Apple Watch giving me a rash

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  1. cutemoto macrumors member

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    I've had my Apple Watch Sport since June & now all of a sudden I've got a itchy rash on my wrist. This is the only wearable I wear I've got the black sport band & it also leaves red marks on my wrist.
     
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    Something must have gotten in between the watch and your wrist to irritate it. Keep it off for a few weeks.
     
  5. cutemoto thread starter macrumors member

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    I need it on though all day everyday and at night to track my sleep I only take it off for 2 hours a day to charge it
     
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  7. cutemoto thread starter macrumors member

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    What is that? Can I not wear the watch anymore?
     
  8. sxistus macrumors newbie

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    use transparent nailpolish to prevent contact between the pin's back and your skin
     
  9. JayLenochiniMac, Dec 1, 2015
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    I'd suspect something else since the OP has been wearing it 22 hours a day 7 days a week since June, e.g., some external irritant got in between. The area of contact dermatitis is much larger than where the pin is located.
     
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    I was wondering if that looks more like a heat rash?
     
  12. cutemoto thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't know what it could be but it's putting me off of wearing right now. I think I should change the band & loosen it abit
     
  13. jasie02, Dec 1, 2015
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    That looks like is sport band rash, since it is inside of wrist.
    Had you wear any traditional watch with plastic band, like Timex, for 22 hrs straight without remove before?
    If this is 1st time you wear plastic band for 22 hrs straight, you could already has allergy to plastic you just did not wear long enough to known it in the past, not Apple's problem.
    You could try Apple or 3rd party REAL leather band. Make sure it is real leather INSIDE. Some cheap 3rd party leather band use fake leather inside.
     
  14. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    The most important take-home message from the link is the cause is most likely "extended exposure to irritants like soap or sweat" as the type of contact dermatitis the OP has appears to be irritant-based rather than allergy-based. The OP has been wearing the AW 22 hours a day, 7 days a week and the affected area is much larger than where the pin lies so some irritant most likely got in between.

    You can simply wear it on the other wrist until it clears up, and be extra careful not to get anything in between going forward.
     
  15. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Exposure time is irrelevant if it is an allergy.
     
  16. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    While that may be true, the affected area doesn't coincide within where the pin lies so it's more likely an irritant contact dermatitis than that of an allergy one.
     
  17. Jessem1133 macrumors 6502

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    Agreed.
    Stop wearing it for a few weeks. Your skin needs time to breathe. Shouldn't be wearing it all day/night anyways.
     
  18. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    You are wearing it too tightly. I can still see the band indentations.
     
  19. jpgr15 macrumors 6502a

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    I promise I'm not trying to be a smart ass, but do you clean your watch regularly?

    I didn't really when I first got it but then I realized how disgusting it got underneath so now I wash it at least weekly.
     
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    Yeah... that looks like some skin irritation I got many years ago from wearing a watch too tightly and doing stuff with it on that would attract dirt under the watch band.

    I have three watch bands for my Apple Watch Sport that I rotate and try to keep clean: The Sport band that came with the watch, a brown leather Clockwork Synergy band, and a leather loop knockoff. I wear the leather bands the most. I think it's good to not wear it too snug all the time. I snug it up for workouts to keep it from moving on my wrist and to get more accuracy with the heart rate sensor. The rest of the time I will sometimes keep it a bit loose. I think it helps to change bands every now and then, but it is also a good idea to change wrists every now and then.

    I have felt some minor irritation from wearing my watch a few times (has happened with every watch I've owned). As soon as I feel something, I switch the watch to the other wrist for a day or two. I don't wait for a rash to appear. Within 24 or 48 hours I will move the watch back to my preferred wrist and it feels totally fine. Skin doesn't like to be covered up all the time. Sometimes you gotta let things breathe.

    Sean
     
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    Sorry this happened to you. It happened to me and come to find out I obsessively washes my hands and mine came from the soap suds buildup. Th suds drying on the inside of my band and skin became irritated. I went ahead and purchased milanese band to slide up arm while washing and drying to avoid it. In the meantime, just use aquaphor and place your watch on the other side with another band until it clears up.
     
  22. nicho macrumors 68000

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    wash the band in water (nothing else), and wear it on the other wrist as others have said.

    if you have to wear it every day and night, consider wearing it on the wrong wrist at night for sleep tracking so the left one gets some time to breathe.
     
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    I would have the same problem when I would wear a watch with a metal band. Once I switched to a plastic or rubber band, I never had the problem anymore.
     
  24. mooninite macrumors member

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    Your definition of a "need" vs a "want" is completely different than mine.

    I don't "need" an Apple Watch... Or a smartphone... Or a television...

    First world problems.
     
  25. cutemoto thread starter macrumors member

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    I have medical problems, I do need to keep track of my heart rate.
     

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