HELP! Rash from a watch?

@tammyr (5945)
United States
May 6, 2007 2:21pm CST
I recently got a watch from Avon. I ordered it because the cheaper watch I had was causing a rash. Well I have had it about 3 weeks and now it is breaking me out also. I really like my new watch and want to keep wearing it. Do you have any suggestions to stop it from breaking me out? I take a daily allergy pill, so that will not help. Thank you for your replies!
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34 responses
• Ireland
6 May 07
The same thing used to happen to me when i wore cheap jewellery and watches as i was allergic to something in them. I just had to stop wearing them as anything i tried would not stop the rash.
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@tammyr (5945)
• United States
6 May 07
I don't consider a $30 watch cheap. I waited till it was on sale though. i have a plastic one that I also wear for fun, but it is a child size and it is a little tight. I guess if nothing else I will wear it. I can not go with out one, I am too use to having it!
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• United States
7 May 07
Tammy, monetarily thirty dollars is not cheap. Please read my response to you...it's really important...
@herrbaggs (1308)
• United States
24 May 07
Has it ever occured to you that God did not intend for you to know what time it is?
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@tammyr (5945)
• United States
25 May 07
LOL You may be right. I have a dish full of watches that don't work for some reason. I am late alot, so he must be the reason I am not having watch problems!!
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@PsychoDude (2018)
• Netherlands
6 May 07
Can't really stop it, just have to take a watch from another material. Titanium tends to be quite well on people who usually get rashes from watches.
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@tammyr (5945)
• United States
6 May 07
I will have to pay attention to what it has in it from now on!
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@crickethear (1420)
• United States
6 May 07
I can't wear certain watches either for that very reason. I break out in a horrible rash. I have found though, that if I wear a watch like a bracelett, where it is loose, then I am ok, and I don't break out. However, I can't even do that in the summer, because the heat causes swelling and stuff.
@tammyr (5945)
• United States
6 May 07
I do wear it loose, but it still broke me out. I could add the extra links back on but then it would fall off.LOL
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@villageanne (8579)
• United States
6 May 07
My husband cannot wear cheaper watches except timex. Weird but the rest break him out also. Timex does not break him out at all. He has a cheap times to use at work. He is a mechanic on Large Equipment and dont want to ruin his good watches. He is on allergie meds too but they dont help the breaking out. He also is allergic to the chemicals that they wash his uniforms in. We have to wash them at home. They break him out too.
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@tammyr (5945)
• United States
6 May 07
I also have a problem with condensation on the inside of some watches. I got that from my grandfather. He could only wear one for a couple of hours before it would steam up on the inside of the face!LOL
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@GardenGerty (71720)
• Marion, Kansas
7 May 07
I have a solution for the condensation, and it works on other things besides watches. Are you familiar with the little packets that come in vitamins and medicines, the one that says "Do not eat this"? It is silica gel, a dessicant, that means it dries things out. Keep your watch in a closed container with one when you are not wearing it, like at night. Even more than one. Works like a charm. It is the same thing as the crystals found in craft stores to dry flowers.
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@tammyr (5945)
• United States
7 May 07
Thank Gertie I may try that. I will have to find some of those little packs. I throw them away fast so my pets don't get them.
• Philippines
14 Jun 07
what i did when i had this condition and i had to wear watch then as cellphones was not in use yet, i just simply place a handkerchief in between the watch and my skin. i am easily allergic to things that get in contact with my skin and this was the best solution that i found for the problem. it is not advisable to be taking anti allery tablets for a continuous period of time. it is best that you stay away from using watches if the rashes will still be coming in.
@tammyr (5945)
• United States
15 Jun 07
I put a coat of nail polish on it and that has stopped the rash. I re-apply it about once a week.
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@royal52gens (5362)
• United States
25 May 07
I just paint the back of the watch with clear nail polish to prevent this type of thing from happening. You can also do this to the inside of any rings that give you problems. I know, now you have to call the local Avon lady and order more clear nail polish and that won't be here until the next order comes in. hehehe
@tammyr (5945)
• United States
26 May 07
My ring - I love this ring because I have never seen one like it!
