more on \"intimate issues\" and PA
Last week I wrote a letter to Dr. John Weisnagel (Peanut Allergy, Where do we stand? [url="http://www.allerg.qc.ca/peanutallergy.htm)"]http://www.allerg.qc.ca/peanutallergy.htm)[/url]
which covers some topics that a few parents are talking about in the Main Discussion board. I'm referring them here since it's adult content.
It's something all sexually active adults with PA or TNA or any fatal food allergy need to consider. Moreover, it's something the parents on here need to be aware of so at the right time in the future they can make their children aware too.
My letter, "Some adults on the board (including myself) have had experiences where, to the best of our knowledge and assumptions, we have determined that we have had an allergic reaction to a boyfriend/husband's sweat and semen. Of
course, most of us have had hives from kisses on skin if the partner had a peanut food earlier in the day, sometimes even after toothbrushing or washing up. But, the theory behind the sweat and semen is that the peanut protein is metabolized and excreted through the man's body in a way where it still triggers a reaction in the
female PA person. I have an experience where I reacted to semen (skin contact in my privates), only to question my boyfriend who had a Snickers bar that day and also the day before. Another woman on the
board swears she reacts to her husband's sweat and has tested the theory over time.
My question to you is this: Can the peanut protein be metabolized and secreted in sweat, semen/vaginal fluid? Have you heard of any studies? No one ever really believed me that I could have a reaction from a
kiss, let alone any bodily fluids." End Adrienne's letter
Dr. W's response, "Dear Mme Gauthier:
When I first rec'd your e-mail, I had never thought of someone reacting to body sweat or semen. There had been scattered reports in the past of women having an allergic reaction to their partner's semen, and if I remember correctly, the reaction would be a local, skin reaction. I've never used, and don't know if suppliers of allergy diagnostic testing materials have a test available for semen allergy. If you go to Google and inquire about 'semen allergy'
you'll be surprised at what you find. It seems there are women allergic to the components in the semen, and they're listed, in one of the sites.
Getting back to your question about women, allergic to peanuts or nuts reacting to semen from a man having eaten peanuts a few hours before intercourse, or having a reaction from contact with his sweat, it is possible. It is analogous to a breast-fed baby reacting to milk proteins if the nursing mother consumes milk or milk products. Testes and sweat glands are glands just like the mammary glands and can contain food proteins. I've never read any study about this; I spoke to a colleague, allergist, this morning and he had the same answer.
Thank you for your comments about my peanut allergy article.
John Weisnagel, M.D. "
30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy