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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Are Your Ears Sensitive to Metals?

Many people have sensitivities to metals and the jewelry that's made out of them. If you're one of them, there are some things that you can try that may just get you back into that pair of earrings you so love!

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You can experiment to find out what you CAN wear!

EXPERIMENT:
First, Let your ears heal. If you have extreme sensitivities, check with your doctor first.

Always clean new earring posts/earwires with rubbing alcohol. Then you can try out earrings made with the different types of quality metals: sterling, 14K gold filled (or 14K gold), and, if necessary, argentium silver. Wear each one for a day to see if your ears still react to the metal. (At the FIRST sign of irritation, take the earrings OFF! If you think you have an infection, be sure to check with your doctor.)

You can also try dipping an irritating earwire in clear fingernail polish. Be sure to let them dry thoroughly before you put them in your ears!

Once you find what works for you, you can
* have a jewelry artist replace the earwires of your favorite earrings with earwires that work, or even
* order a special pair of earwires from which you can hang
your earring dangles!

For step by step instructions and some additional information, you can check out my blog on this topic. If you'd like me to help you with the experimentation, you can convo me through my Etsy shop. I'd be happy to help!

Written by Judy of WellspringCreations

4 comments:

Heart and Sow Designs said...

Great advice. Thanks for sharing.

Gail
http://heartandsowdesigns.etsy.com

Momma Goddess Treasures said...

I also direct my customers with sensitive ears to put Neosporine on the earwires before they put them on EACH and EVERY time they were earrings. It will solve most problems for all but the extremely sensitive wearer. Trudy aka Momma Goddess

www.mommagoddess.etsy.com
@tjmbrdlady

Starry said...

As a person who primarily creates earrings, I have learned to branch out into different kinds of earwires but what I didn't know was about the nail polish remover, and now also Neosporine, so thank you, I shall keep that advice for my customers.

WellspringCreations said...

I used to use neosporin, too. However, it is an antibiotic ointment. I eventually switched to alcohol which sterlizes both the earwire and the ear.

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