John Lichfield: Female mud-wrestling, French style

The French Left has devised a way to distract media attention away from President Nicolas Sarkozy – female mud-wrestling.

In the red corner, we have Martine Aubry, the Lille bruiser, who “won” the party’s leadership contest by 0.05 per cent of the vote. In the white corner, we have Ségolène Royal, the Poitou hellcat, who accuses her opponent’s camp of “cheating” and “stealing” victory.

No contest between the Left and Right has been fought with more invective and more dirty tricks than this riveting contest between the Centre-Left and the Centre-Left. The poisonous hatred between the two camps was apparent long before the vote of Socialist party members on Friday night split almost exactly 50-50.

The problem is not the narrowness of Friday’s vote, nor the evidence of voting irregularities. Such practises have long plagued France’s alternative “party of government”. (As one party official explained: “In the North, there are genuine members with fake cards. In the South, there are genuine cards held by fake members.”) The real problem is that personal relations between the camps have grown so venomous that a de facto schism seems inevitable. A formal split into two parties of the centre-left is unlikely in the short term. It is no longer inconceivable.

That there were irregularities in Friday’s vote is certain. The nearly 80 per cent landslide for Mme Aubry in her own fiefdom around Lille was suspicious. So were some of the “block votes” for Mme Royal in the south and in the overseas departements. Only 42 out of 134,784 votes separate the two women. A Parti Socialiste (PS) task force will sift through multiple claims of errors and fraud today before the national committee meets on Tuesday night to decide whether to ratify the result.

The argument between Mme Aubry, 58, and Mme Royal, 55, is not truly ideological. Both come from the moderate wing of the party. They are divided, partly, by their visions of the future of the PS itself. Mme Royal wants to attract a younger, mass membership. She wants – as she said – a “Facebook political party”, which the many, left-leaning young people in France could easily join and identify with. Her enemies say that she wants to create a personal fan club.

Mme Aubry, although she also speaks of a “new” party, is perfectly comfortable with a Parti Socialiste whose “masses” consist mostly of teachers and civil servants. She represents the social-democratic, managerial impulses of an ageing party leadership which does not want to lose its power.

Beyond all that, there is the personal contempt of Mme Aubry for Mme Royal (whom she sees as a bossy airhead with right-wing social instincts). And there is the deep personal contempt of Mme Royal for Mme Aubry (whom she sees as a sharp-tongued, and worse, badly-dressed dinosaur).

Even an undisputed First Secretary of the party would not have been guaranteed the centre-left presidential “nomination” in 2012. It is possible, despite her denials at the weekend, that Mme Royal will be tempted to play the martyr-messiah and create her own party. Either way, the real winners are likely to be a) President Sarkozy and b) Olivier Besancenot, the oily but plausible Trotskyist postman whose attempts to create a broad “anti-capitalist party” are gathering strength.

It used to be said that France had the “stupidest Right in the world”. In that tradition, at least, France has moved decisively to the Left.

Inside an Underground Women’s Mud Wrestling Ring in Chicago

Going to a Chicago Mud Queens match is a little like watching the Netflix show G.L.O.W., but with beer, guitars, a much bigger mess, and less sexual harassment. The league, which has been around since 2003, aims to reclaim the raw power of women’s mud wrestling, without the over-sexualized image. What started as a goofy fight among friends evolved into a legit organization that hosts indoor matches from April through October at music venues and bars throughout the city. Since 2004, the team has donated profits from their events to charity.

The provocative, witty, and aggressively skilled women who sling mud (and occasionally slime, lube, or spaghetti) at each other have earned the Mud Queens a cult following in Chicago. The biggest match of the year takes place every Halloween at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago’s South Loop. The mud is swapped out for fake blood (though the recipe for the slick stuff stays secret). It’s a combination of punk rock, feminism, contact sports, and activism that embodies the Windy City’s gritty, DIY ethos.

VICE checked out this year’s Halloween event with photographer Danielle Scruggs to meet the Mud Queens and get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to throw a bloody good wrestling match.

