Manhood Health Primer: Signs of a Latex Allergy
Manhood Health Primer: Signs of a Latex
When the savvy guy engages in any penetrative sensual activity, he does it
the right way – by wearing a protective device. Taking care to avoid socially
shared infections is a key component of excellent member care, and most
men are very astute in this regard. However, there are some cases where a
man does the responsible thing, slips on a protective device, and then pays a
strange price later – the itching, burning, swelling, rashing and other
symptoms that indicate a latex allergy. How can a man be expected to
maintain a healthy male organ if he can’t use the protection necessary to
ensure that good health? Here’s what he needs to know.
What’s a latex allergy?
Latex is a natural substance derived from the rubber tree. It is used in a huge
variety of products, but some of the most well-known are medical gloves
(used in all medical settings) as well as protective devices. Because latex can
be stretched incredibly thin but still retain the ability to stop even the
smallest of germs from passing through, it makes sense that it’s a perfect
product to use for making barrier protections.
A latex allergy is just that – it’s an allergy to latex. For some, this allergy is
extremely severe and shows up the moment they allow latex to touch their
skin. For others, it takes time and repeated exposure to develop an allergy.
That’s why some men can use latex barrier devices without problem for
months or years, but then they suddenly develop the symptoms of a latex
allergy. For some, the initial reaction to latex might not appear for 48 to 96
hours after exposure, so it makes sense that it might be tough to narrow it
down to latex.
A latex allergy usually shows up with the same type of symptoms. These
include a ring of rash near the base of the member, where the protective
device was sealed tightly; a swollen and red member tip, where the device
pressed during activity; raised blisters on the member that might be itchy;
swollen skin anywhere the protection touched, including fingers, hands and
perhaps even thighs or the lips (if the protective device came into contact
with the mouth).
Those who suffer a severe reaction to latex might immediately have a runny
nose and stinging eyes, as well as sneezing and other upper respiratory
problems. They might suddenly find it tough to breathe or feel as though
their chest is tight. Those who suffer a reaction like this should get to the
hospital immediately, as these are the first signs of anaphylactic shock.
Treatment and prevention
When a man has a confirmed latex allergy, he will be treated just as if the
allergy is to anything else. This might include a course of steroid therapy. A
doctor will run tests to make sure the latex allergy is the culprit, and will
then counsel the patient on what he needs to do to avoid the problem in the
Of course, avoidance is often the best option for those with an allergy like
this. That means a man will need to look for protective devices that do not
contain latex. Often known as “natural” protective devices, there are some
on the market that claim to be hypoallergenic. Other types of plastic
protections, such as those made of polyurethane, often provide adequate
protection without the worries that come along with the use of latex.
No matter a man’s choice in protective devices, he’s doing the right thing by
using them each time he engages with a partner. He’s also doing the right
thing by reaching for a powerful manhood health crème (health
professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven
mild and safe for skin). When used daily, a crème that contains vitamins C,
D and B5, as well as vitamin A for odor control, can help keep his
equipment healthy. Shea butter and vitamin E serve as a bonus of hydration
that ensures healthy male organ skin, no matter the type of protective device
a man chooses to use.