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Allergic reaction/skin rash & burning from contact with my semen?

For as long as I can remember my semen, when left in contact with my skin for a few minutes, will cause a rather painful burning rash that takes several days to heal. This rash

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Old 07-12-2006   #1 (permalink)
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Question Allergic reaction/skin rash & burning from contact with my semen?

For as long as I can remember my semen, when left in contact with my skin for a few minutes, will cause a rather painful burning rash that takes several days to heal. This rash will commonly appear on the head of my penis or on my stomach - basically, where ever the semen ends up.

At first I thought I just had sensitive skin. Now, however, I have now had four long-term sexual partners - and every one of them reacted in the same way. Fortunately, it does not seem to burn the inside of the vagina, but certainly the outside "mound", stomach, breasts, etc. It also burns when swallowed.

These problems have been consistent throughout my entire life and with all my partners - sex usually leaves me pulling out and running to the bathroom quick to wash it off before the burn sets in. Hardly the romantic cuddling my girlfriend would prefer!

What the hell is wrong with my semen? I have done extensive google research, asked my doctor, and confirmed my father did not have the same problem. I have also made significant, long-term changes to my diet and have not noticed a difference in burning, though I have succeeded in changing the flavor to better suit the varying taste of my lover. I have noticed that the pre-cum fluid that appears on the tip of my penis from extended periods of arousal does not seem to cause this type of burning, although perhaps there just isn't enough of it to do any real damage. Would getting a vasectomy solve this problem?
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Old 07-12-2006   #2 (permalink)
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For as long as I can remember my semen, when left in contact with my skin for a few minutes, will cause a rather painful burning rash that takes several days to heal. This rash will commonly appear on the head of my penis or on my stomach - basically, where ever the semen ends up.

At first I thought I just had sensitive skin. Now, however, I have now had four long-term sexual partners - and every one of them reacted in the same way. Fortunately, it does not seem to burn the inside of the vagina, but certainly the outside "mound", stomach, breasts, etc. It also burns when swallowed.

These problems have been consistent throughout my entire life and with all my partners - sex usually leaves me pulling out and running to the bathroom quick to wash it off before the burn sets in. Hardly the romantic cuddling my girlfriend would prefer!

What the hell is wrong with my semen? I have done extensive google research, asked my doctor, and confirmed my father did not have the same problem. I have also made significant, long-term changes to my diet and have not noticed a difference in burning, though I have succeeded in changing the flavor to better suit the varying taste of my lover. I have noticed that the pre-cum fluid that appears on the tip of my penis from extended periods of arousal does not seem to cause this type of burning, although perhaps there just isn't enough of it to do any real damage. Would getting a vasectomy solve this problem?
that is probably one of the most interesting things i have ever heard. A vasectomy most likely would not help bc that would basically just decrease the sperm, which most likely is not the problem. The cowper glands secrete a lot of the rest of the fluid.....you honestly have me stumped on this one
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Old 07-12-2006   #3 (permalink)
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I am not sensitive to my own semen when it is left on my stomach overnight , for example, but if I ejaculate and fail to squeeze out the last drops and fall asleep that way without washing and some congeals at the slit, by morning the slit is reddened, puffy and inflamed. Heals rather quickly though.. not several days like yours. Has been this way all my life! I assumed it was an acidic burning due to the PH of my semen!

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Old 07-12-2006   #4 (permalink)
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I am not sensitive to my own semen when it is left on my stomach overnight , for example, but if I ejaculate and fail to squeeze out the last drops and fall asleep that way without washing and some congeals at the slit, by morning the slit is reddened, puffy and inflamed. Heals rather quickly though.. not several days like yours. Has been this way all my life! I assumed it was an acidic burning due to the PH of my semen!
Yeah, falling asleep without washing will make peeing in the morning a very uncomfortable process, just pulling the skin back (I am uncut) will hurt like a bitch and I won't be having sex for a few days for sure.

This, of course, doesn't happen - the itching/burning sets in and keeps me awake or wakes me up, the only times that I have slept overnight without washing is when my partner sucked me dry and licked me clean. Even then I'm worried, but in the post-orgasmic bliss it is easy to doze off. Usually the rash is minimal in the morning.
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Old 07-12-2006   #5 (permalink)
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that is probably one of the most interesting things i have ever heard. A vasectomy most likely would not help bc that would basically just decrease the sperm, which most likely is not the problem. The cowper glands secrete a lot of the rest of the fluid.....you honestly have me stumped on this one
Yeah, I have done a lot of google reasearch and asked my doctor, still stumped. I have yet to encounter someone else with this level of discomfort or a reaction from their partner. I'm hoping someone else older and wiser (I'm 28, has been an issue since I started masturbating at age 11) has had experience with this issue and may have found a resolution.