LOL. I have some clear on hand. I use it for crafts! And it happens to be Avon, fitting huh? I only wear one ring. It is very unique, I've yet to see one like it. My BF gave it to me years ago, and I only take it off when I might damage it. I will try to post a photo of it.
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
24 May 07
I'm not sure if this would work, but my mother used to do this with some of our costume jewelery that would break us out. She'd coat whatever part of it that touches our skin with clear nail polish, after a bit it wears off but it seems to work, especially with "fake" rings ;)
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@tammyr (5945)
• United States
25 May 07
I is working so far. I am re-coating it every 3 days or so.
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@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
21 May 07
Hi tammyr, my sister has this same problem. She cannot wear cheaper jewelry. She has always had to use clear nail polish on jewlery so that she would not break out in a rash. Use the clear polish, I have seen it work. Hope it helps you...take care...
@tammyr (5945)
• United States
22 May 07
I did paint it and it did work, well so far!
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• United States
6 May 07
Get some moleskin that has an adhesive on the back side of it and place it over the plate. I have used moleskin for various things and find it best when you need a barrier between delicate, sensitve skin and an irritating material.
@tammyr (5945)
• United States
6 May 07
That is a great idea!! I like that better than tryiong to glue a piece of felt or fabric on the back. If the polish doesn't work, I am sure that will!! Thank you very much for the great answer!
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@MH4444 (2163)
• United States
4 Jun 07
I sell Avon now as an e-rep. I will check with the company and see about helping you out. What I need to know from you if you want that help is the campaign number you bought it under. That way Avon can see what is available. Avon is 100% guarateed.
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@tammyr (5945)
• United States
5 Jun 07
Oh thank you hun. I am very happy with my watch. I would hate to not have it. I have coated the back with the no-chip clear top-coat and it is no longer breaking me out. I really love it and it took me a while to wait till it was on sale. I do REALLY apreciate the offer though. It is more than my freind/rep did, but then again I did only mention it in passing and not as a real complaint or anything.
@MH4444 (2163)
• United States
6 Jun 07
You're welcome. Contact me if you need any more Avon. I am online now as an e-rep. Best Wishes
@tammyr (5945)
• United States
7 Jun 07
Thank you. Right now I am laid off and watching every penny, most I see them flying away, but If I ever get caught up, I will give you a hollar!!
@patootie (3593)
21 May 07
You could try putting some clear sticky tape along the back so the metal of the watch doesn't touch your skin .. or you could paint the back of the watch and strap with clear nail varnish .. Other than that I can say that the sterling silver watch I have never makes me itch .. and a good gold plated watch shouldn't hurt either ..
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@tammyr (5945)
• United States
22 May 07
I painted it and it is not breaking me out. I have another that breaks me out so I painted it too!
@patootie (3593)
22 May 07
Glad you have found a way to wear your pretty watch .. don't forget to check the varnish occasionally and repaint as necessary .. or you'll be getting your rash back again .. and those niickel rashes are really itchy aren;t they .. I might be an idea to let Avon know too .. generally they use low nickel metals to avoid folks getting the rashes .. you never know they may even send you a money off voucher for further purchases ;o)
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@tammyr (5945)
• United States
25 May 07
That is a great suggestion. I told the rep that I got it from, but we are friends and I was friendly, not business about it. I may have to call her, thank you.
@byfaithonly (10717)
• United States
6 May 07
I've had this happen before and finally gave up wearing a watch except for a very expensive one - that didn't break me out but I don't like wearing it daily for fear of breaking or losing it. Someone one time suggested painting the back of the watch with clear nailpolish but I can't honestly remember if that worked or not and haven't thought of it for years until I read your discussion.
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@tammyr (5945)
• United States
7 May 07
Every one says it will so I am going to try it. I REALLY like this watch, and every time I get an expensive watch it gets lost or stops working.
• United States
7 May 07
I stopped buying watches a while back. My hubby bought me a Seiko. It has endured many years on my left wrist. But, when I needed to send it back to the manufacturor for a battery replacement (long story), I bought a $4 watch that had a butterfly on the face. I gave it to my daughter when I got my watch back. Now I wish that I had kept it. Loved the butterfly on the face.
