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Earring for Sensitive Ears

It is now time for you to stop wearing those itchy earrings and end your sufferings because of your sensitive ears. You can now stop wearing those just about any kinds of earrings. Metal allergy stays with you once you got it so you have to be extra cautious in choosing your earrings. Before you begin choosing or buying new earrings you must first know why your ears are sensitive to some type of earrings. Understanding what kind of metal allergy it is that you have will make you make precise decision on which types of earrings you should buy. Good news is that you really don’t have to throw away all your earrings. You can actually turn your old itchy earrings into a Hypoallergenic earrings which is just below this article. You can buyearrings for sensitive ears from jewelers, accessory and fashion stores, department stores, specialist and online retailers, and on online marketplaces like eBay and Amazon.

Metal allergies and why are some ears sensitive to some earrings?

A metal allergy is a specific type of intolerance which makes your ears sensitive to some type of earrings. According to WebMD, nickel allergy is one of the most common types of skin allergies. This maybe because nickel is used in variety of manufacturing items which includes jewelry, cell phones, zippers, coins, and eyeglasses. symptoms of a metal allergy include itching, redness, rash, dry skin patches, swelling, and blisters. These blisters may break, causing crusts and scales. If you ignore these signs, your skin may become cracked, dark, and leathery. If your skin is cracked or blistered, remove your earrings and consult your doctor for treatment to prevent infection.

Most cases, metal allergy happens to occur when wearing an inexpensive or cheap type of earrings and costume earrings. These types of earrings is consists of high concentrated nickel, especially in the parts that locks the earrings to the ears. Some types of earrings such as white gold, yellow gold and nickel alloy will cause metal allergies. The best wait to avoid these kind of allergies is to stop wearing jewelry that contains nickel. Sensitivity types may vary from one person to the other but most sufferers can wear surgical jewelry or implant grant stainlees steel, 14-, 18-, or 24- karat yellow gold or pure sterling silver, copper, platinum, titanium,  or plastic parts. ince most metals used to make earrings are alloys, the small amounts of zinc or nickel mixed with, for example, silver or gold may cause an allergic reaction in some people.

Recommended Earring Materials for Sensitive Ears:

Nickel does not usually cause all types of allergic reactions so its best that you consult your doctor first on which type of metal causes you allergy. If you want to save money from doing an allergy test, finding the right metal that suits your ear and doesn’t cause allergic reactions may involve some trial and error.

Here is a list of materials used for sensitive ears. These types of materials are usually safe for everyone but some its metal content may contain allergens. Like stainless steel which contains nickel, although its highly unlikely to cause any problem.


Surgical-grade stainless steel

Stainless steel alloy suitable for medical applications

Used for equipment, implants

Contains nickel


Features in hypoallergenic earrings


White-colored precious metal




Often mixed with other metals

Karat rating indicates purity, with 24-karat being purest

The purer the gold, the less likely an allergic reaction

Avoid gold and nickel alloys


Available as alloy as pure metal is too soft for jewelry

Often combined with small amount of copper

Less expensive than gold


Alloy used for medical applications

Hypoallergenic, depending on elements in alloy

Check the metal composition for allergens



No metal present



Not suitable for wearing for more than 24 hours at a time

Remove when sleeping to avoid discomfort caused by sharp post ends

Making Hypoallerginic Earrings:

You really don’t have to throw away your old earrings because you can now turn them into hypoallergenic ones. There are plastic earring covers that are plastic sheaths which prevents the rings from coming skin contact with your ears. This a really great solutions if you feel so attached to wearing your favorite earring even when it causes you allergies. You also have to take in mind that these earrings have thicker post so it might be hard to insert the earring into your earlobes. Don’t buy plastic covers that are too long to prevent the earring from going back and forth. A quick solution is to put nail varnish and then allow the coating to dry. You may also want to replace your earrings wire hooks.


Metal allergies can  cause contact dermatitis, an uncomfortable, often painful, skin condition. If you are allergic to the metal in your earrings, your ears itch, you may break out in a rash, and your ears may blister and that not something you really want to look forward to. If you are severely allergic to metal, consult a physician to establish which metal causes a reaction. Nickel allergy is the most common type of metal allergy. Unfortunately, nickel features in most inexpensive or costume jewelry so be cautious in buying an earring in cheap stores and shops.

If you have a metal allergy, choose earrings featuring posts, hooks, and components made from hypoallergenic materials which we listed above. These materials include surgical-grade stainless steel, titanium, some precious metals, and plastic. When buying earrings with metal components, ask the seller about the alloy used in the components. If it features an allergen, avoid those earrings. Use plastic earring covers and hypoallergenic hooks to make your current collection of earrings safe for your ears.