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Apparently I Have A Severe Latex Allergy So What Condoms Can I Use If Gay
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
Yes: Yes...Condom use does not cause a latex allergy. ...Read more
Can you be allergic to condoms but not have a latex allergy? What else in condoms can (often?) cause allergy?
Yes: The spermicidal in the condom may also cause irritation. ...Read more
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
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
I think I have a latex allergy. After i had sex with a condom, my vagina became very swollen and is still swollen hours later. What should I do?
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
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
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
I have a life threatening type 1 latex allergy. Are polyisoprene surgical gloves safe for me to use? I know they have a similar chemical formula.
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
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
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