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@tammyr (5945)
• United States
8 May 07
The plastic one I have was only $1 or $2 and it is really cute. It is red with fish on the band. I have a bunch of watches that no longer work. I do not agree with some of them and they stop working after a short tome!LOL
@charms88 (7547)
• Philippines
7 May 07
Oh tammy, I don't know to what extend your allergies are. I suggest you stop wearing any fancy watch. Save some money every month so you can buy a genuine one. It is better to wear a real watch rather than to deal with break out everyday. Try to avoid taking allergy pill everyday. I suggest you take flax seed oil supplement. I am taking it daily for many months now and not only am I not experiencing any allergies, my skin has never been this good.
@tammyr (5945)
• United States
7 May 07
Thank you charms I have not heard of Flax seed oil for allergies. I will have to check into that. This is a nice watch and I REALLY like it. I am going to try a few things to see if it helps. I hate to stop wearing it. I have been about a week without a watch and I can not stand it!
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@charms88 (7547)
• Philippines
7 May 07
Oh, I understand. Even I can't stand not wearing one. You may ask for flax seed oil as well as borage oil. Both of this work wonder for allergies.
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@gabs8513 (48828)
• United Kingdom
6 May 07
Tammy you must be allergic to something the watches I know my Friend has that problem the only thing that I can suggest is put some clear Nailvanish on the watch in the Area where you are getting the Rash that is what my Friend did or buy a plastic or rubber strap for the watch
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@tammyr (5945)
• United States
6 May 07
I have a plastic watch that I got for $2 at the dollar store!LOL It is a kids watch and a bit tight so I can not wear it long either. I am going to try to paint the back with nail polish/varnish to see if that helps any.
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@gabs8513 (48828)
• United Kingdom
6 May 07
Well that is what my Friend did and every other Day put a fresh thin coat on
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• Costa Rica
16 Apr 08
Hi. Why don't you change the wrist you have the watch on. The watch probably has nickel in it. Avoid getting soap and water under the area, or perfume. Take care!!!
@tammyr (5945)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Yes it was the nickel. I coated it with clear nail polish and that worked. Hi raquis, Welcome to mylot! Hope you have a great time here and meet many new friends! Happy posting!
@Hatley (110379)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Apr 08
You have a metal allergy but there may be something that you could put on the back of the watch to keep away from your skin. Perhaps a clear coating of clear nail polish might work.
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@tammyr (5945)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Yes that worked very well. Thank you for posting here, have a great week!
@suspenseful (40331)
• Canada
4 Mar 08
You are probably allergic to nickel. It may be that you have to go to a jewelers rather than to a regular department store. Also if you have a metal strap, replace it with a leather strap. Eventually if you keep wearing the watch, it will stop working. And go to the doctor's and get an anti allergy cream. But I really think the best thing for you is to find out if there are watches that do not contain any nickel. They are usually more expensive or you can use a pocket or a watch as a brooch.
@tammyr (5945)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Watchlace - A necklace and a watch. I love it. I only wish it had something other than a skull and cross bones on it. LOL
Yes I seem to be allergic to nickel. I got it from Avon. . I did get it on sale, but it was not a cheap watch. Well... I guess it was in reality. lol Anyway, putting nail polish on the back worked. I now have a necklace that looks like a tiny flip phone but is a clock inside. I love it.
• United States
7 Jun 07
Sometimes u can put a coat of clear nail polish over the area that touches ur skin to add a layer of protection.
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@tammyr (5945)
• United States
8 Jun 07
nd it does work. Thank you for adding your advise and if you ever have the same problem, it works.
@crazynurse (7511)
• United States
21 May 07
It is verly likely the nickle content in the watch. My daughter has a nickle allergy and can't wear a lot of earrings/watches/rings that others wear. I see that folks have already mentioned the clear nailpolish. That will help, but it wears off too! You will end up having to coat it every few days! My daughter does best with earrings and jewelry marked as 'nickle free.' As for a watch, we had to go the stainless steel route for her. She has had it two years without any breaking out!
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@tammyr (5945)
• United States
21 May 07
Thank you. The polish is working for me. I will be sure to look for the nickel free kind. My daughter (10) got me a bracelet that says mom and she got it sterling silver so I could wear it! She is so special!