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Even high quality rings can cause the occasional rash on the skin of the finger beneath them. Ring rot, as its known, is especially prevalent for lower quality rings where gold or silver has been plated onto the surface. Skin oils and sweat cause a chemical reaction with the metal, producing an itchy, red rash. There is an easy home remedy to cure this irritating issue. Neutralizing this reaction will keep your rings from causing a rash.

Combine the hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in a small cup or bowl. You should do this in a well ventilated area as the smell is strong.

Place your ring into the solution. The mixture will not harm the metal of the ring or any stones that may be set in it.

Allow the ring to sit in the solution for 20 minutes. This will neutralize any built up acids due to a chemical reaction between the oils and sweat from your hand and the metal of the ring.

Remove the ring from the solution, rinse it in warm water and dry with a paper towel.

Perform this process every four months to keep ring rash from re-appearing.


If you currently have a ring rash, perform this process but leave your ring off for two days before wearing it again. This will give your skin time to clear up.


Wearing rings at night or in the shower can perpetuate a ring rash problem. Avoid wearing rings during these times.

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Jonathan Shaffer

Jonathan Shaffer has been a freelance writer and blogger since 1999. He has written concert reviews for prominent music blogs and magazines, including "Connections Magazine" in Orlando, Fla. Shaffer holds an Associate of Science in the recording arts from Full Sail University and is working on a Bachelor of Business from Valencia College.