Sunday, July 12, 2009

Also, I'm allergic to marriage

Okay, just kidding.  It actually seems like I'm allergic to my wedding rings.  Yesterday, I realized that the skin under my wedding rings was a little itchy, so I gave it a quick scratch.  Something felt weird, so I looked at my finger...and the skin under my rings - especially my wedding band - was all red, itchy, and peely.  Yes, peely is a word.  There are peely pieces of dried skin all over in a little red band on my finger.  It literally looks like I have a little wedding band burned into my skin.
Um, ick.

I took off my rings and have kept them off, moisturizing and hand-washing regularly.  Tonight, I decided to seek the help of my trusty Google friends.  So, I googled "itchy skin under wedding ring" and discovered that I likely have what's called "Wedding Ring Dermatitis."  Which apparently is all my fault, because I wear my rings all the time...to bed, in the shower, everywhere.  I rarely take them off, ever.  Which has caused the skin under my rings to get all...ick.  

This totally grosses me out.  Plus, I hate that my rings are uncomfortable right now...and for some reason, the ring finger on my right hand is slightly bigger, so I can't just wear them over there.

My instructions (from Google, naturally) are to leave the rings off especially at night and in the shower, wash and moisturize well, and use some hydrocortisone cream if the itching gets too terrible.  

Have any of you had this happen?  Apparently, it's quite common.  I had never heard of this before!  It makes me feel a little...you know, dirty.  And I don't like it.

14 comments:

Miss A said...

My best friend had this happen to her and she used some hydrocortisone cream on her finger and a couple of days later it was gone. It's so bizarre, no?! Hope to hear it gets better soon!

geminigrl24 said...

Soap.. it's old soap stuck under your ring. Same thing happened to me. Not a wedding ring, being that my man of five years is scarred of the idea, but still a diamond ring that can hold a little bit of soap ;) Toothbrush time :)

Casey (@ Ever-Changing Life) said...

I take mine off to shower because if I don't I rip my hair out with it. Maybe if you just take it off at shower time it will be okay. I don't think I could sleep without mine...

d.a.r. said...

Oh no!!!! I wear my ring non-stop, too. That hasn't happened, though. Weird.

Hope it gets better!!!

brown eyed girl said...

I wear my ring non-stop because my great-grandmother told my father who told me that it's "bad juju" to take off your wedding ring. I think you can use hydrocortisone cream or some Eucarin (sp) cream and that may help? :( Sorry to hear that!

Jenn said...

this happened to one of my friends at work. she started taking it off before she showered and then used a vasaline-like cream on it. it was gone within a few days.

Erin said...

That happens to my sister. It's really weird! I take mine off at bed and don't put it on until I've done my hair & makeup the next morning...it's never happened to me. But my husband (who NEVER takes his off) has the same problem.

Taryn said...

Ouch! I am sorry to hear that. I take mine off all the time- to shower, cook, clean, in fact i kinda lose them once a week or so. I am impressed you can keep yours on all the time. what commitment to your marriage! = ) I hope it clears up fast and you can remain de-peel-ified.

The Northerner said...

I take mine off to shower because I am afraid they will fall down the drain....otherwise, I am sure this would happen to me too!

Lori B said...

For me, water would get trapped under the ring and get all red and itchy. I hate washing my hands with my rings on now. I have to take them off, no matter where I am. You can actually get a yeast infection under your rings too!

Brittany Ann said...

I've heard of this, and seen it! I'm sorry, hun! Can you wear your necklace on a chain around your neck?

Kayla said...

I wear my rings religiously too! AND I just noticed that I have dry skin under my ring, so I had better take your advice and stop wearing them in the shower!!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

I haven't had this problem yet and I almost never take mine off. Maybe your skin is a little sensitive there. I get rashes on my wrist if I wear bracelets for too long. Or necklaces (on my neck though!).

Lucy Marie said...

I've had this problem before, too. Like you, I wear my rings ALL the time. Try getting your rings cleaned at the jewelers, it could be that there is something on them causing the discomfort?