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09 Feb 2010, 4:18 am

After growing to be miserable anticipating sex knowing I'd end up with a yeast infection ever time after it, I finally found out I've a latex allergy. No latex and the sex functioned as it's supposed to. However once a month the infection still happened. Turns out the majority of the feminine pads we use around once Every month have the betraying substance. Going to Always pads (suggested by a female doctor who also has a latex allergy) and they've nearly completely cleared up. Whoo!!

So here's to see who else has a latex allergy or has noticed the same problems, perhaps my findings will help :)



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09 Feb 2010, 4:30 am

Also eating a lot of sugar (includes fruit, carbs etc.. all sugar) helps fungal infections grow.

Also antibiotics - always take a probiotic with them.

You could try cutting down on the food I mentioned there and eating a lot of acodopholus yoghurt and see if that helps, I don't know if it will as I don't know anything about you, just thought I would make a quick comment.

Edit - Sorry, misread. Glad your problem has gone. I'll leave my post here as it may help some other people with fungal problems.


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09 Feb 2010, 6:08 am

I have a latex allergy too, god I hated using rubbers. Worst feeling ever when you're done and the vagoo feels like it's on fire, not happy.

The best bet with the antibiotic/probiotic thing is to start the probiotics the day after you start the anti's. That way they don't clash and make a superbug.


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09 Feb 2010, 7:31 am

Is there a correlation? If so, it's just one more thing. I can wear latex gloves with no problem but the skin on a person's hands are a lot tougher. I recently wrapped up my knee with an elastic bandage and was going nuts with the itching for days after. I have trouble with rubbers too. That's a very inconvenient place to be itching.


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11 Feb 2010, 10:57 pm

I have a terrible latex allergy, it actually blisters and burns my skin off. If it got into my bloodstream it would probably kill me. 8O

I had the same issues with pads (imagine trying to explain that to your mom at 12 years old..) and now use a latex-free menstrual cup. I'm allergic to nearly every condom on the market, including most of the supposed latex-free ones - I react to something in the lube. I can only use Pasante Unique. Someone I was with "accidentally" used a latex condom on me once. That was 7 years ago, and I still have the scars. :(

Other things to be careful with:
erasers
corks
the licky-sticky glue on envelopes!! !
elastic in clothing
bath mats
mouse pads
video camera eyethingies
bananas (the skin contains natural latex)
avocados



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12 Feb 2010, 6:38 pm

I also highly recommend a menstrual cup. Most comfortable thing I ever did. (and its quite economical too)

I never realized so many feminine products had latex in them. That certainly explains several issues I'd deal with monthly.



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23 Feb 2010, 2:14 pm

the same thing happened to me as a teen with disposable pads and condoms. exact same thing.

now I never use condoms (happily married) and use washable fem products, sea sponges & cloth pads



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04 Mar 2010, 7:10 am

I'm allergic to latex. I'm pretty sure that those plastic grocery bags have some sort of latex in them, too. When I thread the loops around my wrists, by the time I'm home my wrists are red, swollen and itching.

I didn't know that about banana skins, but I always felt itchy and had to wash hands w/soap & water after peeling one. Weird.

Having allergies is a drag. People usually just think you're crazy. Try explaining to someone you are allergic to a banana peel, but don't know why. Lol.

Anyone have tips on latex free mouse pads? I found one that's plastic, but I can't find another one.



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20 Mar 2010, 5:27 pm

Allergic to latex, along with lots of other things. I think it's interesting that Aspies have a higher than normal tendency to have allergies in general.


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27 Mar 2010, 9:01 am

For those who still wish to use condoms, try a polyurethane condoms. They are just as safe and effective, but latex-free. (My sister used to date a guy with a latex allergy; this is what they used.) Lambskin condoms are another option, but not as good at preventing STDs or pregnancy, as they are porous. Please, don't assume you are allergic to latex if you've never been checked; there are infections that mimic a latex allergy and can do damage to your cervix and uterus.



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30 Mar 2010, 6:16 pm

I'm allergic to everything, including latex.



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30 Mar 2010, 6:53 pm

Papaya contains lots of latex. Generally if a plant produces white sap when cut, well you shouldn't eat it anyway because it a good chance of being toxic, but it it may also contain latex. Though that is probably only relevant to though who are caught out in the wilderness... :wink:[


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06 Apr 2010, 2:06 am

tttnjfttt wrote:
I also highly recommend a menstrual cup. Most comfortable thing I ever did. (and its quite economical too)


I want to try this on my next period. Do you find a menstrual cup comfortable and leak-proof enough for exercising? I need something that I can exercise with, but pads are so damn chaffing and I dislike tampons because, well, they make me dry and sore in their own way.



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06 Apr 2010, 8:55 am

My mom is mildly allergic to latex, but I'm not. Since she's a nurse, I think she developed the allergy from wearing gloves with latex.


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12 Apr 2010, 9:21 pm

Aimless wrote:
Is there a correlation? If so, it's just one more thing. I can wear latex gloves with no problem but the skin on a person's hands are a lot tougher. I recently wrapped up my knee with an elastic bandage and was going nuts with the itching for days after. I have trouble with rubbers too. That's a very inconvenient place to be itching.


I am the same way. I can wear the gloves but anything else- like pads or condoms and bandages are a real problem. I had a procedure done on on some varicose veins in my calf, and afterwards I had to wear a compression bandage for two weeks. The bandage was some latex foam pads and two tight ace bandages. I began itching and it was very uncomfortable, so after a week I called the doctor's office, but the nurse said I had to wear it. Finally the day came to take it off, and when the doc unwrapped my leg and took off the pads, he was like 8O - a great deal of my skin came off with it. So instead of veins I had these long brown scars shaped in rectangles from the pads. It took over a year of cocoa butter use to get rid of the scars.



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