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troubleinharlem's avatar

Why does my skin smell weird underneath of my class ring?

Asked by troubleinharlem (7978points) March 7th, 2010

It’s 10k white gold, if it helps. xD

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jazzjeppe's avatar

Sweat and germs?

dpworkin's avatar

where’s your finger been?

mrrich724's avatar

Your ring, unlike your clothing, is not breathable. No air circulation leads to the growth of germs and bacteria. Bacteria is stinky. I would say to take your ring off once a day and wash your hands and dry them well before putting it back on.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Sweat, dirt, oxidation of non-gold metals in the ring

malevolentbutticklish's avatar

You should take a look at a small piece of “under-ring” under-microscope. ewwwww

troubleinharlem's avatar

@dpworkin ; uhm. nowhere interesting, I assure you.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

You’re getting all of the above in there plus soap & God knows what else. (good one DP) LOLLLL

This reminds me of a story that was in the paper years & years ago. This man was diligent in taking showers & keeping clean. But he still had an odor to him that he couldn’t get rid of. He went to his doctor & he had him lay down on the table naked. The doctor started on a sniffing expedition. By the time he got to his hands, he’d found it. The man wore a ring with a lot of filigree ornamentation to it. The ring was full of crusted gunk & it stunk.

Take an old toothbrush & scrub it out every now & then with toothpaste. It’s a mild abrasive & will clean it shiny clean.

john65pennington's avatar

Lack of a deodorant.

SeventhSense's avatar

You may have a reaction to the gold. My mother’s skin turn black when it’s exposed to gold for a length of time. I don’t know if this would cause a smell but if it can change your skin color it’s a possibility.

jerv's avatar

I get the same thing under my wedding band (14K gold) and my watch (stainless steel back and band). It also happens to my entire hand whenever I wear rubber gloves, which is pretty much every day I work.

It’s sweat. More accurately, it’s sweat that gets held against your skin for a long time with no air circulation to evaporate it away. Like a stagnant swamp, all sorts of funky, smelly stuff grows in that stuff.

Why do you think I wash my hand regularly? I also move my wedding band around a little so that it isn’t in exactly the same place all the time and take off my watch sometimes. That allows a little drying, a litle airing, and makes it easier to rinse the funk off in a sink.

thriftymaid's avatar

Soap scum and dead skin. Clean your hand and the ring.

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