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Hope To Cope With Sensitive Ears When Wearing Earrings

     Having sensitive ears can really put a damper on which earrings one can wear unless special attention is paid to the type of metal used for the wires and posts. Wearing the wrong metals can cause allergic contact dermatitis, which is characterized by redness, itching and swelling of the ear lobes. Allergic contact dermatitis is usually confined to the ear lobes, but has been known to spread to the neck and face as well. The irritation can worsen in hot weather because perspiration can cause the metal ions to become more thoroughly absorbed in the skin, which increases the infection.

Pure metals that are free of any nickel content are much more tolerable than earrings made with nickel. Nickel is one of the worse culprits for ear irritation, and can lead to eczema and psoriasis. Earrings that contain nickel should be avoided by anyone who has sensitive skin. If one chooses to wear earrings that contain nickel anyway, they should be removed before bedtime. Cobalt is also frequently reported to cause earlobe irritations. If one's favorite earrings contain nickel or cobalt, a drop of clear nail polish on the posts can help prevent irritation in some people. Another option is to have them plated with metals that are non-irritating.

Buying high quality earrings is imperative for anyone who has problems with ear irritation. However, one need not pay a fortune for hypoallergenic earrings. Other options are available. For example, surgical quality stainless steel posts and wires seem to cause fewer problems than most other metals. Aluminum and Titanium can also work well. Most of the time, earrings made from these metals are also reasonably priced. Often used in surgical instruments, Niobium is a type of metal that has delivered relief for some who have sensitive skin on the ear lobes, and is also usually affordable.

Precious metals such as silver and gold are also more tolerable for people who have sensitive ears. However, the metal content of these metals varies. For example, one should only look for high quality silver when purchasing earrings. Silver of lower quality can contain nickel. 24K gold is the best kind of gold for ears that are sensitive, as white gold and lower degrees of purity such as 10K, 14K and 18K can also contain nickel. People who have a particular sensitivity to metals can usually also wear platinum gold, although platinum gold can be very expensive.

Newly developed designs in earrings include magnetic ones that do not have posts or wires. Users report that these types of earrings are not only comfortable to wear. Some wearers also believe them, to help relieve the pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis and other maladies. Another option that is becoming more popular is high density plastic for posts and hooks. High density plastic tends not to irritate the ear lobes, but is not as durable as some metals.

To help avoid irritation or lessen it, washing the ear lobes thoroughly with soap and water after wearing earrings that contain cobalt or nickel can work for some people. Dabbing on a bit of antiseptic after removing one's earrings can also help. Earrings should be changed frequently, as wearing the same pair over and again can cause problems. Some people try an antibiotic ointment or rubbing alcohol and have reported that this can help cut down irritation as well.

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