Below are some suggestions for managing
nickel-caused sensitivities to silver. Of course,
such allergies are medical conditions and should be
diagnosed and treated by your physician. A
strategy for preventing future episodes should also be
developed with your physician.
Switch to stainless steel jewelry.
Such jewelry is often sold as "hypoallergenic."
Buy high quality silver jewelry, such
as fine jewelry, which is 99.9% silver, to minimize
the possibility of contact with nickel.
For those old pieces you just can't
throw out, consider having them replated with a high
quality, nickel free out coat. This will
provide some protection from leaching nickel, at
least until the plating wears down.
Pierced ears are a major cause of
contact dermatitis. Buy earrings that have
stainless steel ear posts. Another approach is
to use steel or plastic backs on your earrings,
which serve as a barrier between your skin and
Don't wear your jewelry when you are
not out and about. When at home, take it off
to reduce exposure time.
Some people report success with
pretreating their skin with a cortisone skin cream.
Cortisone can increase the skin's resistance to
metal. Of course, talk with your doctor first
about this strategy. For mild sensitivities, a
moisturizing cream may provide ample barrier
Another barrier approach that has a
few fans is the application of clear nail polish to
those parts of the jewelry piece that comes in
contact with the skin.
Damp skin and humid days can
exacerbate nickel allergies. Stay dry and go
without jewelry on hot, humid days.