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How long does an allergic reaction from a latex condom usually last for? And, what are the symptoms of it? Can it be dangerous?

How long does an allergic reaction from a latex condom usually last for? And, what are the symptoms of it? Can it be dangerous?

Different: It can be different for different patients. Some will just have a rash and other patients will have trouble breathing and almost die. Please see allergist or dermatologist for treatment. ...Read more

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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For how long can an allergic reaction to condoms or lubricates last?

For how long can an allergic reaction to condoms or lubricates last?

Days: Length of reaction to a single exposure would likely be days. If true allergy, would be expected to recur with greater severity. Try non-latex condom? ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of my girlfriend having an allergic reaction to latex condoms?

It is possible: If u think that is the case then use lambskin ones and make sure it wasn't from spermacise if that was in the condom, because spermacide can be very irritating. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to latex condom. What are my options?

Allergic reaction to latex condom. What are my options?

Sheep skin: Sheep skin condoms should be ok, no latex, but they may break. ...Read more

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About 7 years ago I had an allergic reaction to Latex during a dentist appointment. Would I still be allergic today? I want to use Latex Condoms.

About 7 years ago I had an allergic reaction to Latex during a dentist appointment. Would I still be allergic today? I want to use Latex Condoms.

Maybe OK, but...: Prople often outgrow allergies. The only way to know is to be exposed and see what happens. Or use polyurethane condoms, which many people prefer anyway (thinner, more sensitive). Or you cut a half inch square from a latex condom, and put it on your skin (e.g. abdomen) for a few hours, taped in place, and see if you react (redness, itching, etc). ...Read more

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What happens if you don't treat a latex condom allergic reaction?

Latex condom allergy: The original allergic reaction can last a lot longer without treatment.
Any further exposure to latex or latex condom becomes more severe with each successive exposure. It is wise to see an allergist about the latex allergy for future prevention. ...Read more

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What can be used to stop the symptoms of a latex condom allergic reaction?

What can be used to stop the symptoms of a latex condom allergic reaction?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Cream, spray, or oral pills. If severe, see your doctor. Use nitrile condoms next time (but please always use a condom). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a latex condom allergic reaction/allergy and how should it be treated?

Localized: Most commonly, latex allergies are localized to where the latex touches your skin, so in the case of a condom, your penis would become inflamed, possible swelling, red, possibly itchy, and may get bumps from the local reaction. In sever cases, your whole body could have a reaction and you could get short of breath, etc. Local tx for first, emergent for the serious reaction. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can you tell allergic reaction from anxiety with latex condoms or non latex?

Usually: You will have to let us know what kinds of symptoms you develop. Latex allergy usually involves the area in contact with it with or without other systemic reactions. ...Read more

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Girlfriend allergic to latex are non latex really safe for me and her or will cause allergic reaction what about polyurathsne and the skyns condom?

Girlfriend allergic to latex are non latex really safe for me and her or will cause allergic reaction what about polyurathsne and the skyns condom?

Latex allergies...: Latex is a plastic and has chemical stabilizers, so is not just a single ingredient. One may not know which ingredient (s) in latex items she is allergic to. That means one can't be sure that all "non-latex" items won't cause a reaction. The polyurethane and synthetic condoms can be presumed safe from latex allergies, and protect agaisnt STD's. The natural "lamb" ones may have less STD protection. ...Read more

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Can you have an allergic reaction to liquid latex, but be fine with condoms? Because condoms are made of latex as well, I was wondering whether this could happen. And if so why?

Can you have an allergic reaction to liquid latex, but be fine with condoms? Because condoms are made of latex as well, I was wondering whether this could happen. And if so why?

Latex allergies: There is variability in various forms of latex. Some forms of latex are more allergenic than others. While you seem to be ok with condoms, it is always possible to develop a serious reaction to this form of latex as well. ...Read more

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Other then benadryl (diphenhydramine)... What can be used for a latex condom allergic reaction?

Other then benadryl (diphenhydramine)... What can be used for a latex condom allergic reaction?

Latex allergy: Be sure you do not get further exposure to latex, as another reaction may be quite severe. Depending on where the reaction is, you may try topical 1% Hydrocortisone cream you can purchase at your pharmacy. ...Read more

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What type of vaginal cream can you use for a latex condom allergic reaction?

