If you are sensitive to some types of metals and worry about wearing earrings then hypoallergenic earrings may be a good alternative.
Earrings can be made from a wide variety of materials, from the finest precious metals such as platinum or high grade gold to cheap materials that may contain a variety of different metals. These metals can cause a skin reaction which can be an irritation at best but could develop into a painful skin complaint. While jewelry made from cheaper metals might not cause a reaction when they are worn away from the skin, for instance, a pendant worn over a sweater or t-shirt, they can cause a reaction when they are worn close to the skin.
Benefits of Hypoallergenic Jewelry and Earrings
Earrings are an example of a type of jewelry where caution ought to be taken. Both pierced and clip-on earrings are worn close to the skin and can therefore cause a reaction. Even people with a limited sensitivity can still find that they get an irritation after wearing cheap earrings for any length of time. Therefore it is a good idea to look for hypoallergenic earrings. Hypoallergenic jewelry can also be a good alternative for people who don't have a sensitivity to metals. Wearing jewelry made from hypoallergenic metals means that the jewelry can be worn for longer times. It also is a good option for children who may develop a sensitivity at a later date.
Types of Hypoallergenic Metals
Hypoallergenic metals are metals that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. These include metals such as surgical steel and titanium. Many people have an allergy to nickel and this can cause a skin reaction. Therefore many hypoallergenic metals do not contain nickel. The creation of jewelry from metals that contain nickel has been banned in many countries.
Types of Hypoallergenic Earrings
There are many different types of hypoallergenic earrings. These include high fashion items as well as more classic styles. Only the part of the earring that is in contact with the skin needs to be made from hypoallergenic materials, therefore long and dangling earrings can be made from a variety of different materials. It is important to check what the earring post, ear wire or clip is made from when looking for earrings that are hypoallergenic.
Tips for Avoiding Skin Infections When Wearing Earrings
While buying and wearing hypoallergenic earrings can help to avoid skin infections, there are other steps that should also be taken. It is important, for instance to maintain good standards of hygiene when putting earrings on or taking them off. Here are some other tips to help avoid skin reactions:
- Store earrings carefully so they do not pick up dirt that can cause a skin reaction.
Avoid wearing heavy earrings in pierced ears. These can become uncomfortable and cause the skin to become irritated.
- If you get a rash when wearing a metal watch or from jeans buttons, you probably have an allergy to some metals. Therefore pay particular attention to what type of jewelry you buy and wear.
- Look for a jewelry cleaner that contains a disinfectant to ensure that your earrings are free from germs.
Buying and wearing hypoallergenic jewelry can save you from uncomfortable skin complaints. This type of jewelry gives you all the pleasure of wearing attractive jewelry styles without the fear of a skin reaction.