my black sport band is causing allergy

lachero23

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I have had my space grey 42mm apple watch sport with black sport band for a few days and I like it. However, it's causing allergy now. After I take it off my wrist, Part of my wrist, where there is the band, gets itchy. I get one or two pimples on my wrist. After I scratch the area, epidermis falls down. Do you guys have similar issues?
 

JayLenochiniMac

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Where is it located? If it's where the stainless steel pin sits, you have nickel allergy and might be able to prevent it by applying clear nail polish to the SS pin. If it's a bigger area where the band meets, it can be an allergy to the fluoroelastomer band or a result of wearing it too tight, trapping moisture and soap under the band.
 

speedbumpnv

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The space gray model does contain some nickel according to Apple's documents. However, the only part of the band that could contain nickel would be the stud. The fluoroelastomer band itself should be mostly hypoallergenic. That said, everyone is different and there very well could be something in there that doesn't agree with you. Wikipedia uses lots of big words to describe its composition...

Fluoroelastomers are categorized under the ASTM D1418 & ISO 1629 designation of FKM. This class of elastomers is a family comprising copolymers of hexafluoropropylene (HFP) and vinylidene fluoride (VDF or VF2), terpolymers of tetrafluoroethylene (TFE), vinylidene fluoride (VDF) and hexafluoropropylene (HFP) as well as perfluoromethylvinylether (PMVE) containing specialties. The fluorine content of the most common grades varies between 66 and 70%.
Also, some people do have sensitivities to their own sweat and oil if they are allowed to build up on the skin, say, under a rubber-like watch band. Have you worn other watches or bracelets/bands tight to your skin before?
 

Esoom

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Mine causes erectile dysfunction, will Apple pay for my Cialis?

Not to minimize your difficulties, OP. Sorry you're having problems. Sounds more like a sweat/yeast problem, can you wear it a bit looser and switch to the other wrist for a while? And I'd keep the area dry and apply a dab of anti fungal ointment see if it clears up.
 

dictoresno

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I have had my space grey 42mm apple watch sport with black sport band for a few days and I like it. However, it's causing allergy now. After I take it off my wrist, Part of my wrist, where there is the band, gets itchy. I get one or two pimples on my wrist. After I scratch the area, epidermis falls down. Do you guys have similar issues?
sounds more like you're oily and sweaty under your watch, causing the pimples. try loosening your watch strap and see what happens.
 
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lachero23

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Mine causes erectile dysfunction, will Apple pay for my Cialis?

Not to minimize your difficulties, OP. Sorry you're having problems. Sounds more like a sweat/yeast problem, can you wear it a bit looser and switch to the other wrist for a while? And I'd keep the area dry and apply a dab of anti fungal ointment see if it clears up.
Come on man. This is the SPORT model. You understand? This is what I use for sports and fitness. Sweat is inevitable. I'm not a little boy who treasure his electronic toys so much. If this is the SPORT band, it should deserve the SPORT name. This thing is even cheaper than the plastic watch bands that sell for less than 2 dollars. Even those bands don't cause such problems.
 

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Come on man. This is the SPORT model. You understand? This is what I use for sports and fitness. Sweat is inevitable. I'm not a little boy who treasure his electronic toys so much. If this is the SPORT band, it should deserve the SPORT name. This thing is even cheaper than the plastic watch bands that sell for less than 2 dollars. Even those bands don't cause such problems.
I am afraid you are in the minority so .........
 

lachero23

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I am afraid you are in the minority so .........
I'll go for a space black stainless steel one in newer models. Never a crappy sport band again. Actually this thing started to show signs of peeling off on the third day I wear it. Planning to buy a steel band from some Chinese websites
 

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It's probably because your wrist where the band is isn't getting enough air. An allergic reaction I would think would show up as more of a red rash. I don't use the watch for exercise but do have a sport band and where I live it's been in the 80s to low 100s. I don't wear mine tight during the day. Tight enough to have the sensors touching my skin and I will occasionally slide it up and down my wrist to change the position during the day. Also clean it and the back of the watch off with a damp paper towel. I can see some people though having a problem with bands (Apple or not) due to this or an allergy to something in the materials. We're all different and the vast majority aren't experiencing a problem. If you have a favorite watch band you wear that doesn't cause you a problem and one that is on lugs, you can always buy an adapter and use it on the watch. I've bought a few adapters have gone that route. I have a black 2-piece nylon zulu strap band that I consider sporty that I decided to use instead of picking up a black sport band. I find it comfortable. Even with this though I still move it occasionally on my wrist and wipe my wrist/watch down during hot days.

Do you think it's an allergy or your skin breaking out from not breathing well?

Just saw your last post and there have been people who have experienced peeling with a coating or something on some of the black sport bands. Most people don't seem to have that problem based on posts here of feedback. And no problems reported like this on the other colored bands, just the black. While you compared this band to the $2 plastic bands from China, that's really not a fair comparison. The material and feel is way nicer. You do know that almost everything is made in China these days so hard to use that as a debating point LOL.

I would tell Apple you are having an issue with the black band peeling. They should know this for quality control and I'm not sure but think people who posted about their issue might have had it exchanged out. If it's a coating issue, also possible you might be reacting to the coating. It sounds from posts on here that Apple has been pretty responsive to user issues.
 
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I'll go for a space black stainless steel one in newer models. Never a crappy sport band again. Actually this thing started to show signs of peeling off on the third day I wear it. Planning to buy a steel band from some Chinese websites
I had the space black link bracelet to begin with. My favorite is still the black or brown leather loop as far as comfort in adjustability. The link bracelet felt cheap compared to my Rolex band.
 

lachero23

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I had the space black link bracelet to begin with. My favorite is still the black or brown leather loop as far as comfort in adjustability. The link bracelet felt cheap compared to my Rolex band.
LOL. It's not fair to compare some mass-production product to a luxury watch though.
 

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I was getting rashes from higher model Fitbits (Force, Charge, and Surge). That's how I ended up with an Apple Watch. Haven't had any issues with this (42mm Sport). Fitbit support recommend me to try a larger model to allow the skin to breathe more, but it didn't help in my case.

Your band -- are you getting white deposits collecting on it? I saw a thread somewhere where users were saying they needed to just wipe the band down once a day and the white deposits (skin, bacteria, whatever) was addressed.
 

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I was getting rashes from higher model Fitbits (Force, Charge, and Surge). That's how I ended up with an Apple Watch. Haven't had any issues with this (42mm Sport). Fitbit support recommend me to try a larger model to allow the skin to breathe more, but it didn't help in my case.

Your band -- are you getting white deposits collecting on it? I saw a thread somewhere where users were saying they needed to just wipe the band down once a day and the white deposits (skin, bacteria, whatever) was addressed.

I saw this ABC7 news report in May on that Fitbit issue. Michael Finney put forth what they believe was the cause. I know Apple Watch doesn't have an exposed port like the Fitbit does, using the magnetic charger instead. Fitbit could have put the charger port on the side but I guess they thought that wouldn't have looked as nice or maybe there were design constraints preventing it. Here's a link to the story Seven on Your Side did since you brought it up: http://abc7news.com/technology/7-on-your-side-possible-cause-of-fitbit-rashes-uncovered/755787/
 
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