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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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What is the best and reliable condom to use if no allergy to latex?

What is the best and reliable condom to use if no allergy to latex?

Reliable condoms: If you are not allergic to latex, you have a big choice of brands, so pick up any brand they all work and they are equally safe. ...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


Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Can someone develop an allergy to latex condoms?

Can someone develop an allergy to latex condoms?

Yes: There are some that will have an allergic response to any latex product that comes in contact with the skin. Physicians and hospitals routinely stock non-latex equipment to avoid this reaction in their sensitive patients. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Shen Dr. Shen
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
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How do I know if I have an actual allergy to latex condoms?

How do I know if I have an actual  allergy to latex condoms?

Testing: Both contact patvh testing and type 1 immediate testing need to be done. Any allergist cqn do these. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Please tell me, could someone develop an allergy to latex condoms?

Yes: You can develop an allergy to latex, regardless of the item it is made into. Doctors and hospitals routinely keep non-latex gloves and other equipment available so they can treat patients with this problem. ...Read more

Dr. Luis Matos Dr. Matos
Integrative Medicine
41 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of an allergy to latex men's condoms in women?

Several types exist: You can develop immediate vaginal itching (contact urticaria), delayed blisters (contact dermatitis to latex or the chemical plasticizers), generalized hives/urticaria and in rare cases severe anaphylaxis. See an allergist to evaluate it further. ...Read more

Dr. Armen Kassabian Dr. Kassabian
Urology
17 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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What is an alternative method of condom protection when you have an allergy to latex?

Non-latex condoms: There are condoms that are not made of latex, particuarly polyurethane and lambskin. ...Read more

Dr. Miriam Sivkin Dr. Sivkin
Obstetrics & Gynecology
32 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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How can you tell if you are allergy to latex condoms without getting some rash?

How can you tell if you are allergy to latex condoms without getting some rash?

Different events: Allergies include not only rash but many other symptoms. Difficulty breathing, swelling of tissues are a few of the signs. ...Read more

Dr. Luis Matos Dr. Matos
Integrative Medicine
41 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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If you have an allergy to latex and use a latex paint in your house, are you allergic to the walls?

NO!!!: Latex paint does not have any rubber latex. It is called latex paint only because it looks like latex when it dries. Fumes from any paints are irritating when painting and soon after paint has dried. Especially to those with other respiratory problems like asthma. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick Dr. Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
13 years in practice
University of Nevada School of Medicine
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Could I have developed an allergy to latex from nursing school rotation?

Yes: Latex allergy tends to progress with time. Most hospitals have gone to latex-free gloves made of nitrile, but you can still get sensitized. Without being too graphic, to be truly sure if you are allergic to latex is simply if you have ever had intercourse using a latex condom. Please do not be insulted by this question, but it is a very valid way to find out. ...Read more

Dr. Lee Perry Dr. Perry
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
13 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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Can you develop allergy to latex?

Can you develop allergy to latex?

Yes: It is possible to develop allergy to latex, even in adulthood. Unfortunately, the testing for establishing a diagnosis is not as accurate as other allergy tests. ...Read more

Dr. Douglas Lotz Dr. Lotz
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
13 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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Can someone develop an allergy to latex?

Can someone develop an allergy to latex?

Yes: Latex allergy does occur and can range in severity from a contact dermatitis/rash to anaphylaxis. If you think you may have a latex allergy, you should discuss this with your pmd or a board certified allergist. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Machtinger Dr. Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
40 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Can someone develop an allergy to latex later in life?

Yes: It's hard to get latex allergy. Nurses develop eczema or contact dermatitis after using latex gloves for years. Later anaphylaxis, severe life-endangering form of allergy, occurs if latex contacts a mucosal surface - like a balloon in your mouth - or during surgery when the surgeon's gloves touches the inside of the body. Kids get it if they require multiple catheterizations for neurogenic bladder. ...Read more

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Dr. Luis Matos Dr. Matos
Integrative Medicine
41 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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How can you tell if you have an allergy to latex gloves?

How can you tell if you have an allergy to latex gloves?

Symptoms & Testing: Immediate itching or hives when wearing them a short while suggests contact urticaria. Intense itching and/or blisters the next day or hours after wearing gloves suggests contact dermatitis. You would have noticed if you had urticaria/hives/wheezing/ total body itching/ dizziness and and even drop in blood pressure can occur when being around powdered latex gloves when in use. See an allergist. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman Dr. Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
49 years in practice
Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (Temple University)
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I have a low allergy to latex, can I still wear the orthodontic bands used to fix overbite?

I have a low allergy to latex, can I still wear the orthodontic bands used to fix overbite?

How do you know?: Is your "low allergy" diagnosed solely from you anecdotal history, or have you been tested by a qualified allergist? True latex allergy is not very common. You may have adverse reaction to powder in the gloves rather than the latex. Your orthodontic specialist can provide you with non-latex elastics. Would be best to have allergist evaluate you. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Can a child develop an allergy to latex very early on?

Can a child develop an allergy to latex very early on?

Yes: Latex allergy can develop anytime provide the right clinical exposures and symptoms develop. ...Read more

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Dr. Luis Matos Dr. Matos
Integrative Medicine
41 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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Can a child develop an allergy to latex if never wore latex gloves?

Can a child develop an allergy to latex if never wore latex gloves?

Yes: Children which wear or require frequent elastic bandages, require latex catheters, use latex bottle nipples can frequently develop latex allergy. Also if they are handled by care takers who frequently use latex gloves, they are at greater risk of developing latex allergy. You should not use powdered gloves with corn starch. Inhaling the latex which has adsorbed to the powder also contributes. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Steven Dr. Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
26 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Will an allergy to latex rubber or any rubber products ever go away?

Will an allergy to latex rubber or any rubber products ever go away?

Probably not: Latex allergy can be very tenacious, but the severity of allergic symptoms typically decreases as the allergen is strictly avoided for months or years. However, even if your allergic symptoms don't come back with occasional, mild exposures to latex proteins, it is likely that if you re-expose yourself to latex proteins repeatedly in large amounts, all of your latex allergy symptoms may return. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay Dr. Clay
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
6 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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I have an allergy to latex. Is there a sublingual option for antihistamines or maybe an injection available? Please let me know.

I have an allergy to latex. Is there a sublingual option for antihistamines or maybe an injection available? Please let me know.

No: There are no sublingual antihistamine or injected emergency forms. Recommend seeing an Allergist to better characterize the nature/severity of Allergy and to determine if you should be carrying an epipen for safety purposes. Know that if severe, you will do well to avoid live poinsettia plants during the holiday season. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is fastest acting, but sedating. Zyrtec provides longer lasting effec ...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