So you're probably aware that people can have an allergy to latex condoms, but did you know they
could also be allergic to semen? It has to do with the common proteins found in it. They may be allergic to all men's semen, or they may only have an adverse response to a specific person's semen.
Symptoms include redness, pain, burning, itching, and swelling in areas where the semen has touched. What's worse is that some people are so allergic that they get hives or have difficulty breathing. Symptoms usually happen within 20 to 30 minutes of contact, and can last for hours or even days.
Dear's Advice: If this sounds familiar, make an appointment with your gynecologist. They may recommend that you use condoms every time you're intimate to prevent reactions.