Well folks, I wasn’t going to write about this on my blog, but my family encouraged me to warn others about what I’m “going through.” I’m trying to make light of this, but it actually really sucks. (So eloquent)
No, I’m not going to reveal the nail polish brand (out of courtesy), but I will say it’s one I’ve never used before, and the colors were scarlet (fingernails) and berry (toenails). Though I’ve read about red pigment and its connection to allergies/irritation, I’m not certain that’s the case.
I consider myself to have somewhat sensitive skin, but never in my life have I had reactions to nail polish. I’ve used brands from Zoya, Essie, L’Oreal, Revlon, Milani, China Glaze, MAC, OPI, you name it, I’ve probably used it with no problems at all.
That’s why I was so surprised to discover that I got hives on my hands and feet. I’m going to spare you the photos …
This has been going on for a couple of days now, and I’m not going to lie – it’s incredibly frustrating. I get splotches of redness around the affected areas, and my hands and feet start itching like crazy. I’ve been on a steady rotation of Benadryl (and subsequently pass out from it, because it makes you drowsy).
What I Did
The following are my tips on dealing with a mild allergic reaction to nail polish. Clearly, I’m not a doctor, but this is what I was advised to do in my particular case:
- Take it off. Every trace of that polish be damned.
- Pop some sort of antihistamine, like Benadryl. Benadryl and I are now buddies. This is not a sponsored post, it’s simply what I had available at home.
- Use a hydrocortisone cream. Apply it generously to the affected areas – this relieves the itch. Wow, how sexy is this post?
- Don’t wear nail polish for a while. Actually, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to wear nail polish ever again (not the end of the world, but still). I’ve heard differing accounts.
- Wait it out. This can last anywhere from minutes, to hours, to in my case – days.
It’s been a few days now and I’m still reacting to it, likely because there are still bits of the polish that simply won’t come off. When I try removing the polish with remover, my feet swell. Cute.
Let this serve as a warning to test nail polish like you would test hair dye.