Those allergic to cheap metal have a terrible time with everything from jewelry to jeans with metal buttons. They even have problems with accessories others take for granted including ordinary belts. When the metal comes in contact with the skin, it ends up red and blistered. The skin begins to peel, and the area becomes increasingly painful as the skin flakes away. Belts for people allergic to metal have to be treated if they have metal buckles, or they cannot include buckles at all.
A Teen Allergic to Metal
My son is allergic to metal, and the buckles on his belts and the buttons on his jeans cause what looks like second degree burns and bruises on his abdomen. It results in red patchy areas of skin that never completely heal. My ex husband repeatedly scolded my son because the top of his boxers were sometimes visible, and he did not care that my son was allergic to metal. My son had to wear his pants a little lower to keep the snaps of his pants and the buckles on his belts from coming in contact with his skin.
Because of the continual harassment and intolerance of the situation, I looked for alternate ways to help alleviate the problem my son has with metal buckles and snaps. People allergic to metal can still wear belts, and the following clever options will help those with skin allergies keep their pants from sliding down. These ideas will also help prevent criticism from people that do not understand. Not all people wearing their pants a little lower are trying to make a fashion statement. Some might have a painful skin allergy caused by cheap metal.
Coat the Buckles on Belts for People Allergic to Cheap Metal
A clear coating creates a barrier between metal and skin, and this is a good solution for people allergic to the metal buckles on their belts. Coat the buckles on all belts with at least two coats of clear enamel. Fingernail polish works very well since the brush is just the right size. Cover the metal completely, and after the first coat is completely dry, apply another layer of protection. Fingernail polish will eventually wear off, but until this happens it will provide protection for people allergic to metal. Best of all, the metal buckles will look exactly as they did before they were coated with clear nail polish.
Cover the Buckles with Strips of Clear Box Tape
Clear box tape also works very well to create a layer of protection between the metal and the skin. Cut box tape into strips, and use the strips to completely cover the metallic material that comes in contact with the skin. Since box tape is strong it will remain in place. If should happen to begin coming off, simply remove it and wrap it again. When people in the family are allergic to metal, keep a roll of box tape on hand especially for wrapping the buckles of their belts.
In addition, read the article entitled A Skin Allergy to Nickel: Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions. It provides helpful tips on preventing snaps and buttons on pants and other clothing from coming in contact with the skin.
People Allergic to Buckles Can Use a Simple Shoestring
Belts without buckles are not easy to find. People allergic to cheap metallic material often use alternate ways to keep their pants from slipping down. A long shoestring works very well to hold up a pair of jeans.
My son uses shoestrings since he is allergic to the buckles on his pants, and they look fine. When I buy a new pair of shoes they usually come with an extra pair of laces, and he uses them for belts. His shirts are not tucked in anyway, and people are not likely to even notice the improvised belts he wears.
Try Macramé Belts for People Allergic to Buckles
Back in the 80’s macramé belts were in style, and they can still be found online. Instructions for making macramé belts are also available, and they are perfect for people allergic to cheap metallic materials. Consider macramé belts that tie for women or girls allergic to metal and macramé belts with plastic or wooden buckles for guys with skin allergies. They are available in many different styles, and they will completely eliminate the need for wrapping or coating the material used to manufacture the buckles on typical belts.