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Apparently I have a severe latex allergy. So what condoms can I use if gay?

Apparently I have a severe latex allergy. So what condoms can I use if gay?

Natural ones: There are natural, and other condoms clearly labeled "do not contain latex". Just look carefully on the box. ...Read more

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Condoms (Definition)

These are mostly closed end tubes of latex and occasionally other materials to cover the penis during intercourse and prevent pregnancy and disease transmission. A wise person uses them when the history of their partner is unknown. There are some available for women's use ...Read more


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Can you be allergic to condoms but not due to a latex allergy?

Yes: Most codoms have a lubricant which you could be reacting to. Some condoms are latex free, try this type to see if they cause any problem. ...Read more

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Latex allergy symptoms. What all does that apply to? Condoms, gloves ?

Latex: There are different degrees of latex allergies as well as different types of responses. If your response is severe or bothersome you must avoid these items. ...Read more

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Can I have a latex allergy and not react to condoms? But react to other latex?

Yes and No: There are condoms that are not made of latex, particuarly polyurethane and lambskin. If you have a latex allergy, you will react to all other latex. ...Read more

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Can I have a latex allergy and not react to latex condom?

Can I have a latex allergy and not react to latex condom?

Yes: But if you know you are allergic to latex condoms, you should not use them. There are other types of condoms made out of non latex material. ...Read more

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I know for the depo shot it's a 0.3% failure rate . What causes that failure rate ? Because I really dislike condoms I have a latex allergy

I know for the depo shot it's a 0.3% failure rate . What causes that failure rate ? Because I really dislike condoms I have a latex allergy

Usually human error: No one is perfect, and with typical use of a product, there may be a delay in getting the next injection, women are not the same size, and a standard dose may not be adequate for someone with morbid obesity, or the medication may not have been stored under idea conditions. For a comparison of typical use and perfect use results of different contraceptives: http://youngwomenshealth.org/2009/11/03/success-and-failure-rates-of-contraceptives/ ...Read more

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What is the best condom if latex allergy?

What is the best condom if latex allergy?

Condom: Use non-latex condoms. These are available in either polyurethane or lambskin composition. ...Read more

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Are there condoms that are latex free if I have a latex allergy?

Are there condoms that are latex free if I have a latex allergy?

Yes, 2 types: There are 2 kinds of condoms that are not made from latex: 1) "skins" or natural condoms that are actually made from lamb intestines and 2) synthetic condoms made from polyurethane or polyisoprene. Natural condoms protect against pregnancy but do not prevent the spread of stds. The synthetic condoms can help prevent pregnancy and stds as well as latex condoms do. ...Read more

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Latex allergy and chance of condom issues? Should I buy a bunch of condoms and try them?

Yes: There are nonlatex synthetic condoms made of polyurethane and also lambskin. If you have a latex allergy, do not use latex condoms. ...Read more

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Are polyisoprene surgical gloves safe for me to use if I have a severe latex allergy?

Entirely safe: Plastics like polyisoprene and others are unrelated to latex and entirely safe in latex allergy. It's exactly the kind of glove you should be using. ...Read more

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If I have a severe latex allergy... Hasn't been anaphylactic yet. If my throat gets itchy or I start coughing should I use epi?

Probably not: I would reserve the Epi for situation wherein you have problem breathing , choking, or fainting. If you have asthma, use the rescue inhaler first but if the asthma die not respond to even 4 puffs of the medication and you are really having trouble breathing then an Epi is not out of the question. (call 911 also) ...Read more

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I've been on 20mg/day of prednisone for the past 12 years for a severe latex allergy. Can I ever discontinue the use of this drug?

I've been on 20mg/day of prednisone for the past 12 years for a severe latex allergy. Can I ever discontinue the use of this drug?

Probably not..: Since you have been on it at a significant dosage for so long, your adrenal glands are likely "suppressed", probably permanently by this time. So, my gues is that your chance of going off this medicine totally is rather low. Maybe you can lower the dose, but you should consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a latex allergy when I have a reaction, should use epipen if i have a rash and hives and itchiness on my face? Or try Benadryl (diphenhydramine)? No SOB

I have a latex allergy when I have a reaction, should use epipen if i have a rash and hives and itchiness on my face? Or try Benadryl (diphenhydramine)? No SOB

NO and NO: Since you do not get anaphylaxis, you should not use epi. Why do you have it? Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a sleeping pill and not a good antihistamine. Cetirizine [Zyrtec] is superior and not likely to make you sleepy. Sometimes people take 2 or 3 but usually 1 pill lasts all day. ...Read more

Latex (Definition)

1. The colorless or milky sap of certain plants, such as the poinsettia or milkweed, that coagulates on exposure to air. 2. An emulsion of rubber or plastic globules in water, used in paints, adhesives, and various synthetic rubber products. ...Read more


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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more