Kira Elliot, a.k.a. Brownie Bruiser

“I’ve been in Mud Queens for eight or nine years. There are a lot of reasons I do it. My favorite part is the women involved in the organization. They’re hilarious, and there is an amazing sisterhood in the group. Everybody just really enjoys each other. We all live these buttoned-up lives, and it’s cool to let loose and do something that’s off-the-charts wild and crazy. Every year, after our final show, we give a lump sum of our earnings to the Chicago Women’s Health Center. I think it’s really important to take care of people, especially women with reproductive needs. Chicago is competing against New York and Los Angeles, and there is something gritty about Mud Queens being here. It gives Chicago a bit more of an edge and reputation of being badass and hardcore.”

Erica de Marco, a.k.a. Ultimate Whorrior

“I came to Chicago alone, when I was 21 and didn’t know anybody. I came across a flyer for a Mud Queens show and texted the founder and said, ‘I want to do this. How do I get trained?’ She texted back and said, ‘We had a girl drop out. You’re on tomorrow at 7 PM.’ She put me up against one of the largest fighters, and I lost very hard. I lost every fight for the next four years straight, and it wasn’t until my fifth year that I won my first fight. It’s a really good feeling when you look out into the audience and people are cheering. It’s a feeling I’ve grown addicted to. We’re breaking stereotypes. When you think of mud wrestling, you think of girls rolling around seductively, but we bring strength to it.”

Mark Macoun, a.k.a. the Ref

“My buddy Megan wanted to do jello wrestling, but we didn’t know where to store that much jello, so we made mud. I’ve been doing this since 2003. I’ve been doing it so long that I don’t know why I would stop [laughs]. Mud Queens is unique to Chicago. We’re underground, but we’ve been around for 15 years. It has to be one of the city’s longest running shows at this point. I love the community aspect—people showing up and putting on a show together—a band of brothers and sisters, that sort of shit.”

Kim Kozak, a.k.a. El Baño

“There is nothing else like Mud Queens. It’s badass women who are taking back mud wrestling. It’s a piece of Chicago culture other cities really don’t have. It’s a grassroots effort that’s badass, crude, and brash—like the city itself. Our first show was at a birthday party in someone’s apartment, put together as a joke, but everyone had a great time. All of our friends’ bands played, and we started doing more shows from there. The first four or five were stopped by police. There were a couple times they were called for noise complaints, and the cops would stay and watch [laughs].

“I didn’t think we’d ever be allowed in a legit venue. When we were on loading docks, we had to move dumpsters and someone was scratched by a rat. It was pretty ramshackle. We never thought we would ever do a ‘real’ show. We started charging at the door to make up the money for supplies, and we ended up with more money than we knew what to do with, so we thought the best thing to do was give it to charity. The Chicago Women’s Health Center has been our charity from the start.”

Ingrid Hansen, a.k.a. Calamity Pain

“Before, there was no venue. We wrestled in warehouses or on the street. There were no real rules. We had rules for safety, but if someone’s top fell off, we weren’t in a public establishment. The costumes have gotten more intricate, and the organization itself is more organized. We’ve adapted. It was only mud in the beginning, but the founder created a recipe for blood, and we decided to use slime. The creative members of Mud Queens are always adding elements to the show.”

Carly Huizenga, a.k.a. Babe Brute

“There’s a stereotype that women aren’t as strong—that women have inner strength, but not physical strength. All of us are strong women trying to help other women. We’re all different sizes and shapes. You are welcome with us. I’m not a loud person. I’m not very confident in my normal, regular life. That is completely different when I’m wrestling. I get to push my body and express all my energy, more than when I’m just working out. After I’ve let out all that aggression, I feel calm.”

The Mud Queens are always looking for “new blood,” fresh faces, and big characters. The 2018 season is over, but wrestling will pick back up in the spring.

Wet and messy fighting

Perhaps, one of the most popular forms of female entertaining wrestling is mud wrestling in or wrestling in various liquid and semi-viscous substances, such as water, oil, mud, shaving foam, custard pudding, chocolate sauce, squirty cream, non-dairy creamer, jelly, etc. There is another popular form of wrestling in substances – coleslaw wrestling. Although coleslaw girl wrestlers remind a delicious dish with coleslaw garnish , the competitions are very real.

Wrestling in substances usually involves women who typically wear minimal clothing with the overall intention of presenting a titillating spectacle. Nevertheless, sometimes, wrestling matches in substances (especially, mud wrestling) are quite competitive.

As a matter of fact, wrestling in substances is far from being a modern entertainment. It would be adequate to list just two old traditional wrestling forms: Turkish oil wrestling Yagli Gures and Indian mud wrestling Kusti.

