Gold Allergies

Gold is thought of as one of the safest metals/minerals to be used for jewelry making process as there is a low reactivity to it when it comes into contact with the human body. It is one of the most sorts after minerals for this same reason and known to be a luxurious precious metal.  Gold is not just used in the jewelry making process but is also used to make many other items. These items include things such as women’s and men’s accessories, interior design, dental care, and there are even some alcoholic drinks that contain gold in them! However, what if you have a gold allergy?

Gold allergies are quite rare, and usually, people who react to gold jewelry find that it is not the gold that they are allergic to, but they are allergic to the nickel used in most gold jewelry. For many years this has also been supported by dermatologists saying that people are not allergic to Gold but nickel. Still, over recent years scientists have revealed that people could be allergic to pure gold.

Gold is also one of the most expensive minerals to make jewelry from, and for this reason, most jewelry pieces are a combination of more than one metal. In most cases, the other mineral used is nickel. Nickel allergy is far more common, and it is due to this that there has been a lot of skepticism for the medical industry. That skepticism is whether a person can be allergic to Gold and not the nickel that is in the jewelry making process.

A gold allergy does not appear as quickly as many allergies to most other metals. Many allergies will show symptoms in a matter of hours, but with a gold allergy, it takes a more extended period of exposure to start to show the signs of the gold allergy.

What is Gold

Gold is a chemical element as appose to a mineral. Being a chemical, this means that the gold has the same number of atoms as it does in its atomic number. Gold's atomic number is 79, so this means that gold also has 79 atoms. Gold's symbol is AU. The symbol AU implies that gold is one of the highest atomic numbers that can occur naturally. When gold is in its pure form, it is bright yellow with a slight red undertone. We find gold in places such as rocks in the earth, or as nuggets or, in silt or clay.

Gold is resistant to most forms of acid, making it extremely durable. The chemicals that gold does react to are aqua regia, hydrocolloid acid, alkaline solutions of cyanide, and mercury dissolves gold and causes amalgam alloys. Still, amalgam alloys are not a chemical reaction.

Nitric acid does not dissolve gold even though it is known to dissolve silver and other base metals, and due to this has been used for many years to refine gold and is also used to detect gold within other metals. This process is also known as the acid test.

Gold test

Gold has been used throughout history to make money. Although, not been since the1930s. During 1971 a fiat money system was introduced. Meaning that the money only has value as the government gives it value. In 2015 it was said that there were 186,700 tonnes of gold, which was at that time above ground. Gold also has high conductivity for electricity, and with its high durability it has meant that gold has had continued use in computerized devices this being the primary industrial use for gold), infrared shielding, gold leafing and is still to this day used for teeth,

You can also get gold in the form of a salt. This salt is also an alternative medicine as an anti-inflammatory. The largest producer of gold is China, which alone produces around 440 tonnes per year.

Gold Allergy Symptoms

If you do have a gold allergy, then you need to know what symptoms to look for. The symptoms for a gold allergy are very similar to the signs in an allergy to nickel. These symptoms are excessive itching, skin rashes, hive, and reddish skin color. If you have a severe case, then other symptoms will include dry skin on the area of the body that has come into contact with the metal that will look a little like a burn, and there may also be lumps that will turn into blisters which can release a fluid. These symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to a month, depending on how severe the reaction is.

These symptoms are all very similar to an allergy to nickel. However, if you have a gold allergy, you will also have Pompholyx, as well as the above symptoms. Pompholyx is a type of eczema that occurs on the hands and feet.

Other symptoms that can occur in a gold allergy are contact dermatitis, contact stomatitis, and lichen planus. We will look at these individually.

What is Pompholyx

Pompholyx is a rare skin condition that affects less than 20,000 people per year. This condition tends to affect the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. This condition can affect any person at any age, but it does tend to be found more commonly in people under the age of 40.

The symptoms of Pompholyx are a very intense burning and itching on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet. This burning and itching then turn into tiny fluid-filled blisters. These blisters may also weep. In severe cases, these blisters can become much more extensive and can also spread to other areas such as the backs of the hands, the tops of the feet, and can even spread to arms and legs.

These blisters can become infected, and if this happens, then the blisters will become painful and may secrete pus. Pompholyx can heal within a few weeks, and you will know when the condition is improving as the skin in the affected area will become dry and start to crack and peel as it heals.

