Many people wonder if there is a relationship between pesticides and eczema. If your skin develops eczema shortly after being exposed to a pesticide then certainly there may be a connection. However, since pesticides can contain many chemicals, it can be very frustrating trying to figure out exactly which chemical triggered your reaction. If you suffer from eczema, you need to limit your exposure to chemicals as much as possible. When it comes to pesticides and eczema, you need to use common sense.

Eczema is an inflammation of the skin usually caused by an allergic reaction. Eczema skin symptoms are unsightly, but are not contagious. While some cases of eczema are very mild, others can be quite severe. Eczema affects people of all races, age, and gender. Eczema skin symptoms can cause much physical and emotional discomfort. While eczema rash can occur anywhere on the body, it is usually found on the hands, neck, face, and legs. Occasionally there can be eczema rash on the lips. In children it is most common in the creases of the knees, elbows, and wrists. Eczema skin symptoms usually start as an itch that develops into a rash. It is extremely important not to scratch the itch, as this will only make the problem worse.

When it comes to pesticides and eczema, you can never be too cautious. For some people there is definitely a relationship between the chemicals in pesticides and eczema. However, many different things can cause eczema. We will now go over the causes of eczema, the symptoms, and the best treatment options.

Common causes of eczema

The following internal and external factors are the common causes of eczema:

Internal factors

Heredity - A family history of eczema, asthma or hay fever (the strongest predictor) - if both parents have eczema, there is an 80 per cent chance that their children will too.

Foods causing eczema - Dairy/milk and wheat products, acidic fruits, eggs, nuts, seafood, chemical food additives, preservatives and colorings are the most common foods causing eczema. However, since every individual is different, it is possible that almost any food can cause a reaction in any given individual.

Stress - Emotional stress is a well-known trigger of eczema flare-ups. Learning to reduce stress can significantly help the problem.

External factors

Irritants - tobacco smoke, chemicals, paints, bleach, weather (hot and humid or cold and dry conditions) and air conditioning or overheating. Scratchy clothes (like wool) can also irritate the skin. Its best to wear clothes made of soft fabrics like cotton. It is also recommended to wash all new clothing before wearing them.

Allergens - dust mites, feathers, molds, grasses, plant pollens, foods, pet hair, soaps, shampoos and washing powders, and certain cosmetics. Ingredients such as alcohol, astringents, and fragrances may trigger or worsen eczema.

Now that we have discussed pesticides and eczema and the other causes of eczema, we will go over the symptoms.

Symptoms of eczema

The first symptom is severe itchiness.

  • Soon after the eczema rash appears. It starts out as flaky or scaly dry skin on top of reddened, inflamed skin.
  • The rash usually itches and burns. If you scratch, it can ooze and become crusty. This is especially true in young children.
  • In adults, it usually turns into brownish patches that are scaly and thickened.
  • Some people develop bumps that are red. Others develop clear fluid filled bumps. Scratching will make both worse.
  • The skin can harden and crack. This can be quite painful.
  • If not treated, the eczema rash can get worse.
  • It is extremely uncomfortable and can interfere with sleep.

The key to eczema rash treatment is to treat it immediately. The longer you wait, the worse it can become. The worse it gets, the longer it can take for treatments to provide eczema relief.

Now that we have discussed pesticides and eczema, as well as causes and symptoms, we will go over treatment.

The cure for eczema

In order to get eczema relief, you must do two things. The first is to get treatment immediately before your condition worsens. The second is to use the right treatment.

The experts at Healthy Skin Guide have over 40 years of experience treating eczema. Our experts have tested hundreds of eczema medications, natural and conventional. We have found that when it comes to treating eczema, natural treatments work best. Natural treatments work better, and have none of the many side effects of conventional medications.

Conventional medicines only treat the symptoms of eczema. They do not address the fundamental cause. This only provides temporary relief. Also, most traditional medications like hydrocortisone cream contain toxins that build up in the body, and cannot be used long term.

