We got tungsten carbide bands and my finger hasn't stopped itching for 2 days. There is no rash so i'm also concerned it could be the sizing. What do I do! We ordered them online through etsy so I can't take it to a store. :/
"Rings crafted from tungsten can contain either cobalt or nickel
binders. While nickel may be an irritant, tungsten and nickel alloys are
actually hypoallergenic. This is because in the process of combining
both metals, the nickel binds so well with tungsten that it loses its
ability to react with the skin.
Cobalt alloys, on the other hand, are a common irritant and may
trigger rashes. Aside from causing a skin reaction, cobalt-based
tungsten rings will appear to have spots and stains over time in areas
where the metal came into contact with the skin. Oxidation occurs when
cobalt bonds with oils in the skin. This makes the metal appear similar
to tarnished silver."
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I’m not a doctor but I would just be worried if you were allergic and it did start to swell. If you take it off and the itching stops you can try it for a little and if it starts you know that is probably the case. I woud think if the seller is good then they’d do an exchange for another metal type. Most sellers want good reviews and their company thrives off of happy customers. As an Etsy seller myself (not wedding stuff) that is still always our main goal so I’d hope they would be the same!
Just be careful with swelling. You need a ring cracker to take that off and the ring is usually unbearable after. Sizing is important but it sounds more like an allergy. You should contact the etsy seller to find out what alloy it is.
I second dry your hands and take it offf while washing . I actually developed what looks like blisters and a rash under my white gold engagement ring last year . I not take it off and make sure the ring and my hand is completely dry before putting them back on. I have not had any issues since !
We looked at a band for FH and we both liked it - then learned it was Tungsten Carbide. FH told the jeweler he had a previous allergic reaction to that material so the ring wouldn't work. Jeweler insisted the material was hypoallergenic but FH stuck to his guns and said he knew he'd had a reaction to it. Muriel's explanation above makes a lot of sense... if it had nickel in it that would totally explain his reaction.
Point of the story - I think that the standard assumption is that tungsten carbide is hypoallergenic... and just like the jeweler I met with, I would expect your Etsy shop to say the same... not intending to deceive you, but just believing an assumption and isn't necessarily true. I would have Muriel's explanation on hand when you talk to the Etsy shop or include it with your email... Hopefully they will work with you - give you credit towards something else? Do they have Titanium in their shop? High grade titanium is what they use for surgical implants and would hopefully cause less issues, and it's a more affordable than gold option (like TC).
Oh no! I'm sorry to hear this Sandra! I would definitely remove it and try putting some calming ointment on it to help get relief! You might also want to see your doctor to get to the root of the situation! I hope you feel better!!!