No latex condom: There is no specific cream for latex allergic people. The only way to avoid a reaction is to avoid exposure to latex and use only non-latex condom. Do note that lamb skin condom does not present std transmission. ...Read more

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What should I do if the hives/rash/bumps don't go away from the latex condom allergic reaction?

May need meds: You may need an evaluation and possible medication (s) to help you "jump start" the healing process. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Possible to have latex condom allergic reaction (rash/dry/slight itch) 12-24 hours after sex every time, if no reaction after masturbation w condom b4?

Possible to have latex condom allergic reaction (rash/dry/slight itch) 12-24 hours after sex every time, if no reaction after masturbation w condom b4?

Latex allergy: You are exhibiting symptoms of latex allergy, and yes they can be secondary to condom use. You should use sheep skin condoms to avoid contact with latex, but careful they break easily. ...Read more

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What could I do if I caught an allergic reaction to a condom?

What could I do if I caught an allergic reaction to a condom?

Please Clarify: You cannot catch an allergy to a condom. You can develop a latex allergy which can result in rash, itching, swelling, hives, or even anaphylaxis after exposure to a condom. If this is the case use polyurethane condoms until you can be tested by an allergist to see if this is really the problem. ...Read more

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Will allergic reaction to condom cause tiny clumps in disharge?

Probably not: Such an allergy usually would cause itching or redness around/on the penis. Sometimes little bumps as well. If you have any burning or pain with urination or ejaculation, you should let your dr. Check you. Of course you could first try a "natural, non-latex " condom and if the clumps go away it probably was from the latex. ...Read more

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How to get rid of allergic reaction to condoms?

Hydrocortisone: Topical steroid creams such as Hydrocortisone 1% cream can be tried for at most 1 week to treat minor contact dermatitis to latex from condoms. Non-latex condoms can be used to prevent future reactions. Consult a dermatologist if rash is not improving. ...Read more

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How to treat an allergic reaction to spermicide condom?

Avoid and meds: Most allergic reactions if mild can be treated with antihistamines. If the allergic reaction is more significant, then corticosteroids (creams or tabs) may be helpful. It would be useful to know if the reaction was from latex or the spermicide in an effort to prevent future reactions. An allergist can assist in this endeavor. ...Read more

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No smell before sex with condom then during sex strong smell and after is swelling and pain? Is this normal for allergic reaction to condom?

No smell before sex with condom then during sex strong smell and after is swelling and pain? Is this normal for allergic reaction to condom?

Maybe.: It depends. Always get checked for an infection, even though condoms were used, nothing is foolproof. Also, you may be reacting to lubricants, soap, fragrances, lotions etc. See a doc to help sort this out for sure. ...Read more

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I have vaginal burning, along with soreness for a couple of days now. It happens whenever I use lubricated condoms. Is this an allergic reaction?

Latex allergy: Yes, you might very well be describing either a latex allergy or an allergic reaction to lubricant. See what happens when you use non-latex condom or find same brand/type but w/o lubrication. Once you find one you like, keep a box handy so that you won't have a reaction from some other brand. If you need some lubrication, there are many water-based ones available. Again, find one that you like. ...Read more

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Dr. Says I don't have an STD but a allergic reaction to a condom the rash goes and comes is there anything I can use for it to completely go away?

Dr. Says I don't have an STD but a allergic reaction to a condom the rash goes and comes is there anything I can use for it to completely go away?

Go back to doctor: Of seek a second opinion. Steroid creams should be effective in eliminating this if it is truly an allergic phenomenon and you have stopped using that particular type of condom. This must be seen to be diagnosed correctly, but something sounds strange. ...Read more

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My vagina feels weird uncomfortable and irritated this feeling has been going on for a week now since I had sex with condom is it allergic reaction??

My vagina feels weird uncomfortable and irritated this feeling has been going on for a week now since I had sex with condom is it allergic reaction??

Its possible...: It could be an allergic reaction. It could also feel irritated due to friction/poor lubrication. Infection is another possibility. If the irritated feeling persists, you should see a Gyn and have it checked out. Best wishes! ...Read more

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My bf got red pin point bumps on the head of his penis. Is it an allergic reaction the the condom or is it an std?

My bf got red pin point bumps on the head of his penis. Is it an allergic reaction the the condom or is it an std?

Asked and answered: It is not an STD. None would show up this quickly and he wore a condom. Your question has been accurately answered! ...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. 3. Latex ...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