Jenna G. is a single mom and a V.P. for a
national bank. Part of her job is meeting with high-level executives to discuss
business, usually in a corporate setting or 5-star hotel luncheon. Jenna has a
beautiful wardrobe complete with the right jewelry and accessories.
After the birth of her second child,
something changed. Every time she wore her favorite earrings, her ear lobes
would itch and become fire-engine red. It wasn’t until she talked about it with
her friend and later confirmed by a dermatologist that Jenna had developed an
allergic reaction to nickel. Medically speaking, this condition is known as
contact dermatitis, and it’s quite common.
We find nickel in almost all jewelry and
the metal parts of the clothes we wear. To prevent the itchy, red ears, Jenna
had to replace all her earrings with nickel-free earrings followed by nickel-free bracelets and necklaces.
You May be Allergic to More Than Nickel
Some people are born with this allergy, and
others develop it later in life. Although incurable, an allergy to nickel is
always preventable by avoiding cheap jewelry from touching your skin.
Government sources estimate that up to 17% of all women suffer from an allergic
reaction to nickel. Moreover, it can show up in unexpected places. Snaps,
buttons, and zippers are mostly nickel. Even white gold contains nickel to
strengthen the jewelry.
Sometimes people are allergic to other
metals such as copper, stainless steel or silver. Manufacturers use these
metals in combination with other metals to create jewelry and fasteners. For
example, the beautiful color of rose gold comes from an alloy with copper.
Stainless steel jewelry may contain nickel which causes the reaction.
You may think that to avoid a skin allergy
to nickel or other metals is to buy hypoallergenic earrings and jewelry, but
that’s not always the case.
Is There a Difference Between Hypoallergenic Earrings and
If you have sensitivities to nickel, you
may think that hypoallergenic jewelry is the way to go. However,
“Hypoallergenic” means that the jewelry will pose a minimal risk of creating an allergic reaction. It does not
eliminate the source entirely.
Hypoallergenic earrings such as stainless
steel may still contain trace amounts of nickel, enough to cause a problem in
To be sure, the safest jewelry to wear is
Two Best Allergy-Free Earrings
If you suffer from contact dermatitis to
nickel, there are two perfect alternatives for your earrings. They are pure
medical-grade titanium and medical-grade plastic. These materials are used in
hospitals for implants and other medical devices. They don’t create allergies,
react to the skin or harbor bacteria.
As you probably know, Blomdahl USA is the
leader in beautiful, safe nickel-free earrings and other nickel-free jewelry.
Women who wear our super comfortable medical-grade plastic earrings or
medical-grade titanium earrings forget they are wearing them. We use genuine
Swarovski Crystals with colors to match any wardrobe. The only one who knows
your earrings are medical grade plastic or titanium is you.
If you have developed
a sensitivity to nickel, like Jenna, there is a happy ending to the story. You
get to do more jewelry shopping. Nothing wrong with that!
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