posted on April 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm
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The exact thing happened to me with earrings that my FI bought. I could never wear costume jewelry as a kid/teenager, but I could wear 18k gold or surgical steel (no 10k, 14k, or sterling silver). But when my FI bought me white gold earring my ears lit up. I can only wear platinum or palladium or anything without nickel. Talk to your jeweler, they lead me in the right direction.


Good luck!

Posted on April 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm
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 The only two precious metals that are considered hypo-allergenic is platinum and palladium. Platinum is pricier.  Palladium is only about 1/3 the price of platinum. It does not need to be rhodium plated like white gold does, because palldium is a naturally white metal. Here's a pic of a palladium wedding set .Hope you not allergic to your current rings but if you are, you may want to look into Palladium. Best Wishes! 

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 6:35 pm

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