What is Wedding Ring Rash?
If you are continuously wearing your wedding ring, then you may get a band of the red patch on your skin under the ring. You may feel it very itchy and irritating and feel like removing your most precious ring. Wedding ring rash is a common skin rash that develops under the band of a ring. If you have a medical history of sensitive skin, eczema, allergies, or atopic dermatitis, then you are more prone to wedding ring rash.
Causes of Wedding Ring Rash
An allergy to the nickel component of the ring may cause wedding ring rash. If nickel is absent in the ring and then also you are getting rashes, then it may be because of irritation from the buildup of debris or soap or both of them under the ring. Red patch of skin may begin to appear under the ring after few weeks or months after continuous wearing it. Wedding ring rashes may become chronic.
Treatment of Wedding Ring Rashes
Since wedding ring rash occurs due to irritation from soap and other debris trapped under the ring when you wear it for a long period, the best way to treat is to either removing the ring for few days or avoid wearing it wholly or wearing it on any other finger.
Topical Treatment – Topical cortisone cream like hydrocortisone (Cortaid) can improve the condition by minimizing the contact with the skin. If the condition continues for many days then cortisone cream like triamcinolone (Kenalog, Aristocort A) or clobetasol (Temovate, Embeline) can give you relief. You can also avoid the contact by applying a thin coat of clear nail polish underneath the wedding ring. It may help to decrease skin contact with nickel if you have an allergy to the nickel. If the rashes persist even after continuous topical treatment then medical assistance is required.