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Latex Allergy – Condom Allergy

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Latex Allergy – Condom Allergy


Latex is a substance derived from the rubber plant and is used for manufacturing various household products like rubber bands, sole of shoes, rubber toys and balloons. Latex is also used for making condoms.

Certain individuals are sensitive to the proteins present in latex and may develop allergic reaction when they come in contact with it. It is believed that one to six percent of the US population is allergic to latex.

Type of allergic reactions to latex

There are two major types of reaction to latex. They are:

Symptoms of latex allergy

The symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

Symptoms of delayed hypersensitivity include:

In case of allergy to condoms made of latex, following symptoms are usually observed:

Treatment of latex condom allergy

Before starting treatment, it is important to find out if the person is allergic to latex or the lubricant used in condoms. This can be found out by switching the brand of condoms. If it is found that the culprit behind the allergic reaction is latex in the condom, the patient can opt for condoms that are not made up of latex. These synthetic condoms are available in the market, although they are more expensive. One such synthetic condom is the one made up of polyurethane. It isbelieved that polyurethane condoms are thinner and are more effective in conducting body heat. Therefore they provide heightened sexual pleasure as compared to latex condoms. However, they tend to break more easily. Therefore, they are not as effective in preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Natural skin condoms made up of lambskin are also available in the market. However, they are too porous to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

Women who are allergic to latex condoms can opt for other methods of birth control like pills and IUDs. But again, barrier contraceptive is most effective against spread of STDs.

Anaphylactic reaction on exposure to latex is a medical emergency. Epinephrine injection, when given immediately, can prove to be life-saving.




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