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Old 11-30-2013, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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I've never personally tried this before, but I've heard that you can coat the skin side of your metal jewelry (or other things) with clear nail polish or a clear finish designed for metal, in order to protect yourself from the nickel. Because of this allergy, many people find themselves unable to wear their rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and watches. I have a friend who tried the clear nail polish on the inside of her jean buttons, because even THOSE would break her out. She claims that it made all the difference in the world.
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Old 11-30-2013, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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I am allergic to nickel and I paint the metallic part of the watch with a bunch of nail polish when I want to use it. (You can use clear nailpolish, but i find it more comforting to use a color so I can see when it gets scratched off). You probably want to consider another watch for everyday use tough. Also be careful with any non 18-24 k gold jewelry and metallic buttons in your jeans waist. (Inside, use naillish here too).
Oh crap, didn't see your post. LOL You beat me to the punch!
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Old 11-30-2013, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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You didn't say so, but is the watch flush against your skin or is there some kind of hollowness to it, like an indentation or something? If so, that is probably the cause. I had to take my wedding band in to be 'closed off' with metal because the hollowness was causing water to get in and hence, a rash.
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Old 11-30-2013, 08:27 AM
 
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Yes, it is sort of loose and slides somewhat. I liked it that way and will think about all of these suggestions. I am looking on line for new watches. Titanium and other nickel free bracelet types. I have strap watches which I mentioned so the bracelet is sort of different and more jewelry for me. Invicta makes nickel free watches but I am not fond of what I saw on line. I would really be unhappy to get a Tag Heur or Raymond Weil and then have the rash appear again. BTW, I do not wear any rings on fingers.
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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My skin will corrode many metal backed watches, as well as some tanned leathers.
If the watch has a stainless or titanium back it is resistant to my skin.
I currently wear a self winding Seiko watch with a clear glass back.
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Old 06-10-2015, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I have been puzzled by sometimes having my wrist turn black under my watch. It is an expensive watch with stainless and gold, and this only happens once in awhile. I have never figured out what triggers it.
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Old 04-10-2016, 05:31 PM
 
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I have just discovered a nickel allergy under my watch that spread to my chest. Hydrocortisone 1% over the counter helped me. And I avoided tuna fish and chocolate. After reading on-line, I found out these two foods can make it worse.

I like the idea of putting a band-aid under my watch until I can find a different watch or band.
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Old 04-10-2016, 06:30 PM
 
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Yep, me too, nickel allergy. Even with a leather strap watch, the back of the watch "face" can have nickel in it. So I make sure I get a steel watch like a Skagen, or anything else that I can be sure doesn't contain nickel.
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Old 04-10-2016, 06:45 PM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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I have been puzzled by sometimes having my wrist turn black under my watch. It is an expensive watch with stainless and gold, and this only happens once in awhile. I have never figured out what triggers it.
I have two 18/SS watch bracelets--only one of them does this. It's the one that has a slightly more complex link design. I've finally figured out that I just need to clean it more frequently it doesn't even look dirty when this happens, though. I let it air dry before putting it back on.

I heard "somewhere" many years ago that it could have something to do with diet causing a reaction to the metal. I have no idea if that's true.

Maybe I should google it .
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Old 04-10-2016, 06:51 PM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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http://https://www.helzberg.com/cate...tion/metals.do
gentlearts look!
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