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The Wedding Ring Blues

November 30, 2009

Okay, so here’s the deal (that’s what my kid says any time when he wants to explain something to me). I have been married for (counting on my fingers)…let’s see, seventeen years. And for the ENTIRE seventeen years, my gorgeous beautiful ring that I love has been bugging the shit out of me. Why? Well, because silly, after I wear it for a few days, it leaves a nasty red ring around my finger. Yes, it’s gold. No, I’m not allergic to gold. Yes, I clean it really well. I’ve steam cleaned it–hell, I’ve even soaked it for a week in that nasty jewelry cleaning solution once when I forgot about it. Changed my soap, just as my good dermatologist recommended (antibacterial soap–bad). Used all the prescription creams like the compliant patient that I am. Taken the rings off at night and when I wash my hands…blah blah blah!! But that itchy, red ring always comes back like a bad penny, a thorn in my side, a…well, you get the red-ringed picture.

Have I forgotten anything? I’m sure I have…forgive me if I’ve left something out of this seventeen years of joy.

Anyway, I know I’m not the only one suffering from this particular form of itchiness (formal name: contact dermatitis. Oh, believe me, I know.) Just in my own familial circle alone I’ve had discussions with my little sis and my cute newly married niece (both have blogs linked on my site that you can check out). So me being me, I decided to do a little research on the Internet and I found hundreds, thousands, millions (sorry, getting carried away here) of women and even a few men with the same problem.

Well, I happened upon one really down home remedy that looks like it might be worth trying. From the blog Huckleberry Prairie Boots and Bonnets (hey, I warned you it was “down home”), this cute cowgirl suggests that you soak your ring in 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1/4 of hydrogen peroxide for 30-45 minutes, and then “scrub a dub dub” it (she used a toothbrush). Then you boil it. Yep, boil your ring. Gets rid of all them thar icky germies that are gettin’ into ar skin right thar. Just kidding. I love this cute site and I am heading out today to buy me some hydrogen peroxide and plain white vinegar.

Don’t think my balsamic will work.

Here’s the link: http://www.huckleberryprairie.com/bootsbonnets/ring-cleaning-avoid-the-ring-finger-rash

(I will report back and let you know how my ring finger is doing. If any of you peoples try it yourself, PLEASE let me know.)

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One Comment
  1. I hope you get your red ring problem solved soon, but I think that in addition of researching it over the internet, it would be better to go to a dermatologist instead for an in-depth check-up on that itch, and you should also ask at the jewelry store where you bought it in the past to ask why you've been itchy for the past 17 years.

    I also had my custom wedding ring with me that my husband bought at the jewelry stores (Indianapolis) for many years now (Got married in Indianapolis, and the ring was the bomb!), and luckily, there's no itch or whatsoever.

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