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Latex and Condoms – The Allergic Reaction

Latex Allergies affect up to 1 in 13 consumers in the world. A very common allergic reaction, the extent of the reaction can range from mild skin irritation (dryness, itching, burning, scaling, and lesions of the skin) to more severe reactions like the above across a wider range of areas to extremely serious reactions. These serious reactions include hay fever-like symptoms, conjunctivitis (pink eye), cramps, hives, and severe itching. It is rare, but symptoms may progress to include rapid heartbeat, tremors, chest pain, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, anaphylactic shock, or potentially, death.

If you believe you have a latex allergy, the first step is to see a doctor to confirm the diagnosis. This can be conducted on an out-patient basis, but will help to rule out any other potential causes.

Once confirmed, the safer sex industry has produced a large variety of non-latex condoms. These condoms, produced from other substances than natural rubber will not cause an allergic reaction. Some of the most popular brands in this space include:

Lifestyles Skyn Condoms – the Lifestyles Skyn Condoms are the most popular non-latex condoms, using polyisoprene. With the strength of latex condoms and an extremely sensation, it is also the cheapest non-latex condom on the market. As a Polyisporene condom, only water based lubricants should be used to avoid damage and compromise of these condoms.

Durex Avanti Bare Condoms (Box of 36) – the Durex Avanti Condoms are also polyisoprene made condoms, introduced after the Lifestyles Skyn Condoms. With the backing of the popular Durex brand behind it, these condoms are specially shaped for a more comfortable fit. As a Polyisporene condom, only water based lubricants should be used to avoid damage and compromise of these condoms.

Trojan Supra Non-Latex Lubricated Condoms – The Trojan Supra Non-Latex condom is made of strong, ultra-thin micro sheer polyurethane to provide a high degree of comfort and an alternative.

Trojan NaturaLamb Lubricated Condoms – Lastly, perhaps the most expensive non-latex substitute, are the Trojan NaturaLamb condoms. Made from a natural memberange taken from lambs, they are treated with a unique jelly-type lubricant and rolled for your further comfort and convenience.

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