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rvivancoITA

macrumors newbie
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Apr 13, 2019
17
12
Switzerland
hi all,
after 45 days using my new watch, I noticed today that I got a wound on my right wrist.
because Apple states that in order to get an accurate measurement of different parameters is better to keep the watch tight, I followed their instructions, never disturbed it, but then I got this wound.
is winter, so not exercise nor sweat.
I never washed my band. my model has the normal band blue navy (2 stripes) and keep it tight as suggested by iPhone.
this wound looks like a fungal infection? hopes not but I am sure is due to the watch being tight to my wrist 24h a day. only put it away when going to the shower.
I want to know if this is a known issue or is because I have to wash frequently the band.

please let me know your insights.

thanks
Ricardo
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rvivancoITA

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 13, 2019
17
12
Switzerland
You should make an appointment with a doctor about your skin problem.
for sure Robert, a doctor should see it, I did not expect to get an opinion about my wound on this forum :) just want to know if: some other users had the same issue and if you use to wash the band very often. I thought the material of the band was one of the best, but now I have my doubts......
this issue never happened with my Samsung Gear S3 Sport (same plastic band)
 

Apple_Robert

macrumors Nehalem
Sep 21, 2012
30,704
40,909
In the middle of several books.
for sure Robert, a doctor should see it, I did not expect to get an opinion about my wound on this forum :) just want to know if: some other users had the same issue and if you use to wash the band very often. I thought the material of the band was one of the best, but now I have my doubts......
this issue never happened with my Samsung Gear S3 Sport (same plastic band)
Some members have stated getting skin irritation / rash / or what appeared to be an allergic from a band they were wearing. If a remember correctly, most times the problems involved the Solo loop or sports band.
 

schlupps

macrumors 6502
Sep 22, 2020
254
243
RheinMain - Germany
The reason i was asking is, that i had an irritation on my wrist under the watch, that looked like yours.. checking the watch i found, that on the watches back, some skin and dust was collected around the circular glass part (with those sensors..). After this, i started to use my moist towel after showering to quickly clean my watches back before putting it back on my wrist again. since then, this irritation just went away and never came back.
 

easy4lif

macrumors 6502
Mar 31, 2005
477
947
Southbay CA
Usually i get an alcohol wipe and clean the Sapphire back of the watch after a days use.

1 I want accurate readings
2 the back is usually gunky by the end of the day
 
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rvivancoITA

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 13, 2019
17
12
Switzerland
The reason i was asking is, that i had an irritation on my wrist under the watch, that looked like yours.. checking the watch i found, that on the watches back, some skin and dust was collected around the circular glass part (with those sensors..). After this, i started to use my moist towel after showering to quickly clean my watches back before putting it back on my wrist again. since then, this irritation just went away and never came back.
I found some dirty on the band. perhaps it got accumulated during this month and I did not notice it until I see it today. I never washed it. only once I used it on the pool. but looks like it require a constant clean. I work on the computer, do not work outside. also I do not use to make sport during winter , so chances of sweating for me are low.
 

rvivancoITA

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 13, 2019
17
12
Switzerland
Usually i get an alcohol wipe and clean the Sapphire back of the watch after a days use.

1 I want accurate readings
2 the back is usually gunky by the end of the day
got it! that is what I suspected. is not like a "normal watch" that you barely clean its band. I never did this before with any other watch, including the Gear S3 and Gear S2. perhaps, this one, due to the fact that I put tighter on my wrist than others, it caused this irritation. I will not put so tight next time and will see.
Is tight 24 hours a day, then a little bit of dust and sweat, with time can create this wound.

will see.

thanks for your insights!
regards
 
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akash.nu

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May 26, 2016
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You don’t have to wear the watch super tight. Just a comfortable fit works fine, Apple says don’t let it get too lose that the back doesn’t contact your skin.

I’ve been using the watch for years wearing all the time and only take it off to put it on charge when I go to take shower as well, never had any issues.

Having said that different people have different types of skin and different materials will react different depending on the skin type. There can’t be a universal answer to this.
 
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wilberforce

macrumors 68020
Aug 15, 2020
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because Apple states that in order to get an accurate measurement of different parameters is better to keep the watch tight, I followed their instructions, never disturbed it, but then I got this wound.
Apple does NOT say to keep the watch tight.
Apple actually says: "not too tight, not too loose, and with room for your skin to breathe." It goes on to say: "you may want to tighten your Apple Watch band for workouts, then loosen it when you’re done," and "an overly tight band can cause skin irritation."
Apple also gives detailed information about the materials, the standards they meet, and the testing done:
 
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