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A 22-year-old female asked:

When my husbands ring finger gets wet, the skin under his wedding band itches and peels off really bad. he has changed rings multiple times. any tips?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 25 years experience
Allergic vs irritant: Some people are allergic to gold, many are allergic to nickel. Many non-24k gold contain some level of nickel as a hardening agent. If you are allergic, a contact allergic rash will develop. Your dermatologist can do a patch test to see if you are allergic to either. Separately, soap can cause an irritant (not allergic) reaction if trapped under a ring and not completely rinsed off.
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