TedTAce
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Allergic To Latex?!?! How Do You Know?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 10:42 am

I was reading a thread elsewhere when it was mentioned about rubber turning brittle, and for some WEIRD reason this subject came to mind. I am not Allergic to Latex, but I once (before my married days) had a one time fling with a girl who didn't call me for a few days afterwards... She eventually 'fessed up and stated the reason she didn't call me at first was that even though we had used the requisite condom, she had gotten a rash and itchyness. She decided to call her doc and get tested, and found out she was allergic to latex.

I'm wondering if anyone else discovered this allergy and what they do about it if they are still single?
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DfwRevolution
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RE: Allergic To Latex?!?! How Do You Know?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 10:46 am

>> I'm wondering if anyone else discovered this allergy and what they do about it if they are still single?

It's just like any allergy. You wind up with some repeated irritations and you trace it back what you've come in contact with.

Outside the world of condoms, there are actually a large number of people allergic to latex. So much so, that many dentist offices, EMS units, doctors, and nurses use non-latex examination gloves to sidestep any potential reactions. You may have seen the solid blue/purple "Ny-Dex" gloves in some doctors' offices. I know a guy who works for Spring Air (the matress people) and they have been selling latex-free matresses for some time.
 
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RE: Allergic To Latex?!?! How Do You Know?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 10:49 am

Quoting TedTAce (Thread starter):

I'm wondering if anyone else discovered this allergy and what they do about it if they are still single?

Ted, I guess they'd have to refrain from having sex!!!  rotfl  Dam, I'm laughing so hard I can't answer this part!!! ha ha

Just kidding, I am allergic to latex.....and the powder on it. So I just make sure that any product I use on my skin is "rubber"... I also have to be careful what type of bandaids I use as some of them have latex in them.

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RE: Allergic To Latex?!?! How Do You Know?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 10:51 am

Quoting TedTAce (Thread starter):
She eventually 'fessed up and stated the reason she didn't call me at first was that even though we had used the requisite condom, she had gotten a rash and itchyness.

Ted, much as I like you, there are certain parts of your personal history that I could stand not to know...  vomit 


I think allergic reactions to latex end up looking a lot like contact burns. Back when I made wetsuits, we got a call from a dude who had a nasty break-out all over his groin that he blamed on a suit he bought from us. Well, there's no latex in neoprene... and it turned out that what he had was poison ivy. I didn't want to know how he got it where he did.  eyepopping 
 
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RE: Allergic To Latex?!?! How Do You Know?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 10:53 am

Yep, i am.
Got nothing to do with being single however.
A couple of years back i broke my right radial head. They put a slab cast on my arm and rapped the whole thing in bandages to keep it in place. The next day I woke up with blisters from my shoulder to my wrist. In the ER here they said they hadn't seen anything like it, but confirmed it was the latex in the bandages.
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Tue Aug 16, 2005 10:54 am

Ted, for those who are allergic to Latex.....this is the route they probably would take!!!

Polyurethane. This plastic-like material is now being used as an alternative to latex for making condoms. It is extremely thin, durable, has no taste or odor, causes no known allergic reactions, and can be used with both oil and water based lubricants. They cost a little more than latex condoms, and aren't quite as flexible as latex, but they make a great alternative. Because of their higher rigidity, be sure to use adequate lubrication. And if you do use polyurethane condoms, be sure to read any documentation provided with them for possible additional information. Right now these are sold under the brand name Durex Avanti for males.

Dam, no wonder I love the Piaggio P.180 Avanti!

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RE: Allergic To Latex?!?! How Do You Know?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 10:55 am

Quoting Saxdiva (Reply 3):
certain parts of your personal history that I could stand not to know..

Hey, at least I didn't post a link to the video of me and Paris so everyone....oh wait...Paris... hummm... I think I need a lawyer Big grin
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Tue Aug 16, 2005 11:04 am

I am allergic to latex. I found out through wearing latex gloves in a chemistry lab. My hands started sweating and then they swelled up and burned. Not fun. Thankfully I didn't find out through condom use, that would really have sucked.

Anyways, the test for a latex allergy is a blood test, not those little prick allergy tests at the doctor. There is a caveat with this test, about 25% of people who are latex allergic will test negative. IIRC, this is due to being allergic to various components in latex, and not the latex itself. Or something like that, I found out several years ago. My doctor said that I have an odd reaction to it because my epidermis doesn't have a problem, but the tissues underneath.

