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How Long Can An Allergic Reaction To Latex Condoms 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various Options: An immediate reaction to latex should be treated with antihistamines like Zyrtec or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and epinephrine injection if more severe symptoms develop. If you have a localized rash to an adhesive then this is likely an irritant reaction and will go away soon after removing the product. Topical steroid creams can help resolve rash sooner. ...Read more
Less than one week: Typically, hives due to a medication will last for only a few days; two weeks tops. Medications that stay in the body for a few days could cause longer reactions. Adverse reactions to medications should always been discussed with and shown to the prescribing physician, so that the true cause is identified, and your chart is marked so you aren't given that medication again in the future. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Antibiotic allergy: Antibiotic allergies can clear up in a day or last up to six months. Fortunately, most resolve relatively quickly, over a few days. We do not yet know why some persist for a long time and require strong medications like oral steroids (e.g. Prednisone) in order to settle down. ...Read more
Vaccine reactions: The duration of an allergic reaction to a vaccine depends on the type of allergic reaction and on the person having the reaction. Reactions like classic allergies, ie hives or "urticaria" may last a few days, whereas those that are more serum sickness-like, with joint pains, sometimes last longer, like weeks or months, and require treatment with steroids. Most reactions are short-lived. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on where the swelling is located. If you had a severe allergic episode, swelling in mucous membranes can sometimes last several days. ...Read more
Allergic reactions: Food allergic reactions typically begin within 30 munutes of an ingestion and typically peak at about 30 minutes after they begin. The reaction may be short lived, lasting only a few hours (typical) or long-last; possibly for days (rare). ...Read more
72-96 hours: The usual time period is 72-96 hours after exposure although more vigorous reactions can happen sooner. ...Read more
Avoidance: If one is allergic to penicillin then avoidance of penicillin like medications is a requirement. Other classes of antibiotics should be fine but because an individual has one drug allergy they may be at risk for reactions to other classes of drugs. One should also be very clear that moving forward that antibiotics are needed. ...Read more
Avoid it: Once you are sensitized to latex, it is unlikely you can get rid of your allergy. You need to avoid exposure to it. Most exposure is in medical facilities but some common day items also have latex such as underwear and shoes. Always wear cotton underwear and avoid direct contact with latex, such as condoms, balloons, etc. ...Read more
This is uncommon: Antihistamines are used to treat allergic reactions. Unfortunately, some people have adverse reactions to antihistamines, but these reactions are not true allergic reactions. They can include drowsiness, dry mouth, GI upset, etc. Thankfully, there are many antihistamines to choose from so their are options. Sometimes, it may not be the antihistamine itself but another ingredient like a dye. ...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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