Symptoms of allergy to condoms
Manifestations, that is, allergy symptoms to condoms, can be varied. As a rule, these are local reactions - a feeling of burning, discomfort, irritation on the mucous in the place of contact with polyurethane, abundant discharge and swelling of mucous membranes, redness, as well as general reactions in the form of dermatitis, coughing attacks . Sometimes attacks of allergy to latex mask the signs of sexually transmitted diseases. It should be remembered: if allergic symptoms continue to build up after contact with the allergen is interrupted, the condition does not improve for several days, frequent urination or unusual odor of discharge appears - this is an occasion for immediate medical attention.
Not always polyurethane is the only culprit of allergic episodes - quite often there is an allergy to condom lubrication, which consists of synthetic components. In the market of condoms there are several types of lubricants - silicone, polyethylene glycol, water-based lubricants, can be added spermicide (nonoxenol 9). The most common cases of allergy to lubrication are allergic to nonoxenol, which is part of the lubricant. This drug damages not only the membrane of the sperm, but also destroys the cells of the vaginal mucosa, causing massive microscopic cell damage.
Thus, allergy to a condom in women can have a complex component - it's allergy to latex, and an allergy to some kind of lubricant, and an allergy to spermicide. Regardless of the reasons, almost allergic manifestations in women will begin with discharge, discomfort, edema, as well as with infection. With the accumulation of an allergen, dermatitis, rhinitis, lacrimation and dyspnea may occur . It should be noted that the development of allergic reactions to a condom in pregnant women is rare, probably because of the special condition of the immune system during pregnancy. To clarify the type of allergy, you should conduct allergic tests (as the contact field can act as skin, and any readily accessible surfaces of mucous membranes, for example, the oral cavity).
Increasingly, there is an allergy to condoms in men, the symptoms of which are similar to the symptoms of infection. In the case of manifestations of allergy in men, redness, swelling, dermatitis, rhinitis, lacrimation, sneezing, suffocation, coughing should be noted. Erection can be much harder. In case of suspected allergy to a condom, men should be excluded from allergic to sperm. As allergens for men can act the same polyurethane (as a derivative of vegetable raw materials), lubricants and their components. The manifestation of the immune response will depend on the aggressiveness of the constituent lubricants, microdamage on the mucous member greatly accelerate the process of formation of the immune response.