Pompholyx will clear up on its own in most cases, but you can help to ease the symptoms of the condition as it heals. The things that you can do to help the symptoms are:

First of all, avoid contact with gold.

If you have blisters, appear then try to avoid any harsh soaps or chemicals that are very often found and used in the home as these chemicals will aggravate the blisters more.

Do not burst these blisters yourself. Leave the blisters alone and let them heal on their own. If the blisters are large, then you can make an appointment with your doctor, who will then drain them for you. If you do attempt to remove the blisters yourself, then this can then cause infection and making the whole situation worse for you.

Many of the treatments for Pompholyx are very similar to the procedures used for atopic eczema. These include using an unscented moisturizer instead of soap to prevent your skin from drying out. If you do see a doctor, then they may prescribe a steroid cream also. You can also wear cotton gloves at night-time to assist with the cream soaking into your skin.

You can also take antihistamines to relieve the itching if it becomes too much. You can purchase antihistamines at the pharmacy, and you do not need a prescription for them.

What is Contact Stomatitis

Stomatitis is a condition that occurs in the mouth, and this is an allergic reaction to gold in the mouth. Gold in the mouth will be things such as gold filling and gold teeth. There is then an allergic reaction when that item comes into contact with the lining of the mouth.

Contact Stomatitis is quite uncommon compared to allergic reactions such as dermatitis and eczema. That is mainly because the mouth is always being washed out by your saliva. Furthermore, it does not have as much keratin in the lining as other areas of the body. This process means that there is less keratin for the chemical to bind with to cause a reaction.

The symptoms of contact stomatitis occur fairly quickly as appose to when gold comes into contact with the skin what can take days or weeks to react. Symptoms can occur with this condition within hours rather than days.

The contact stomatitis can affect all areas of the mouth but does tend to appear more commonly in the gums, hard palate, inside of the cheeks, and the sides of the tongue. When stomatitis occurs due to gold in the mouth, it will only be the area in contact with the gold.

The symptoms of contact stomatitis may include one or a mixture of burning and swelling, redness, ulcers, small blisters, cracking, white patches, and pain.

To treat contact stomatitis, the thing you need to do is to remove the item that it is causing the reaction, and this may include visiting your dentist where they will diagnose the condition and remove anything causing the reaction.

 Gold Allergy Tests

A gold allergy test is carried out by a dermatologist. The dermatologist will test the skin in the same way they do for all metal allergies. You will need to visit the doctor, who will then refer you to a dermatologist who will conduct a patch test to confirm the allergy. This test takes 48 hours to complete, and at the end of the 48 hours you will know whether you are allergic or not

Once you have a diagnosis for a gold allergy, the dermatologist will advise avoiding all contact with gold jewelry and gold-plated jewelry at all costs. If you have dental work with gold, the dermatologist will also recommend that you visit your dentist and have the dental work replaced.

A gold allergy may last for years during the diagnosis stage as it is a rare condition that has said before can be confused with an allergy to nickel, so it may take some time to separate this from your diagnosis. There is currently no cure at this time, and the only way to avoid the condition is not to use gold.

Once Diagnosed

So, you have been for all the tests and diagnosed as being allergic to gold. A gold allergy is very rare, and you may not feel that special right now as you look at all of the beautiful jewelry that you can no longer wear.

Now, if you are someone who has costly jewelry, then you may wish to look into having your jewelry put through the process of dipping or sealing. This process can be expensive and may not be available to all of us. If you are unable to have this process done, then you will need to look at other types of jewelry that use different types of metals.

The most popular option for people with a gold allergy is to look into hypoallergenic jewelry. This kind of jewelry will specify for you which metals have been used in the jewelry making process, making it much easier for you to manage your allergy while still being able to wear jewelry.

Hypoallergenic jewelry can be inexpensive and just as beautiful as your current pieces made from gold. So often, we see that people with an allergy do not wear jewelry at all, and this is understandable as this is the safest way to avoid any reaction. But what if you love wearing jewelry? Then hypoallergenic is the way forward for you.


Here in this site, we sell many different pieces of jewelry, and none of our jewelry lines contain gold in them.

So, depending on your budget and the style you are looking for, we are sure you will find something that suits you and enables you to continue wearing beautiful jewelry. If your allergy is to gold, then you are in luck! With an allergy to gold, it means that none of our collections are off-limits to you, so take a look around our home page by clicking here to look at our collections and see what takes your fancy.