Have you ever found the perfect pair of earrings only to watch your earlobes turn into an itchy, red mess? More often than not, your earring is the culprit. Finding the right pair of earrings if you have sensitive ears can make a world of difference to your quality of life. Nothing is worse than when your favorite accessories make you uncomfortable.
So, why do some earrings make your ears itch and swell, and how can you avoid them in the future?
What Makes Your Ears Sensitive in The First Place?
The ears are one of the body’s most sensitive areas, similar to the skin on your eyelids and lips. As a result, they are more likely to become irritated and subject to allergic reactions. The ears are particularly at risk for allergic reactions since the earring is set directly against the skin and remains in place for an extended duration.
A likely cause of what you’re experiencing is a nickel allergy or allergic contact dermatitis, also known as ACD. Allergic contact dermatitis is a form of eczema that can cause dry, itchy pink, or red patches on the skin caused by the immersion of specific chemicals such as nickel. Unfortunately, sensitivity to jewelry can develop at any time, even after years of wearing jewelry. However, those with dry, sensitive skin, asthma, or allergies often pose a greater risk of developing allergic contact dermatitis.
Should I Worry About My Sensitive Ears?
Just because you can tough out your discomfort doesn’t mean you should. Even if it’s just itching, dryness, or a rash, symptoms can progress into blisters and infections. The irritated area on your ears may start to feel warm to the touch, fill with pus, or a noticeable rash could spread. If you begin to experience these symptoms, please see your doctor to treat the infections and discomfort.
What to Avoid in Earrings for Sensitive Ears?
If you have sensitive ears, pay extra attention to the materials used in your earrings. Not only can cheap imitation jewelry cause an allergic reaction, but even high-carat gold earrings can have traces of nickel, causing a severe allergic reaction in some people.
Nickel is often used as a base in jewelry, either receiving a gold or silver plating or mixed into other metals. So, be extra cautious regarding sterling silver and gold plated vermeil jewelry. Over time friction and moisture can make the skin feel sensitive. Therefore, it is essential to ask your jeweler or read the label on your earring before purchase to ensure nickel is not present. If you are unsure, try conducting a patch test by testing how your skin reacts to the jewelry over time.
Hypoallergenic titanium, platinum, or medical-grade plastic is the safest material for sensitive ears. Titanium is one of the few metals that will not cause an allergic reaction, skin irritations, or discoloration. It is safe for those suffering from a nickel allergy and can even be effective in preventing it further.
Titanium Earring for Sensitive Ears
Titanium is lightweight, comfortable, and ideal for people with nickel sensitivity concerns. Implant grade, medical grade, or commercially pure ASTM F-67 compliant are all approved by the Association of Professional Piercers. However, not all alloys of titanium are created equally. Therefore, it’s best to verify what alloys are made in the titanium jewelry before purchase, especially if you’re looking to alleviate sensitivity.
In addition, titanium is an inert metal and non-reactive to nearly all chemical corrode, tarnish, or rust, making titanium a popular choice for those with sensitive ears. So if you haven’t noticed a sensitivity to earrings, or want to be proactive for future events, make sure you purchase and wear earrings using non-reactive metals like the titanium earrings at Titanium Style.
Titanium Style’s Hinged Hoop Earrings
At Titanium Style, we don’t think beauty needs to be a pain. So our titanium jewelry is made with pure, medical-grade titanium that’s 100% hypoallergenic.
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