For many men, allergies are just a fact of life. But what to do if one has an allergic reaction to latex, the material that most sheaths are made of? Sheaths, of course, are an essential step to engaging in safe intimate contact, making an allergy a real problem to manage. But a manhood latex allergy is no reason to risk contracting a partner-transmitted disease. Luckily, for men that deal with this affliction there are many non-latex sheath options on the market.
How to Detect a Latex Allergy
Only a doctor can officially diagnose a latex allergy, but there are many ways to detect a man may be experiencing an adverse reaction to this material.
1. Burning Sensation: One of the most common symptoms of a latex allergy is a burning sensation on the manhood. If the burning discomfort goes away once the sheath is removed, it may be a sign that an allergy is present. However, if the discomfort lingers well after removal, it may be a sign that the burning is being caused by something else.
2. Male organ rash: If you’ve repeatedly exposed your manhood to latex, you may develop a male organ rash from the allergy. Typically, the symptoms of a latex allergy will grow more severe with increase exposure to the material. In other words, the more often you exposure your manhood to latex, the more severe your symptoms will be each time your manhood comes in contact with latex. After repeated use, a male organ rash may occur from latex sheaths. A rash caused by a latex allergy will typically be red or pink and may flake when scratched.
3. Blisters: After extended exposure to latex, a man may experience blisters on his manhood from his allergy. These unsightly sores are caused by the immune system attempting to defending itself against the latex, which, because of the allergy, it has deemed a threat to the body. These blisters will usually be water-filled and can be very painful. Under no circumstances should these sores be popped, as the fluid inside, histamine, can be spread to other parts of the body.
4. Anaphylaxis: This is the most severe reaction to latex and happens after repeated, prolonged exposure to latex or other allergen. In this situation, a man will experience shortness of breath, difficulty breathing as well as a swelling of the lips, tongue and throat. Additionally, one might experience a rapid heartbeat and chest pain. In this instance, it is essentially to immediately be seen by a medical professional. If left untreated, anaphylaxis can constrict airways, leading to death.
Luckily, dealing with a latex allergy is as simple as avoiding latex. Because so many men and women deal with this allergy, many non-latex sheath options have been developed. Many sheath brands carry polyurethane options, which many people prefer due to their odorless nature and ability to be used with any lubricant. While polyurethane sheaths should prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses, there is little clinical data available on their ability to prevent partner-transmitted infections.
Another latex alternative are lambskin sheath. As the name suggests, these contraceptives are made from a lamb’s intestinal membrane. Users of these sheaths claim they have a more natural feel than latex and polyurethane options and the closest feel to not wearing a sheath at all. However, it’s important to note that while these prevent pregnancy, they not protect against partner-transmitted disease.
Soothing skin after an allergic reaction
Even after a latex sheath has been taken off, a man with a manhood latex allergy can still experience uncomfortable side effects in the manhood area. In this instance, a male organ health creme (most health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) can help soothe the delicate private area and relieve allergic reaction symptoms. When selecting a crème, look out for vitamins known for their healing properties, like Vitamin A, C, D and E.
Visit www.menshealthfirst.com for more information about treating common male organ health problems, including soreness, redness and loss of male organ sensation. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.