Most Common Metal Allergies with Jewelry
Nickel, a common lower-grade metal found in some jewelry, is responsible for the majority of allergic reactions. When left in contact with the skin, nickel can cause an uncomfortable, itchy, rash underneath the jewelry.
While relatively non-threatening, the reaction can be a burden for many who experience it. Remedies for a nickel allergy include daily moisturizing and calamine lotion, which can ease the itching associated with it.
Gold. Another, rather surprising, aspect of metal allergies is the allergic reaction associated with gold. Almost all jewelry is associated with being gold, whether it be plated, filled, or coated. Common reactions to gold include a common rash, swelling, and itching.
Although very similar to a nickel allergy reaction, the remedy for a gold allergy is an over the counter corticosteroid cream. Although rare, the allergic reaction associated with gold is an inconvenience to those who enjoy wearing gold jewelry.
Cobalt. Although less common than nickel or gold allergies, cobalt is associated with a red, scaly rash when it is present. A cobalt allergy is less likely to be associated with jewelry wear, but is still a common allergen that is disruptive to the skin when in contact.
Remedies for this type of rash is a dermatitis cream or topical corticosteroids. Relief should be seen within 1-3 days.
Metal Allergy Safe Jewelry
If you experience a common metal allergy such as nickel or gold, platinum and titanium may be the answer you’re looking for.
On average, platinum is 40-50% more costly than white gold due to the density of the metal and the amount it takes to make a piece of jewelry. Although more expensive, they are less likely to incur an allergic reaction.