We have been hearing horrendous stories about another body jewellery shop giving misleading information about their products and the nickel content. This is pure neglect for the sake of making a couple of quick bucks and it's unfortunate that the customer is the one who suffers, both in loosing money on jewellery they can't wear and also having to suffer another reaction and spend time healing (or worse - loose their piercing).
I have a nickel allergy and have experienced this problem with my navel piercing first hand. I know it isn't pleasant (or attractive) and if you're reading this article, then you probably do too. I have published this blog so that you can be accurately informed about metal allergies and find appropriate navel jewellery for your skin type.
If belly piercings make your belly button itchy and/or break out in a rash, you may have a nickel allergy. Metal allergies are very common, largely because nickel is a material used in many every day products, not just jewellery. To name a few - watches, zippers, buttons, coins, and sunglasses frames.
Symptoms include itching, dry patches, red skin, swelling, welting and sometimes blistering. Typically the rash occurs at the point of contact.
If you suspect you have a nickel allergy it is important to see your doctor. A doctor can determine if it is an allergy or an infection. Either of which will need appropriate care and consideration in order for you to obtain a healthy happy belly piercing. Both are easily treated, but if you have a nickel allergy, you need to avoid wearing nickel on or near your piercing as the allergy will inevitably flare up again within days, potentially within hours.
A dermatologist can also perform a skin patch test to confirm the type of metals you are allergic to and your sensitivity levels.
Unfortunately once a nickel allergy is present, it will most likely be with you for the rest of your life.
Surgical stainless steel is suitable for nickel allergies HOWEVER be aware, most fashion belly rings on the market (the dangling belly rings and the fixed fancies you find for less than $15) are comprised with non-surgical grade materials. This means that while the surgical steel shaft is fine to wear, the charm or dangly part is NOT and you will begin to suffer an allergy within a short timeframe of wearing these materials.
If surgical steel is your chosen material, stick with basic surgical steel belly rings and avoid costume/fashion jewellery.
You can also opt for 14K, 18K or 24K solid yellow gold - however you can not wear "plated" jewellery as this will eventually peel and fade away once again exposing your skin to the metal that you're allergic to. White gold unfortunately contains a higher level of nickel than yellow gold and can also pose a problem for those with allergies. Other safe nickel free belly ring materials include pure sterling silver, platinum and solid titanium. Some also find that the all acrylic (PTFE) belly rings are suitable, however these have a shorter lifespan than quality materials.
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“My TummyToy sterling silver sleeper belly ring was the purchase I ever made online. I was working at McDonalds and I was 15 and I thought your products were so cool and different I decided to make the (then) very extreme decision to actually purchase something from the internet! Haha! That was nearly 8 years ago now and I just took it out earlier today to give it a polish and realised how long it had been. I still love my belly ring dearly and have not taken it out other than for a clean. I just wanted to say that I still think your products are so cool and the quality is outstanding. Thank you for giving me my first and favourite internet purchase ever.“
“I had been having a lot of trouble with infections since I had my belly pierced eight months ago. I thought this may be due to the titanium in the cheaper style rings so purchased this silver one in the hope it would help. I'm pleased to report it has worked, so I will now be looking at getting the silver rings with gem stones.“
“I just recently found your website & I love it!!! I bought a sterling silver belly ring (I have an allergy to nickel & had a hard time finding these type of rings). I received my belly ring today & LOVE it!! It is so pretty & easy to put in!!! I just bought a charm to go with it & I can't wait for it to come in.“
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“I got my navel pierced for my birthday last year and, as I am sure many of you know, these things heal relatively slowly, with fits and starts of irritation. I was using the original piercing jewelry (stainless steel barbell) but, of course, it would get caught on something every now and then and there would be another bout of irritation, Plus, stainless just isn't the same as gold or silver for me. I found Tummy Toys online and found the sleeper belly ring - silver and meant for comfort - and figured that I had to try it. Well, I order it and some other jewelry. I live in the U.S. and I was given a deliver by date of 10/9. The jewelry arrived about September 5th, which was great. But the silver sleeper belly ring is really the star. It is comfortable and doesn't get caught on clothing. The metal does not irritate my piercing. I am so happy! If you have trouble with irritating metal or jewelry that gets caught on clothing, Tummy Toys is a must buy!“