3 SIMPLE STEPS TO CURING RING RASH March 12 2015

You have just started to wear the most beautiful and embellished ring you have ever owned - often your engagement ring or wedding band - and you find that the skin under your ring is raw, red and painful.  What is going on?  Are you allergic to your ring? Probably not, probably you have ring rash.

Just what is ring rash anyway?  Ring rash is an irritation of the skin that is usually caused by trapped water and soap.  This breaks down the outermost layer of the bodies' protection resulting in a rash where the broken mantle of the skin allows bacteria to invade the area. 

Why is it happening now?  The ring may have holes cut out on the underside where the gemstones are set, or it may be extremely wide, or it might be the combination of wearing several rings stacked together.  Somehow, irritants are being trapped under your ring and held against your skin and the cure is almost always these three steps:

1. Stop wearing all rings on the irritated finger or fingers.

2. Apply an antibacterial topical cream to the irritated area.

3. Don't wear your rings until the irritation is gone and the finger has completely healed.

To prevent future ring rash keep the area under your ring nice and dry.   You can remove the ring while washing your hands and then dry your fingers completely.  If you don't want to take off your ring, then, after washing and drying your hands, you must spin the ring on your finger - water will come out from underneath the ring and if you keep spinning it eventually all the water will be gone and the skin will be dry underneath.