This is why many in the health care field believe eczema is curable only by using the right natural treatments. They believe that treating eczema from the inside and from the outside can reduce or cure it. Treatment from the outside will provide temporary relief, and natural treatments from the inside will help detoxify and rebuild the body, and prevent the problems from coming back in the future. The key is to use the right nature cure for eczema.

There are two steps to eczema treatment and prevention:


The first step in the treatment of eczema is to hydrate the skin and reduce inflammation. Because people that suffer from eczema frequently have bad reactions to chemicals, it is important to use natural treatments. Natural medicines also provide a more soothing effect to the skin. The best eczema natural treatments for hydrating the skin contain the following key ingredients:

Vitamin E Oil - Vitamin E Oil is well known for promoting skin healing and for helping to hydrate the skin. Vitamin E has anti-oxidant properties and also functions to protect cell membranes and helps the body to use selenium and Vitamin K. It is a very helpful, especially with pesticides and eczema.

Hydrocotyle - Hydrocotyl is an herb, which has been used for many centuries for its wound healing and skin rejuvenating properties. It is used to assist in the treatment of eczema, burns and skin ulcers.

Curcuma Tr - contains powerful antioxidant nutrients known as curcuminoids. The active constituent is curcumin, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation by reducing histamine levels and possibly increasing natural adrenal corticoids. It is well known for treating eczema, fungus, itching, psoriasis, rash, warts, and athlete's foot.

Vinca Minor – is a homeopathic remedy that is helpful for skin that is very sensitive, red and sore, with intense itching. It has soothing and healing properties that are especially beneficial for eczema patients. It is a very important, especially when you have pesticides and eczema.

The best eczema cream on the market contains all these important natural ingredients. We recommend it to all of our readers, and have seen excellent results with it. Era Organics Eczema Cream is 100% natural, safe, and manufactured according to the highest pharmaceutical standards.


The second step for treating eczema is to build up your immune system so that you are less likely to suffer from eczema in the future. Building up your immune system will also benefit you in other ways:

  • Help you recover faster from illness.
  • You will have more energy and feel less run down.
  • Your immune system will fight off illnesses helping you get sick less often.
  • Prevent premature degeneration of body cells.

The best way to build up your immune system is to use natural products that contain the following key natural ingredients:

Hypoxis Rooperi (extract of African Potato). Hypoxis contains phytosterols and Sterolins, which help to modulate the effect of the immune system and enhance its performance. It is traditionally used as a convalescent and as a strengthening tonic.

Crataegus oxycanthoides, sometimes known as 'Doringappel' in Afrikaans (Dutch), has powerful antioxidant properties and improves circulation.

Agothosma betulina (buchu) is a urinary antiseptic and possesses diuretic properties. Buchu has been used by the natives of the Western Cape of South Africa for many centuries. It assists the body to rid itself of toxins by stimulating the secretion of retained water. It is a very helpful, especially with pesticides and eczema.

Olea europea (extract of olive leaf) contains oleuropein acid, which is effective against numerous viruses, bacteria and fungi. It has been well known for thousands of years to have positive effects to the skin. It is a very important, especially when you have pesticides and eczema.

We have found a product that contains these and other important natural ingredients. It is the Zenmed Skin Support Supplement. It is 100% natural, safe, and manufactured according to the highest pharmaceutical standards. Follow the link to learn how it helps with the underlying causes of eczema.

This is the best long-term eczema treatment. Our experience has shown that by using these ingredients, you can reduce or eliminate future outbreaks. Remember, the more you do to build up your body and immune system, the better you will feel and the less skin and health problems you will have. These treatments are especially effective for the pesticides and eczema relationship.

Over the years we have seen even the worst cases of eczema significantly eliminated. The key is to use the right natural treatments, and stick to them.

It can sometimes be very difficult to determine the causes of eczema. Pesticides and eczema must be considered. If you have any questions about the causes of eczema, or about pesticides and eczema, please contact us.

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