Wedding Ring Rash

Medical Author: Nili N. Alai, MD, FAAD
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

Wedding ring rash is a fairly common skin rash that occurs under the band of a ring. Individuals with a history of sensitive skin, eczema, allergies, or atopic dermatitis are more prone to this type of rash. Wedding ring rash is most commonly caused by either an actual allergy to the nickel component of the ring itself or an irritation from the buildup of soap and/or debris under the ring. Often the rash may occur even after many years of wearing the same ring without any problems. Over the course of a few days to weeks, a small red patch of skin may begin to appear under the ring. This rash may initially come and go spontaneously and after a while become chronic.

Picture of wedding ring rash (wedding ring dermatitis)
Picture of wedding ring rash (wedding ring dermatitis)

Wedding ring rash is also called wedding ring dermatitis. Although wedding ring dermatitis is most common in married women, essentially anyone wearing any ring for prolonged periods could develop an allergic skin reaction.