As to how I deal with it....it's not too difficult really. I have to use the clear bandaids because they are latex free. I only have a problem when the latex touches something moist, such as sweaty hands, or um, well, you know. I can use latex gloves if I have to, but I have to stop as soon as my hands start to sweat and wash my hands really really well afterwards.

As for condom usage, there are non latex condoms available, but if pregnancy is the only concern (as it is with me), there is the pill, which I prefer.

An interesting aside, for some reason people who are allergic to latex are often allergic to tree nuts.
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Tue Aug 16, 2005 11:08 am

I've known people allergic to latex who use lambskin condoms, they're usually available at Target and the like. They are about $7 for a 3-pack though.
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Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:08 am

I'm one of those individuals that is allergic to latex, and while I haven't had any experiences with condoms (not yet, at least), I've known that I was allergic to it since I was about 3 years old. My dad is a dentist and accordingly, he wears latex gloves all day long. When he would come home from work, he would put his hands on my face and give me a kiss, and my mom noticed that I was getting red blotches all over my cheeks where he touched me. She's an RN, but at first, she really thought I was allergic to him until she made the connection with the latex gloves.

I later had the blood test, which confirmed it, with me being a 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 6 with 6 being most reactive. It is kind of annoying, but as long as I'm careful (i.e. don't blow up balloons, make sure physicians use non-latex gloves), it's really not much of an issue.
 
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RE: Allergic To Latex?!?! How Do You Know?

Wed Aug 17, 2005 5:25 am

Quoting FlyingNanook (Reply 7):
As for condom usage, there are non latex condoms available, but if pregnancy is the only concern (as it is with me), there is the pill, which I prefer.

Score, me too!
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RE: Allergic To Latex?!?! How Do You Know?

Wed Aug 17, 2005 5:28 am

Quoting TedTAce (Thread starter):
she had gotten a rash and itchyness

Hey Ted: which orifice had the rash?  Wink
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RE: Allergic To Latex?!?! How Do You Know?

Wed Aug 17, 2005 6:36 am

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 9):
I'm one of those individuals that is allergic to latex, and while I haven't had any experiences with condoms (not yet, at least), I've known that I was allergic to it since I was about 3 years old. My dad is a dentist and accordingly, he wears latex gloves all day long. When he would come home from work, he would put his hands on my face and give me a kiss, and my mom noticed that I was getting red blotches all over my cheeks where he touched me. She's an RN, but at first, she really thought I was allergic to him until she made the connection with the latex gloves.

I later had the blood test, which confirmed it, with me being a 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 6 with 6 being most reactive. It is kind of annoying, but as long as I'm careful (i.e. don't blow up balloons, make sure physicians use non-latex gloves), it's really not much of an issue.

I am the exact same way. I am allergice to, and I can actually stop breathing so I may be a 5. I found out through handling balloons. I got myself allergic to the latex because I was handled so much by latex gloves due to surgeries that my body developed a reaction against it.

It does suck, but We find ways to work around it  Smile
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RE: Allergic To Latex?!?! How Do You Know?

Wed Aug 17, 2005 6:43 am

Non-latex Duex condoms are a lot better, I think, in terms of comfort and feel.
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RE: Allergic To Latex?!?! How Do You Know?

Wed Aug 17, 2005 7:19 am

Quoting TedTAce (Thread starter):
I'm wondering if anyone else discovered this allergy and what they do about it

That's what these are for...

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Thu Aug 18, 2005 1:45 am

There is a woman at our place of work who is allergic to latex so we cannot have promotional balloons in the building along with yellow post-its (we can have the pink ones) and we cannot have stress balls. If we have any of these, whatever floor she is on, it sets her off with her allergies within minutes as it travels through the air-conditioning system. She was in our local paper a few years ago as she wants all shops to have a sign ststing there is latex in the shop. If shops did that for al allergies, you wouldn't be able to get in the shops for the signs. Let's just hope she dosen't go into Ann Summers  Silly
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RE: Allergic To Latex?!?! How Do You Know?

Thu Aug 18, 2005 2:04 am

Latex allergies have surged in the last few years, I sell medical equipment and all our accessories are latex-free now, most customers have made it a statutory requirement.
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