The very first and the most popular form of wrestling in substance is mud wrestling. In fact, this is the Western version of ancient Indian wrestling “Kusti” (for followers of Hinduism and Zoroastrism mud is kind of sacred substance). Mud wrestling first became popular in the United States in the 1980’s, and later spread worldwide. The legendary Pro Wrestling promoter Paul Boesch is credited with the invention of mud wrestling being a modification of the ancient sport of kusti. Although originally performed in bars, nightclubs, and strip clubs, mud wrestling is now a mainstream to the point where organizations have staged mud wrestling events everywhere – from parks to stadiums – for fun, competitions and charity.

There is another athletic prototype of this “combative” form – Yagli Gures, the Turkish national sport, commonly known as oil wrestling. In fact, there is usually very liitle athletic and competitive element in female wrestling in substance. However, if it exists (see for example, the videoclip “oil wrestling” below) it pretty resembles the Turkish oil wrestling. The main peculiarity of such a contest is that an opponent slips away, so special wrestling techniques are required.

Most often qualifying competitors have significant physical endowments or sex appeal. Venues for competition are usually social in nature with spectators comprised mostly of inebriated males. However, in many cases, wrestling in substances is a fling and both sides have great fun – participants and spectators.

Wrestling in substance is somehow related to the so-called “wet and messy fetish” (WAM) – a form of sexual fetishism that has a person getting aroused by substances applied on the body. It also could occur when seeing someone else getting wet and/or messy or just wet clothes, or any combination of the above. The fetish inspired the “wet T-shirt contests”, a form of beauty contest in which the participating women wear a white or light-colored T-shirt without a bra, while being sprayed with water to make their clothing semi-transparent and slinky.

Some advantages of such styles can be noticed. First, shining wet bodies look even more attractive. Then, lubrication reduces frictions of contestants’ bodies. Besides, the mud wrestling helps to hide nudity a bit.

Mud or oil wrestling matches are often held in restaurants, in clubs or outdoor. A special “ring” is installed which usually constitutes a small pool or a tub where some substance is placed. Another way – to anoint contestants’ bodies with oil before a match. Sometimes even boxing matches take place in substances (like the animation below represents). Whole WEB sites are dedicated to mud / oil wrestling, , for instance “KGB”.

One more popular form of wrestling in liquid substances is various contests in water. A lot of forms exist here. For instance, wrestling in sumo-like style on a small raft installed in the middle of a swimming pool where losers fall (sometimes even the both contestants). Another case is a “horse battle” in a reservoir where girls are struggling “horseback” sitting on the shoulders of their partners (of either sex) and trying to take their opponents down into the water. Even underwater wrestling exists (with aqualungs and even without them). Female battle in reservoir is a popular subject in movies. On a DWW festival two girls engaged in impressive wrestling match in a small pond. In our opinion the shot of the match is one of the best among photographs devoted to women and sports.

It’s easy to wrestle being in water, it’s an excellent shock absorber, and it makes wrestling more soft and pleasant. To complete the picture we can also consider wrestling in sand, which is a popular fun; represented in movies as well. Such a wrestling match is described in the story “Bout under the moon” on this site.

Such matches usually go half in jest and they always have some element of confusion, which contributes additional flavor to female wrestling matches.

Sex has become one of the most important parts of the life. Nowadays, most of the people want to improve sex life. There are thousands of drugs are available in the market that will add some spice to your life. Make sure that you are giving everything to your partner. However, if you are suffering from any anxiety disorder, then sex can be an ideal option for you.

It will give enough relaxation to muscles. If you are doing sex on a regular basis then it will prevent a lot of diseases such as Blood pressure and another complicated disease.

sex life

You must look out another site dedicated to mudfighting where you will able to obtain erotic videos and pictures. However, if you want to improve sex life, then you should exercise on a regular basis. Make sure that you are eating healthy things. With the help of sex, you will able to grab the following benefits-

  • Reduce the chances of anxiety

  • Improve the erectile and sexual life

  • Will able to enhance the relationship with a partner.

  • It is the best thing that will increase the stamina

With these things, you will able to enjoy sex with your partner. Let’s discuss tips that will able to improve your sex life.

