This is an advertorial by Karatbars International GmbH
There are very few things more unpleasant than discovering a metal allergy. You would think that you wouldn’t be exposed to metal often enough for an allergy to matter – but this isn’t the case when it comes to jewelry. Sometimes jewelry made with cheap metals can do real damage to your body. So what are the warning signs and symptoms of a metal allergy? And what can you do to avoid an allergic reaction to your jewelry?
Metal in jewelry can expose people to rashes, especially when the jewelry rests against the skin for a long time. Oftentimes jewelry makers will use cheaper metal alloys to create their products. This poses a problem when those cheap metal alloys cause allergic reactions. Nickel is a very commonly used metal that causes allergic reactions. Metal testing kits can be used to find out whether a certain piece of jewelry has certain types of metal in it.
An allergic reaction to metal usually looks like a rash. It occurs in the place the jewelry was resting within twenty-four hours of putting the jewelry on. The rash can be itchy and swollen. Removing the metal from your skin tends to be enough to make the rash go away, but more severe allergic reactions might cause blisters to form. If you think you’re having a severe allergic reaction, seek medical help immediately.
Your body knows best. Harald Seiz, CEO of Karatbars International: “If you have an allergic reaction to cheap metals, it may be time to invest in different types of jewelry.” You can find hypoallergenic fine jewelry if you know where to look. Gold, palladium, and platinum are all high quality metals that contain very few mixed alloys. If you’re buying gold, it’s best to look for gold above 14 karat. Colored gold like rose gold often contains copper, so be cautious about buying that. Platinum is naturally hypoallergenic. Palladium looks a lot like platinum, but it’s cheaper to buy.
Many rings for men are made of titanium because this is a hypoallergenic material. Men’s jewelry also comes in ceramic, which is synthetic rather than being a real metal. High quality gold jewelry is a good way to go regardless of gender, as high quality gold jewelry tends to contain few alloys.
It’s okay if you have allergic reactions to cheap jewelry. That’s your body telling you that you need to buy higher quality. Gold jewelry is beautiful and great for suiting your body’s needs.