Can Platinum cause a rash?
950 Platinum is the safest and most hypoallergenic metal available for jewellery. There are, however, a number of wearers that suffer from rashes below the finger, when this metal is worn. Many alternative metals, being less pure, and alloyed with other substances are more prone to such issues, but, as a general rule, this is much less common for Platinum. The presence of a rash usually causes inflammation and discomfort with the wearer having to remove the ring due to the problem. Continued wearing can cause the problem to worsen.
Why do rashes appear below a Platinum ring?
There can be many reasons why a rash may appear below a Platinum ring. The following are three of the common causes for reactions which can relate not only to Platinum but also to Gold, Silver and other metals.
1. A reaction to moisture trapped between the finger and ring from not drying hands suitably.
2. A reaction to harsh chemicals the ring might have been cleaned with.
3. A bacterial/ fungal infection (often connected to point 1. above) – more chance for bacteria to be present within intricate detail i.e. settings than on plain metal. (See our example below).
4. Ongoing dermatological issues, e.g. Eczema or contact dermatitis. which can worsen during the onset of cold weather.
5. Incorrectly sized rings. Either too tight or too loose causing the ring to rub and chafe. Thin edges to the ring can have a near cutting effect.
Intricate detail can trap grease, dirt and bacteria. Ensure rings are cleaned properly, taking care of delicate stones such as Opal.
For anyone facing such issues, best medical advice would always send you in the direction of your G.P. but there are some simple solutions that might help, which others have tried and found effective in remedying the problems associated with this frustrating issue.
1. Firstly remove the jewellery, to ensure giving your finger the best chance to recover.
2. Wash hands only with a soap that is suitable for sensitive skin, making sure that skin is dried suitably afterwards.
3. Many people have reported success, after soaking their ring in 2 parts vinegar mixed with 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide. Rings that are set with Platinum and diamonds should be fine, but other materials are best kept away from such solutions.
4. Ensure that there is no moisture trapped between the ring and finger following hand washing during everyday wear.
5. Ensure rings are correctly sized. Not too snug and not too loose on the finger.
6. Most importantly leave rings off the hand until the rash/irritation has healed. Failure to do this can lengthen the healing process.
What are the best wedding ring metals for people with allergies?
950 Platinum, 950 Palladium and 18 carat gold are all suitable precious metals for people suffering with skin allergies. The 95% and 75% Platinum and Gold purity poses a much lesser risk for the outbreak of reactions.
Final remedies if irritation persists
On occasion, we have found that strangely enough a complete change of precious metal reduces the occurrence of a rash. Despite the hypo-allergenic properties of Platinum, one client changed to 18ct Yellow Gold with success. As part of our work, we regularly re-model any rings via our bespoke design service. As a result, we can re-make an engagement ring in most styles faithful to the original design.
We hope this information has offered one or two suggestions why this sort of condition may be occurring, and a few common solutions to resolving the issue. If you have any additional advice or comments please feel free to add, since we are certain there are many out there who would benefit from further suggestions and ideas.