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Dr. Captain, Dermatologist
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I have eczema pompholyx. I also have multiple partners and

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Hey,I have eczema pompholyx. I also have multiple partners and was asked if while in a flare up if it's safe sex for me to be using my hand without a glove? I haven't found anything that says it isn't safe. But wanted to make sure I'm correct in that before I let me parents know.My eczema never opens. It's fairly mild compared to other stories. I get a small cluster of water blisters, they harderen then that hard part comes off after a period of time with healed skin underneath.Thank you!!


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I have read your post and observations, and your question about whether it's safe for you to use your hand without a glove. I will first provide a summary answer to your question, AND, if you would prefer some additional back-and-forth, with additional questions and more details clarified, I'm more than happy to stay around with you, free of any additional cost to you. You can continue to ask questions and receive answers without additional charges.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Great! Thank you Dr. Captain. What's your professional opinion?

The palms of the hands are a very unusual place to contract illnesses, or to aggravate eczema. I think provided you use plenty of lubrication, and minimize your risk of friction to make the eczema worse, you should be fine. I would also recommend caution with the ejaculate, to make sure that doesn't reach the skin, because that too might irritate and cause a flare.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My concern is more around safe sex practices. Could I contract or give an STI or STD while in a flare up? Because the skin is thinner during the stage of blistering.

You are more likely to contract STIs when there is a higher risk of direct blood sharing. There are ways of protecting yourself, namely by adding more barriers... condoms, dental dams... and avoiding sexual contact while you're flaring up... but do your flares occur at your genitalia?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
To be clear: I am getting body fluids on the area where the eczema is flared up.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No they only occur on my hands. So it is not very likely to transmit and STI this way but using a barrier is more cautious? Sorry, just want to be confident when speaking to my partners about this topic because it is a sensitive one.

I see, thank you for the clarification.

of course! I appreciate and respect your position of educating yourself on the risk. The risk of transmission of STIs to areas of flare-ups is less than it would be for mucosal tissues to mucosal tissues (for example, genital-genital contact or genital-oral) but it is not quite as great as if there was contact with areas which did not have skin breakdown. I think the safest approach would be to physical protect any skin that had a flare up, or avoid contact with those areas during a flare up, f at all possible

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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