Understanding sulfa allergy, sulfites and sulphur

A quick overview of sulfa drug allergy, a list of drugs that contain sulfonamides, and how this is different to sulfites and sulphur.

Dermatographia on the vulva

Dermatographia is an allergy to friction or touch, with severe itching and possibly red welts appearing on the vulva. This allergy to touch can occur anywhere on the body, however when it appears on the vulva only, it gets its own classification.

Candida (yeast) sensitivity or allergy in the vulva or vagina

A yeast allergy can manifest in the vagina and vulva causing itching and burning, but be totally missed by your doctor since tests may be negative.

Latex allergy and condom allergy

Latex allergy affects millions of people globally, with our increasing use of latex in gloves, condoms, and many other everyday items. Condom allergy will manifest itself quite soon after contact, with swelling, itching, soreness, hives and other signs of irritation, which can be mild or severe.

Allergic contact dermatitis on the vulva

Contact dermatitis can cause itching, dryness, redness and soreness of the vulva - the inner or outer labia, or clitoris and clitoral hood. Vulvar contact dermatitis is caused by something that touches your vulva, like laundry detergent in underwear, toilet paper, or douches.

Lichen simplex chronicus (LSC)

Contact dermatitis of the vulva can result in what's known as lichen simplex chronicus (LSC), which is itchy, thickened skin. Removing the offending irritant is the best way to solve LSC, but additional creams or soothing ointments can be used.

Semen allergy

Semen allergy is an allergy to the protein found in semen, and can cause irritation, itching inflammation, and soreness.

Latex-free condoms

What's available, how much and where from.