Have you ever purchased a pair of earrings only to find that after a few hours (or minutes) of wearing them your ears are red, swollen and sore? The cause of the pain and irritation when wearing earrings is an allergic reaction to metal. Many metals are highly reactive with the human body and, unfortunately, jewelry companies continue to use the metals and label them "hypoallergenic earrings."

What does Hypoallergenic mean?