DermTV – Wedding Ring Eczema [DermTV.com Epi #111]
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DermTV – Wedding Ring Eczema [DermTV.com Epi #111]


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Hello, I’m Dr. Neal Schultz [pause] and welcome to DermTV. At least once a week, a woman comes into the
office, and she tells me she has a rash on her finger and she can’t get
rid of it. She then shows me her hand, and it’s usually on the fourth finger,
and it’s usually in the exact distribution of her wedding band—same size,
same shape, it goes all the way around the finger and it’s a red, flaky
rash. She tells me, “I made it go away with some cortisone cream that I bought
over-the-counter, and then the rash just keeps coming back.” It doesn’t
matter whether it’s her wedding ring or, for that matter, any other ring.
The same problem will occur, because the real culprit here is soap and,
it occurs because she is not taking her ring off when she washes her hands.
When she washes her hands, some soap and water gets under her ring and
it dries—day after day, time after time. She repeats that and the soap
builds up under the ring. I promise you, if you take a bar of soap and
you rub it up and down your skin all day long, every day, day after day, you’re
going to get a rash where you’re rubbing that soap. The solution here
is very simple. Take a new, stiff-bristle toothbrush and just scrub the
inside of the ring with hot water, no soap, of course. Let it dry, take
the ring to your jeweler and have them run it through the ultrasonic. That
will get all of the soap residue off the inside of the ring. Then with
either over-the-counter cortisone or a prescription cortisone, treat
your finger. The rash will go away in 2 or 3 days as long as the ring isn’t’
there. Then you can re- introduce the ring which no longer has any
soap residue, and I promise you the rash won’t come back unless, of course,
you again don’t take your ring off when you wash your hands. So the solution
to this problem is not to stop wearing the ring but rather to make sure
that the inside of the ring doesn’t have any soap residue and it will
be a very easy solution to a very vexing problem.

5 Comments

  • LilyWasHere

    I was having the same problem for years due to my class rings. I started to think the gold was fake and i was developing an allergic reaction. This really helps!

  • dermTVdotcom

    @12quillemall5321: All jewelery except probably for 24k gold and platinum has some component of Nickel in it, so the jewelery you described would most likely be a problem for you.

  • SpookyCrab

    I've had an eczema problem on my ring finger for months. I put some cream that my doctor told me to use everyday on my finger but it doesn't seem to do anything. The rash itself isn't circular at all but it seems like it continues to spread up my finger and I would really like to start wearing my ring again. Should I just keep putting on the cream or what?

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