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Can You Be Allergic To Ky Jelly
What could cause you to be allergic to the lubricant in a condom or can you be allergic to condom lubricants?
Yes, contact allergy: Bees wax can cause contact allergy, usually due to a component named propolis or bee glue. Propolis is derived from tree resins and contains known contact allergens (allergy causing substances) such as cinnamic acid, vanillin, components of balsam of peru. Patch tesing by a dermatologist would clarify which allergens are involved and what to avoid in the future. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
KY jelly: It is more likely that you can get irritation from the jell but not allergy to it although it is not impossible. ...Read more
K-Y allergy: If you can be more specific of what your symptoms are, it would be easier to see if it is really an allergic reaction. In general, you can develop allergies or an allergic reaction to a variety of substances that are otherwise harmless. Most of the time, it is more likely that you get local irritations to k-y jell because of its various chemical components. ...Read more
Sperm allergy: Absolutely. Allergic reactions during intercourse are well described whether from sperm, spermicide or latex condoms. While vaginal and perivaginal itching is a frequent complaint, there have been reports of anaphylaxis. Successful treatment can consist of use of various barrier devices like condoms, pretreatment with various topical meds and/or immunotherapy with the allergenic sperm protein. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes.: But it is more common to have a problem only with raw apple, particularly the peeling, due to oral allergy syndrome. This is caused by an allergy to birch tree pollen. Some of the proteins in the apple peel are similar enough to birch tree pollen proteins to cause a "cross reaction." usually this causes only mouth and throat symptoms. Talk to your allergist for more info. ...Read more
Unlikely: Typically a person develops an allergic response to an airborne allergen that contacts the moist surface of the eyes. While the tears contain multiple proteins that are cytokines, mediators, and inhibitors, a person does not become allergic to these substances. It's the pollen, dander, mold, etc that is the allergic trigger. ...Read more