  1. Pay attention to Foreplay

According to professionals, Foreplay is quite an important thing because it is an integral part of the sex. Before starting sex, you must do Foreplay such as Blowjob, kissing and touching to each other. Most of the professionals claim that, if you are sucking each other then it will increase lust. Most of the women’s prefer romance over other things. Therefore, you must start everything with romance.

  1. Always Try top-notch techniques

Nowadays, if you want to last longer during the bed, then you must try top-notch techniques. You always start with slow and then you should breathe deeply. With the help of this method, you will able to train your body for the sex. Make sure that you are choosing the best position for sex.

  1. Always Trying something New

You should always try something new with your partner. It will able to increase the excitement and will give you enjoyment during the sex. You must always try to do something new with your partner like-

  • Cooking Together

  • You should watch a romantic movie on every Saturday

  • Try to give her a goodnight kiss

With the help of this thing, you will able to create a strong connection with your partner. Make sure that you are choosing a new position in the Bedroom. Missionary or 69 positions would be an ideal option for you.

  1. Manage stress and anxiety disorders

If you are suffering from an anxiety disorder, then you shouldn’t do sex because it would be difficult to sustain an erection. Therefore, you must grab the medicines for anxiety disorders.

If you really want to improve the sex life, then you must follow above-mentioned tips. With the help of these tips, one can improve the sex life.

Health Benefits of Yoni Eggs To Women

The practice of the yoni egg was kept secret and used only by the Asian concubines and emperors to ensure longevity, to keep them young and beautiful, full of energy and active sexuality. Yoni eggs are used to improve health, both physically and spiritually. Exercises provide more force to lift sexual energy and distribute it to all the vital organs of the body. The womb of a woman is the most powerful center of gravity in the body.

Unfortunately, it tends to focus on the negative energy that comes from the various disharmonious states we tend to accumulate, but through these exercises the negative energy is eliminated and replaced with a state of well-being and relaxation.

Yoni eggs can be used by any woman (including during pregnancy) to tonify the vagina and superficial muscles of the pelvic floor, acting on other involuntary muscles.

To know which gemstone yoni egg is best you need to go through its origin.This practice comes from Asia and has been used for over 2,000 years. The Chinese consider the sexual organs to be the center of our vital energy, the center that anchors us to the ground and sustains us to heaven.

Women who used this technique had no health problems, their beauty made them radiate a young air even if the years were saying something else. There was more Chi energy that brought health.

It has been for years a practice that, besides the physical and spiritual benefits, has inspired many paintings that focused on the development of sexual energy. The Chinese think that in the sexual energy it is at the basis of our lives and supports all profound processes of inner transformation, which is why they have pursued in their practices to cultivate this energy, to elevate it and transform it into spiritual energy.

The use of yoni eggs helps improve vaginal lubrication and moisture, for daily comfort, but also for sexual intercourse. The daily use of yoni eggs for a few minutes, in the morning or before bedtime, improves the health of the reproductive organs.

Although most women try to ignore the fact that the vagina is an important anatomical part and just as keen as the skin or teeth, the truth is that the vagina needs attention and enjoys it when it is received. Here are some tricks for a happy vagina.

Whether you have a sex partner or not, you need to know that the vagina needs sport. Constant exercises for toning vaginal muscles, or Kegel exercises, are not a joke. Even if you have a regular and satisfying sexual life, it does not seem to be enough to keep your vagina healthy and happy. Specialists recommend purchasing a yoni egg or special beads for Kegel exercises (can be purchased from any sex shop). These devices are not only beneficial for maintaining vaginal tonus, but also for maintaining the ability to create lubrication. The beads simply walk through your vagina and cause your vaginal walls to exercise. Many women claim that when wearing Kegel beads or yoni eggs after a while they no longer see them as being present in the vagina. In other words, use them with confidence; they will not disturb you from daily activities. You just have to be careful when you go to the toilet – it could fall. At first, experts recommend wearing them at night during sleep. You can wear these devices all day, they will not hurt you. Experiment: it can be pleasant, not just healthy. For more details, visit

Use lubricants

Lubricants are friends of the vagina. Whether you have already entered the menopause or have a hormonal imbalance, vaginal dryness is unpleasant and can cause problems, especially during sexual intercourse. You should never let your partner use saliva to wet the area (bacteria in his mouth may be dangerous to your vagina. Sex does not have to be dry or painful, and the use of a good lubricant keeps you from these troubles and obviously makes your vagina happy. Do not forget to use lubricant when using the jelly egg or Kegel beads that we talked about earlier.

Put your panties down!

Know that we do not joke at all: give your panties down, give up 24 to 24 hours. Let your intimate area breathe. She looks bold and crazy, but she tries to go out on a walk dressed with a long enough and matte skirt and sure, do not wake up as her wind rises or she can see her without wearing lingerie. You will feel incredibly free! Perhaps your abdomen wants to be tightly spandex or lycra, but your vagina wants cotton underwear or not at all. Not to mention that you should not wear intimate underwear when you are at home, much less during your sleep!

Use sex toys

Perhaps it seems to you a bit daring advice, but your vagina will enjoy if you use sex toys that are inserted inside the vagina, such as vibrators or dildos. Once again, please note that these tips are useful if you want to keep your vagina happy. The best sex toys of this kind are those that have the texture that imitates human skin, they are made of a material that picks up and holds the heat and has little weight on its own.

Do not use scented soaps

Imagine your vagina is a delicate flower. Scented soaps will dry and irritate the labia and the surrounding area. Your vagina likes natural, unspoiled soaps and warm water. The vagina is a self-cleaning organ, but you also need to wash yourself to avoid infections, pelvic inflammatory diseases and sexually transmitted diseases.

Bioactive concentrated foam for daily hygiene. Gently cleanses without affecting the natural defense system of the tissue

Femi wash protects and maintain healthy tissues. Cleanses / disinfects very effectively without disturbing the natural defenses of the vagina. It contains lactic acid that allows the formation and improvement of vaginal acidity. Lactobacillus growth is stimulated and, therefore, vaginal flora is improved.

Give your vagina pleasure! You!

Masturbation gives the feeling of power to the woman who practices it, because when you know how to provoke an orgasm, you will not be afraid that your partner does not know how or that you need a partner to give you an orgasm. If you are not used to giving the only pleasure, give yourself time to know your body and especially the vagina. When a woman is well connected with her own vagina is actually connected with a creative energy force. When a woman loves his vagina and makes his vagina happy, he can make the world happy.

Eat also for your vagina

It is said that certain foods are able to change the smell and taste of the vagina. Obviously when you eat foods such as garlic, onion, asparagus or cabbage, the smell and taste of your vagina will change unpleasantly. Try to consume more berries, cucumbers and pineapple – it is said that your vagina will smell better than ever and will, of course, be happy for this reason.

Keep the food away from the vagina

In spite of what you see through more or less erotic movies, to make your vagina happy, food should be eaten not put into the vagina. Therefore, sexual games with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, fruit, ice cream or other foods should come out of your sexual practice. These games only make you prone to genital infections, urinary tract infections, mycosis and other local problems.

You picked up your favorite toy and do not know if you can use it with a new lubricant, or have visited a sex shop online , have bought a new toy and can’t find a lubricant for it? If know how to choose the best lube for sex toys you can easily put an end to your doubts.

Always use a lubricant.

The first thing to remember is that every sex toy needs to be lubricated. No matter how you use it, does it better with a lubricant?

Lubrication will not only add comfort but also increase safety. Think about what usually happens during sex: the body is smeared naturally, and therefore you and your partner will not be frictional. In the use of toys, you need to adhere to the same logic. Too much lubrication does not happen. Even if your body produces enough of it, a drop of lubricant on a toy will only benefit. It is better to be safe and once again moisten the device than to regret and suffer!

Choosing the right lubricant

There are 3 main types of lubricants: water-based (the most popular and universal), silicone (similar to the previous version, but they can be used in water) and from petroleum products (ideal for anal entertainment).

Water Based

Lubricants can be used with almost all vibrators, masturbation sleeves, erection rings and dildos. Their plus is that they are very easy to wash off; you just need to rinse the toy in warm water, and you’re done! And this is their main drawback – if you prefer to use the toy in the bathroom or shower, then the water-based lubricant is not your friend, it will wash out without a trace in the first few seconds.


Lubricants Silicone Based Greases – This is the perfect choice for water entertainment. If you have waterproof toys or you just love sex in water, then silicone lubricants will become your faithful helpers. Of course, they are not sold in any pharmacy, like water-based lubricants, but you can always find such lubricants in a sex shop.

