I have been working as an HHA for a few weeks now and I have developed a rash under my wedding ring. It has an intricate design, so I think powder from the gloves and moisture is getting trapped in there somehow. I (of course) wash my hands constantly and try to move my ring around to get it clean and the skin underneath. I sometimes just stick it in my pocket when I am giving care, but I am afraid I will lose it in a pt.'s home. Does any one buy a separate plain band to wear at work or clinicals? Or do you just not wear it at all?
Apr 29, '05
you could always take it off and put it on a chain around your neck... i've seen quite a few people at the hospital do that. When you wash your hands, make sure you take it off and dry real well under there. That happens to my hands if I don't dry under my ring, so I don't wear any rings to clinical at all.
Apr 29, '05
I recently got an engagement ring.
While we looked around, I knew I wanted a ring that did not have a sharp edge, so I didn't tear my gloves. In the unit I will be working on, we use the very thick, non-latex gloves. I put a pair on to make sure it wouldn't rip. My wedding band also has diamonds in the band itself, so if I do stop wearing my engagement ring, I still have "bling". My ring does irritate me sometimes, b/c it starts itching under the band. If it doesn't have diamonds in it, see if you can get a comfort band. I had a ring with the same problem, but I got one of those rings and it was wonderful! -andrea