Dating Tips for People with Allergies
Valentine’s Day is always an exciting time for couples and singles alike. It means going on dates and spending time with your significant other. But for some people with severe allergies, it could be a little difficult. Think: Everything from hives to swollen lips—or even something more serious like anaphylaxis a potentially life-threatening reaction, could happen with just one misstep.
One order of a delicious salad on a dinner date could make your lips swell, a quick trip to the park could expose you to pollens and bee stings, and latex (hello, condoms), could cause a life-threatening reaction. If you have an allergy, or if you’re getting cosy with someone who does, make sure you’re safe on a date, in the bedroom, and everywhere in between.
TIP #1: Speak up
Be upfront about having an allergy. After all, having someone nearby who is aware of it, can easily call for help in a moment of need. So before you head out, tell your date about it. Also let them know that you carry an epinephrine shot or if there are measures that should be taken if something goes wrong.
TIP #2: Know the symptoms
Hives, rashes, and swelling are normal allergic reactions. However, signs can range from trouble breathing to decreased blood pressure, even fainting. So stay on top of any out-of-the-blue changes that could signal a problem.
TIP #3: Keep in mind that some allergies are airborne
There’s always something in the air that could trigger your allergy. For example, it is possible that powder released from the packaging of a condom could be enough to trigger a reaction. It is important to consult your doctor about the specifics of your allergy so that you’d be able to avoid whatever needs to be avoided.
TIP #4: Wear something comfortable
If you’re allergic to latex, or if you have very sensitive skin, it would be best that you choose the right fabric for your skin, not just for special occasions like Valentine’s day, but also for your daily wear. Organic cotton clothing is not just safe for the skin, but it’s also safe for the environment. On the other hand, if you do not have allergies but your date, friend, or partner has one, it’s better that you also be extra careful and sensitive enough to ask and make adjustments.
TIP #5: Consider other forms of birth control
Some people are allergic to latex. But that kind of allergy does not need to kill your sex life. There are other alternative forms of contraception, and there are in fact, non-latex condoms out there. However, if you want to be sure what’s best for you, you can always ask your doctor and also make sure that you’re honest with your partner even if it seems like an uncomfortable conversation.