Condoms and Rubber Allergy: A Preliminary Report of a New “Hypoallergenic” Condom
Contact dermatitis to rubber condoms is well recognised. In an attempt to develop a rubber condom suitable for use by rubber-sensitive individuals, a “hypoallergenic” condom was manufactured. This condom was washed in ammonia to reduce the residues of rubber accelerators. Twenty-one rubber-sensitive patients were patchtested with the washed condom, as were a similar number of non-rubber-sensitive controls. Of the 21 rubber-sensitive patients, 6 (29%) had a positive reaction to the new rubber condom; none of the control patients had a positive reaction. Washing rubber condoms in ammonia does not appear to reduce the residues of rubber accelerators sufficiently for their use by rubber-sensitive individuals. A “non-allergenic” condom is required.
Key wordsContact dermatitis Condoms Rubber sensitivity
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