Another advantage of silicone lubricants is that they “work” for a long time. Silicone grease does not absorb or evaporate. On the other hand, this means that cleaning toys from silicone lubricants requires great effort. But do not rush to buy a sandblaster, for this you only need a soap solution.

Lubricants from petroleum products

These lubricants can be used only with non-latex anal toys and for male masturbation.They are good for anal games because they are thicker than others, which makes penetration easier. Oil-based lubricants cannot be used with latex; the oil destroys it on contact. They can also irritate the vagina, so these lubricants are not recommended for use during sex or with toys during vaginal stimulation.

How to use grease

When you bought a tube of grease, you probably want to know how to use it. In fact, it all depends on your personal preferences, but you can use several tips:

  • Always take a small amount of lubricant, rub it in your hand and then apply it on the toy and on the body;
  • Lubricate the head and barrel of the vibrator or dildo. Clitoral and anal stimulants  also need to be lubricated;
  • It is necessary to lubricate the toy so that it is wet, but it does not drip. Be careful and make sure that the lubricant is applied to the toy and not soaked into the hand (this applies mainly to water-based lubricants);
  • If you are a man who uses a masturbator, then you need to apply grease with your fingers on the entrance of the toy and its inner surface. Since most of the masturbators on the other end have a small hole, you hardly want the lubricant to flow out of the sleeve, so you should not get carried away – if necessary, you can always add more lubricant;
  • If the lubricant is dry during use, add more.

How much lubricant is needed?

The amount of lubricant depends on your preference. If the toy does not slide enough, then this most likely means that you need more lubrication. Some people like plentifully greased toys, while others prefer to apply lubricant only to reduce friction. The first time is to experiment with different amounts to find out how you like the most.

Lubricants on the body

Like massage oils, it is undesirable to apply lubricants directly to yourself or your partner – you will feel cold, and many people do not like it. Pre-rub the grease in your palm and heat to body temperature.

Sharing toys

If you use a toy, such as a vibrating erection ring, together with a partner, you need to lubricate everything! Of course, the first step is to apply a lubricant on the penis and then on all the stimulating parts of the ring and the genitals of the second partner.

Today there are many lubricants of different consistencies, colors and even tastes and to find the one that suits you best experimentally. Think about what you need from the lubricant, will you have a negative reaction to it (sometimes flavored lubricants can cause candidiasis), and how will it be used: during sex, masturbation, water games? If you are interested in a particular lubricant, then buy a sample or the smallest tube so that you don’t waste money on the wind if it doesn’t suit you. If you have questions go to lovegasm for more details

You must read the composition

As well, how do you read the composition of the products in the store, carefully study the label lubricant? Avoid synthetic fragrances, parabens and propylene glycol. Also, beware of flavored lubricants – even with the most delicious names! They sound harmless but may surprise you with unwanted side effects.

Not all lubricants are the same.

In principle, there are two main types: water-based and silicone. It can even be a mixture of both! Honor on the tube, with some types of condoms they can be used. Silicone lubricants are the most slippery, in contrast to the water base , which is more sticky and does not stay on the skin for very long. Also, silicone lubricants are hypoallergenic, which for some may be the principal point. But water-based lubricants are more natural and better combined with organic body fluids.

You can check it on hand

In the sex shop, there must be a tester so that you can try a lubricant – of course, so far only on your hands. So you will understand, how comfortable lubrication felt on the skin, sticky or not , and of how easy it is then washed off.

How Many Products Are Made Out of Latex

Latex is characterized above all by a high elasticity. Which results in an ability to adapt to the most fruitful environment? Both properties form a hard and flexible material at the same time, widely used in the manufacture of mattresses and other comfort surfaces. Breathability is another of the most used features, as well as durability and it’sin deformable nature.

Where does latex come from?

Health is one of the fields that most resorts to the use of latex.


Since its discovery in 1736 by the French botanist Charles Marie de la Cond amine, the use of latex has spread to more than 40,000 products from different fields. As for example, the sanitary field. All the prevention items used in the hospital are made of rubber: gloves, masks, probes, enemas, catheters, plasters. The textile industry has also taken an incredible advantage of this element, especially in the sports and bathing environment. The characterization and make-up, the market for condoms, school equipment and the motor world are other applications related to latex. What products contain latex? Your will know that also.

