My Wedding Ring Is Making My Finger Peel – What To Do

By Kathy •  Updated: 11/13/21 •  3 min read

You may have noticed that your wedding ring is making your finger peel. Maybe you even noticed that your finger has been peeling a little more than usual. Maybe you’re not sure what to do about it, but you want to take care of it as soon as possible.

Are you worried that this is something serious? Well, there are a few things you can do to help the situation. You’ll need to understand how the skin on your finger works so that you can determine what the problem is and what you can do about it.

What Is Peeling?

Peeling happens when layers of skin begin to come off. The outer layer (the epidermis) comes off first, followed by the next layer (the dermis), and then the inner layer (the hypodermis).

Most peeling will be limited to just one finger, but it can sometimes happen on other parts of your body, such as your arm or leg. It’s also possible for fingernails to become peeled if there’s too much friction from wear and tear or other reasons.

Peeling happens because the layers of skin are in contact with each other too much and they aren’t being replaced. It’s also possible that the skin has become irritated or infected.

Why Is My Finger Peeling?

There are a few reasons why your finger might be peeling. Some of them may be serious, but others may not be that serious. Sometimes, people’s fingernails will start to peel because they are getting older and the nail is beginning to grow slower than normal.

It’s also possible for bacteria or other fungi to infect your finger, causing an infection called “thrush.” The most common places for this infection to occur are on the tip of the finger or under the nail. Thrush can also occur in between your fingers, which can make them look red and sore (and sometimes peel).

What to do?

It’s very important to see a doctor right away if you notice that your finger is peeling or that you have an infection between your fingers. The sore could be an infection and need treatment right away.

Here are some of the things you can do to help take care of the problem:

  1. Avoid getting soap in the cracks between your fingers. Soap will dry out the skin and make it more likely for it to peel. You can use hand lotion instead.
  2. Keep your hands moisturized, especially when they’re wet. Moisturizing will help keep the skin soft and prevent dryness.
  3. Use gloves if you have to do something that involves touching water or working with tools or chemicals. If you don’t wear gloves, wash your hands well after touching water or working with these materials so that you don’t spread germs around your hands and make them worse.
  4. When washing dishes, keep a bowl of warm water handy so that you can clean up without getting soap in the cracks between your fingers again. You need to take care of your fingers carefully.
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Kathy is a freelance writer who specializes in writing about all aspects of a wedding—from the planning to the event itself. She graduated from the University of Technology in Sydney (yes, Australia!), with a degree in media and communication. She also became an American citizen and loves her new home country. Kathy has somewhat of a boho spirit and enjoys some great rock-n-roll music. She is married and enjoys working from home with her husband, who’s also a writer. They both try to get out as often as possible by taking long walks, visiting wineries on the weekend, and more. While they don’t yet have kids, Kathy and her husband have plans to expand their family in the next year or two!