Condom allergies are far more common than you might think. Allergic reactions can be more than latex. This may be in response to spermicides, preservatives, proteins, anesthetics, flavorings and other additives.
It could be a delayed reaction after intercourse, or it could be an allergic reaction.
Here are some symptoms you should be aware of:
Local symptoms: Itching, redness, swelling, hives, or rash at the site of contact with the condom.
General symptoms: hives, swelling or itching, scratchy throat, flushing, watery eyes, runny nose, difficulty breathing, chest tightness.
What you can do:
If hypersensitivity and allergic reactions occur, seek medical attention immediately.
Avoid sex and use this product until symptoms subside.
Keep the infected area clean and dry.
Explore allergen-free birth control methods. Talk to your doctor about your possible options.
Use cleaning products that do not contain spices, essences, etc. That can aggravate the symptoms.
If symptoms worsen or persist, consult your doctor immediately.
Alternatives to condoms:
- Contraceptive cap
- Contraceptive injection
- Contraceptive patch
- Female condom
- Intrauterine device
- Natural family planning
- Vaginal ring