Sex is tasty and healthy. However, an allergy can seriously ruin sex. Afterwards the sex is not so good anymore. And an allergic reaction to the condom, lubricant or even sperm does not feel very healthy either. Different sex allergies at a glance.
It may sound strange and is not common, but there is an allergy to sperm. After sexual intercourse you may experience local swelling and itching, asthma or even anaphylactic shock. The allergic reaction occurs through contact with certain proteins in the seminal fluid.
By not having sex or having the man come outside the vagina, you can prevent the allergic reaction. A condom often helps, but not always. Antihistamines can also be used.
The allergic reaction can possibly be prevented with hyposensitization. A doctor then administers small amounts of sperm from the partner for a longer period of time. This slowly makes you immune to the allergen.
In addition to sperm, there is also an allergy to vaginal fluid. This is usually expressed in a rash on the penis. This sensitivity is also rare.
Do you suffer from a harrowing feeling or itching after using a condom? And does the skin sometimes become red, swollen or hypersensitive? Then you may be allergic. There are different types of allergies that are associated with condom use.
Some people are hypersensitive to rubber or latex. You usually react allergically to the proteins in the latex juice. Common symptoms include watery eyes, sneezing, respiratory problems, irritated and itchy skin and unnatural swelling of the penis or labia. Anaphylactic shock itself is possible. The reaction often occurs within a few minutes to hours.
You have two types of latex allergies: type I and type IV. With type I, the allergic reaction occurs quickly, usually within an hour. Type IV often arises after prolonged exposure to the allergen: you often get symptoms for a few hours and sometimes even days after contact.
A latex allergy is also often associated with allergies to tropical fruits: a cross reaction. Are you allergic? Then there is a good chance that you are also sensitive to banana, avocado, kiwi and chestnut.
Do you think you have a latex allergy? Then a latex-free condom can offer a solution. Just like a lamb’s condom or female condom.
A severe reaction to a condom does not necessarily mean a latex allergy. You may also be sensitive to rubber additives, fragrances and flavors, colorants, preservatives or the lubricant on the condom. In addition to a female condom or latex-free condom, you can also try another brand. The composition of latex and other substances can differ per brand.
Neutral lubricants are well tolerated by most people, but you may still be sensitive to a certain component. If you respond to the lubricant of a condom, it is difficult to find out what you are responding to. It is then smart to try different condom brands or choose a dry condom.
Some lubricants contain extras such as spermicides, flavorings or fragrances or ingredients that stimulate or slow down. These added agents more often cause hypersensitivity reactions. You may suffer from irritated mucous membranes (itching, redness, discharge), wounds, inflammation and urinary tract and fungal infections.
You might not think about it that quickly, but through physical contact you can also transmit other allergens. Via kissing, vaginal fluid and sperm, components from foods or medicines that you are allergic to can be transferred. Consider, for example, nuts, aspirin or antibiotics. With an allergy to this you are often very sensitive.
Complaints after sex do not necessarily have to be an allergic reaction. It is also quite possible that there is another cause, such as a sexually transmitted disease. In case of complaints it is therefore always good to contact your doctor.
HOW CAN ALLERGIC REACTIONS BE PREVENTED?
When you visit the doctor (hospital, doctor or dentist), always tell us that you are allergic to latex. It is especially important for treatment by the dentist, for internal examination (anus, vagina) and for surgery that the caregivers use latex-free gloves. Therefore always carry a medical passport or a medical alert token with the mention that you are allergic to latex. Always keep this brochure with you and show it to the dentist and the doctor.
Patients with a latex allergy should avoid latex products as much as possible. Naturally, gloves used by the patient or the caregiver must also be latex-free. Here you can choose from 4 types of materials:
- vinyl (polyvinyl chloride / PVC),
- nitrile (acrylonitrile-butadiene),
- SB copolymer and
- neoprene (polychloroprene).
Suitable gloves include those of the following brands:
- surgical gloves (sterile):
– made from SB copolymer: Allergard, Elastyren, Tactylon
- examination gloves (non-sterile):
– made from neoprene: Biogel Neotech, Derma Prene, Duraprene, Neolon.
-Made from vinyl: very many brands.
Nitrile and possibly the aforementioned surgical gloves in the non-sterile version.
- household gloves:
-You can use vinyl gloves for this. Examples of brands are: Sempersoft and the Marigold vinyl gloves.
Condoms must be latex-free. These are made of polyurethane and are sold under the name Avanti or eZon (pronounced “easy on”). The female condom of the Femidon brand is made of polyurethane and is therefore safe for latex-allergic women and allergic partners of women who have a wear female condom.
ARE THERE OTHER MATERIALS I SHOULD AVOID?
About half of all people who are allergic to latex are the same for some tropical fruits such as banana, kiwi and avocado, and for sweet chestnut. Eating it may cause itching of the lips, mouth and throat, sometimes with swelling, swollen throat, tightness and itching in the ears. More intense reactions with abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and hives can also occur over the entire body. Also be aware of hidden sources of tropical fruit such as in cakes, ice cream, and cosmetics such as beauty masks and shampoos. Less often other types of fruit can also cause problems for people who are allergic to latex: melon, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, nectarine, apricot and peach. You can determine any allergies for this by rubbing the inside of the lip with a small piece of fresh fruit. If itching, swelling or a tingling sensation develops within fifteen minutes, you are allergic to it.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH PRODUCTS ARE SAFE?
Because almost no other materials are as elastic as latex, there is a good chance that products that are highly elastic contain latex. Unfortunately, that is rarely to be determined with certainty. Also contact with latex-containing products does not always have to give rise to complaints; yet it seems wise to avoid contact with it as much as possible.
Solid latex products such as car tires, shock absorbers, bicycle tires, electric cables and handles do not cause latex allergies. Latex wall paint does not contain latex natural rubber and is therefore completely safe for the patient with a latex allergy.