However, among all of them, alternative medicine stands out, which attributes various healing properties to this ingredient. The effects depend on the plant species from which it comes. In the case of the reddish latex of the genus Croton, we are facing an exceptional scar. Which also helps with stomach ulcers? The latex of the fruit of the papaya is very good to end with the intestinal worms. While the orange variety heals warts and herpes. In the face of all these achievements, we often forget its authentic nature, which in many cases can be harmful to health. Therefore, it is important to know all the varieties beforehand, as well as their main properties and functions.

Latex is a white liquid, a mixture of rubber particles in water. You can process the liquid into rubber. The further processing of rubber depends on the desired properties; rubber has many applications. Rubber is in benches, chairs, cushions, mattresses, boots and bicycle tires and soothers, but rubber bands are also rubber bands. Rubber provides resilience, so you can sit comfortably and your boots are supple.

Current situation

Natural rubber is extracted from the rubber tree: Heave Brasiliensis. Synthetic rubber comes from petroleum. Natural rubber is a mixture of many hundreds of natural rubber particles and proteins. These proteins can cause a (skin) allergy. Some people are allergic to natural rubber. That is why, for example, surgical gloves are used for synthetic rubber.

Natural rubber is much stronger, but on the other hand it also ages faster than synthetic rubber and then, for example, pieces can break off. Or think of an old rubber band; that is sometimes hard and crumbly.

Risk explanation

Products with latex in it are in normal use      Safe   to use for babies, children and adults. Some people are allergic to natural rubber. They react to rubber in a product and suffer from skin rash, itching, bumps or irritated mucous membranes and have a so-called contact allergy.


If you have a contact allergy for natural rubber, it is better to opt for a product made from synthetic rubber. On the label of the product you will find an overview of the ingredients.

Latex allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins that occur in latex. Latex is made from a milky liquid from rubber trees. Latex allergy occurs when the body confuses latex for a harmful substance.

Insight into latex allergy and knowledge of which products contain latex can help prevent allergic reactions.

Latex allergy symptoms

People who are allergic to latex get an allergic reaction in most cases after being in contact with latex allergy and latex gloves latex rubber gloves. Allergic reaction can also be caused by inhaling air containing small latex particles. The particles are released when someone puts on or off latex gloves, for example. Latex allergy symptoms range from mild to severe. It depends on the sensitivity (the severity of the latex allergy) and the degree of exposure to latex. Allergic reaction may worsen with exposure to and contact with latex. For example, people working with latex gloves daily have an increased risk of developing latex allergy symptoms.

Mild latex allergy symptoms

In case of a mild case of latex allergy, the symptoms are usually:

  • Itching
  • Redness and irritation of the skin
  • Hives or skin rashes

Slightly more severe latex allergy symptoms

In a slightly more severe allergic reaction to latex, a number of symptoms are added. In a slightly more serious, but not directly life-threatening case of latex allergy, the symptoms include the following:

  • Running nose
  • Cough
  • To sneeze
  • Hoarse / sore throat
  • Itchy / watery eyes
  • Difficulty in breathing / wheezing

Anaphylactic shock symptoms

Anaphylactic shock can be fatal. Anaphylactic reactions can occur immediately in highly allergic people after exposure to latex. Anaphylaxis, however, rarely occurs with the first exposure to latex.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives or swelling
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • A wheezing
  • Drop of blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • A fast or a weak pulse

When should I consult the doctor about latex allergy?

Seek urgent medical attention immediately if you suspect an anaphylactic reaction.

It is convenient to visit the doctor during a latex allergy reaction. The symptoms themselves can see and examine will help the doctor to make the diagnosis.

  • Causes of latex allergy
  • Latex allergy antibodies
  • In the case of latex allergy, the body makes antibodies.

In latex allergy, the immune system incorrectly identifies latex as a harmful substance. The immune system then makes certain antibodies to combat the allergen. At the next exposure to latex the body makes antibodies again. This signals the immune system to release histamine and other chemicals in the bloodstream. It is the histamine and other substances that cause the symptoms and symptoms. The more exposure to latex, the greater the chance that the immune system starts to react by making antibodies against latex. (The hypersensitivity to a certain allergen is called ‘allergic sensitization’)

How is latex allergy caused?

By breathing latex. Latex products, especially gloves, emit small particles of latex. The particles are released into the air and are inhaled. The amount of latex released from gloves is very different depending on the brand of gloves. For more information, visit Laidtex.