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Allergic to semen
Posted on: 11/17/2006
Can you be allergic to semen?
It is possible, but very rare, for allergic sensitization to semen (seminal plasma) proteins to occur. This cause of allergy must be distinguished from the more common allergy to latex, spermicides, etc. Symptoms can occur immediately or within one hour after contact with seminal plasma. Local reactions include itching, burning, redness and swelling in the vulvar region or other sperm-contact sites. Generalized (systemic) reactions can become manifested as shortness of breath, nasal- and eye-allergic symptoms, itching skin rash such as hives, digestive-system symptoms, or even anaphylactic shock. The diagnosis of human seminal-plasma allergy is based on the patient's history, and blood and/or skin tests for allergy. Therapeutic options include allergen avoidance by use of condoms and attempts at desensitization.