A 41 year old Austin, Texas woman was rushed to the hospital after her lunch break at a local business office she was working at.
Mary Wright was at her desk when she experienced what she thought was an allergic reaction that spread across her face and body.
She had experienced these outbreaks in the previous week, but this time she was also having extreme shortness of breath and dizziness. The outbreaks had occurred about 5 other times, just shortly after eating lunch.
Wright had noticed that the outbreaks usually happened on the days she ate a salad for lunch. This time, her coworker grabbed the salad dressing she kept in the break room refrigerator to show the doctor at the emergency room.
Test results showed that she suffered from Seminal Plasma Hypersensitivity, commonly known as a semen allergy. This diagnosis left Wright frustrated and confused.
“I haven’t had sex in over 1 year”, said Wright. “There is no way that could be causing my allergic reaction!”
After further investigation of the salad dressing brought in by the coworker that was clearly labeled, “Mary”, the mystery seemed to not be a mystery anymore.
The salad dressing had been tainted with semen. In an office full of women, and one male coworker, it was easy to figure out who the guilty person was. After being questioned by the police, he finally confessed.
He was arrested, and now faces charges that Mary says she definitely will pursue. Mary does have a few words of advice.
“Never, never, never leave your food in the break room refrigerator unattended,” she said. “I have always heard of stories where people do disgusting things to the food in those refrigerators, urinating in drinks and coffee. But I never thought it would happen to me!”
Mary has recovered from her rashes and sores but does admit she has one concern. “Does this mean I am allergic to ALL semen?” she asked the doctor. “This really isn’t going to be good for my next relationship.”
According to Dr. Reynolds at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, common symptoms of sperm allergy are redness, swelling, pain, itching and a burning sensation. Symptoms usually start about 10 to 30 minutes after contact.
Symptoms can last a few hours or a few days. For some women, the symptoms are localized and they stay in one area. But for others the symptoms can affect their whole body.
They may have hives, swelling, trouble breathing even a life-threatening allergic reaction. But there is hope. For women that are suffering with this allergic reaction, they can be injected with their partners semen under the skin to build up an immunity.