Here's to hoping!
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Old 07-12-2006   #6 (permalink)
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Have you checked to see what the ph level is? Maybe you're more acidic.
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Old 07-12-2006   #7 (permalink)
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no, it'd be more alkaline if anything. although the alkali in semen - which is basically saline - would not account for the kind of painful reaction natrl describes. it's most perturbatory!
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Old 07-12-2006   #8 (permalink)
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Have you checked to see what the ph level is? Maybe you're more acidic.
No, I have not checked, not sure how to do so. No doctor has ever accepted my offer of semen for analasys, lol.
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Old 07-12-2006   #9 (permalink)
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no, it'd be more alkaline if anything. although the alkali in semen - which is basically saline - would not account for the kind of painful reaction natrl describes. it's most perturbatory!
Oh? More acidic was my assumption too, though I have no logic to back that up other than "acid burns", lol.

Can you expound on this acid/alkaline logic? Can't I change the pH of my semen through changes in diet?
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Old 07-12-2006   #10 (permalink)
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natri, I suggest you make an appointment with a urologist, who will know what tests to run. Your family doctor is obviously no help.
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Old 07-13-2006   #11 (permalink)
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I have been able to locate a study on BSS, "Burning Semen Syndrome" - something they have been testing in gulf war veterans. The problem sounds like what I have, except I was not in the gulf war and have always had this condition. They found about 30% of the study participants also had it before the war as well, so at least I'm not alone. Of course, they don't know what causes it - but at least they know that it exists. That's a good start!
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Old 07-18-2006   #12 (permalink)
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I have had similar problems yet mine is much more random. I always assumed it was due to diet. I have discovered red streaks while in the shower. At first i was puzzled then realized it was where my cum had dried. I wish i had info for you but as with many topics here it helps to know you aren't alone. I look forward to hearing more info
I was surprised your doctor turned down your offer to have your ejaculate tested. Seems like an obvious way to get answers to a riddle. Looks like time to find a new Doctor. For me finding a gay Doctor helped tremendously. (with a different mystery) Partly because of my comfort level (which caused me to be more forthcoming with info) and partly because of his comfort level. I've always been honest about my sexuality and even though very professional my preveious doctor was uncomfortable.
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Old 07-18-2006   #13 (permalink)
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I had a lover many years back who had the same problem. When his cum would come into contact with his own skin it would burn him and leave a very noticable red mark. It never bothered me at all, but did burn when I swallowed. He's a very healthy man and I don't believe he ever figured out why this would happen. I'm curious about this simply due to my experience with him. So, I would like to find out also.

This is my simple opinion; which I am entitled to by law.
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Old 07-18-2006   #14 (permalink)
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Oh? More acidic was my assumption too, though I have no logic to back that up other than "acid burns", lol.

Can you expound on this acid/alkaline logic? Can't I change the pH of my semen through changes in diet?
I can. Human skin is acidic, (mine disturbingly so - I tested my skin PH in the lab back in school, it appeared to be about pH1), so you are far more likely to get uncomfortable rashes and irritations from spilling a strong alkali on your skin, as it will upset the balance. Obviously, spilling a strong acid on your skin will have a similar effect because it will directly cause damege to the skin rather than just irritating it.

Dr Rock's idea is more likely though, unless your semen is prone to burning through things, it may well jsut be slightly more alkali than normal and by result be an irritant.

And you might be able to change the acid/alkaline balance through diet, - you can reportedly effect the way it tastes so your diet must have an effect. The only thing I can suggest is perhaps more fatty foods as fatty foods are more acidic.

Would getting ahold of some pH paper be on the cards? That'd settle the dispute!

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Old 07-19-2006   #15 (permalink)
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Here is what I would do, given your history, and what you have learned so far. Others have mentioned the pH level---yours is, I am guessing, very strongly alkyline. A strong base can burn just as easily as a strong acid. Think lye burns. Now, to test it easily, go to a pool supply place, and bye a bottle of reagent strips. These are little paper strips, with a color code on the side of the bottle. Right after ejaculating, dip the strip into the semen, then read the pH level by comparing the color against the code on the bottle. Next, especially when you are sweating, do the same thing with your skin. My guess is that you have a strong alkyline semen, and semen is normally alkylin to counter the normal acidic pH of a woman's vagina, thus helping to provide a neutral pH for the sperm when they are swimming . If you have a semen pH of greater than, say, 8 or 9, your have some caustic stuff. Other than dietary changes, which you have tried to no avail, I can;t think of anything to do to actualy change it, but at least doing a rudimentary pH test can give you some clues to start with.
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