is tea bad for eczema

Is Tea Bad For Eczema? Is coffee the answer or is that bad too?

Eczema is a naturally-occurring skin condition for some people which causes patches of dry, hot, red, itchy skin to develop. It happens because of inflammation in your body, which rears its ugly head when you expose it to sources of inflammation or triggers.

There are many things you need to avoid, but is tea one of them? Is Tea Bad for Eczema?

Is Tea Bad for Eczema?

If you suffer from eczema you will know that certain triggers set it off. You could have weeks with no flare up, and then suddenly come up in an itchy red rash because of something you ate, or a type of soap or washing detergent you used, or even the time of year. There are many things you need to avoid, but is tea one of them? Is Tea Bad for Eczema?

Avoiding Triggers

Eczema is a naturally-occurring skin condition for some people which causes patches of dry, hot, red, itchy skin to develop. It happens because of inflammation in your body, which rears its ugly head when you expose it to sources of inflammation or triggers.

The key to managing your eczema is to avoid triggers wherever possible, but this can be difficult. They are everywhere in the environment as well as in food, household chemicals, clothes, beauty products and more. Pet hairs are a big one in our family and we avoid them at all cost.

Read the article below if you love pets but are worried about your allergy to pet hair.

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Also, you can develop new triggers throughout your life, and one day your eczema will be set off by something that you never had a problem with before. (Eczema just keeps you guessing, isn’t that wonderful?!)

The most common eczema triggers to watch out for include:

* Soap

* Make-up and products containing fragrances

* Certain clothes detergents

* Wool and synthetic fibres

* Rough clothing, tags or seams

* Central heating, or being rugged up and overdressed in cold climates

* Household cleaners and other chemicals in the home

* Grass and dust

* Pet hair

* Chemicals such as those in swimming pools

* Heat and sweat

* Stress

Some people have found their eczema gets worse when they eat certain foods, and that it subsequently is better if they avoid these food groups altogether. Possible food triggers could include gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, eggs, and citrus.

Another possible trigger for your eczema could be tea.

Food Intolerance Test Kits Are Great For Reducing Flare Ups

If you think that your eczema flares up and gets worse when you eat a certain food, then you may have an intolerance to something. Get tested with a food intolerance home test kit which makes it easier to avoid those horrible trigger foods. Being armed with the correct information is the key to treating eczema.

Why is Tea Bad for Eczema?

Some eczema triggers are easier to give up than others. If you really love your tea, it could be difficult to accept that you might not be able to keep enjoying your daily cuppa.

Both tea and coffee contain high amounts of salicylates, which is a natural pesticide that unfortunately can trigger eczema for some people.

Black tea also can be high in trace amounts of nickel, which some eczema sufferers also respond badly to. This is present in the soil and transfers into the tea plants whilst they are growing.

Cow’s milk can also be a trigger for some sufferers, so if you like your tea with milk, this might be the problem as well. White sugar can also cause eczema to flare up.

Nickel is a very common problem for people with eczema but is one of the easier triggers to avoid. If you suspect that the brand of tea you are using is high in nickel, you can change to another brand from another part of the world.

You could also switch to another kind of tea, such as green tea. Green tea is high in antioxidants and is actually very good for most people.

is green tea better for eczema

Is Green Tea Better For Eczema Sufferers?

Salicylate Sensitivity

Salicylates are naturally found in many products and are one of the most common things to set off eczema for sufferers. Other symptoms of salicylate intolerance include stuffy nose, hives, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, joint pain, sleep disruption, and asthma.

Globally it isn’t as common an intolerance as gluten or lactose, but is one of the main food problems that eczema sufferers need to be wary of.

You will find salicylates in:

* Fruits: Raisins, prunes, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, grapes, pineapples, plums, oranges, tangerines, strawberries and guava.

* Vegetables: Broccoli, cucumbers, okra, chicory, endive, radish, zucchini, watercress, alfalfa sprouts, eggplant, squash, sweet potato, spinach, artichokes, and broad beans.

* Spices: Curry, aniseed, cayenne, dill, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, clove, mustard, cumin, oregano, pimiento, tarragon, turmeric, paprika, thyme, and rosemary.

* Other sources: Tea, rum, wine, cordials, vinegar, gravies, mints, almonds, water chestnuts, honey, licorice, jam, chewing gum, pickles, olives, food colorings, aloe vera, savory-flavored chips and crackers and fruit flavorings. (Quoted from

Salicylates can also be found in many synthetically produced items including medications, toothpaste, perfume, skin creams, and hair products. It is high in over the counter pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen.

What can you do about it?

If you have a salicylate sensitivity it’s not something that can be tested for medically, it’s just something that you and your doctor can work out using an elimination diet.

The amount of salicylates varies from food to food depending on how they are grown and processed. You may not have a problem with all foods containing salicylates, and may instead just need to give up some of those containing the highest amounts.

If you suspect you might have a problem with salicylates you should talk to your doctor and not just give up all of the possible food culprits, as avoiding all salicylate foods will remove many other nutrient-rich sources from your diet.

Also, salicylates are high in antioxidants and are good for most of us. Complete avoidance of salicylates is very hard to do, and will greatly reduce all sorts of other vitamins and minerals from your diet, so must be closely monitored by your doctor.

You can do some more reading about a salicylate reduced diet in these articles below:

Alternatives to Tea better suited for eczema sufferers

If you discover that your favorite tea is bad for eczema, there are a couple of things you could try instead. Fortunately, there are alternatives to tea and milk, so you can continue to enjoy this daily fix without having to give up too much.

Try switching to another tea supplier from a different part of the world to see if this makes a difference to your eczema. If the inflammation reduces then it may be that you had a problem with the nickel in that brand of tea.

Milk alternatives like soy, rice or nut milk are usually ok – you just need to find one that you like the taste of.

If you are avoiding salicylates, this is a little harder. Regular tea is high in them, while green tea contains about half as much, and herbal teas vary. Chamomile tea and decaffeinated tea still contain some salicylates, but these have much lower levels and might be all right for you.

There is a great table showing the salicylate content of different teas (and all other foods and drinks) here that you may find useful:

You can try carob powder with almond milk as your hot drink pick-me-up rather than tea or coffee.

Other things that may help:

Taking probiotic supplements daily, or eating food that is high in probiotics, such as yogurt miso, and kombucha may reduce the symptoms of eczema. It should be noted that the evidence supporting this is still in its early stages, but it is well worth trying.

Try making a couple of smaller dietary changes and see what works for you. You may not need to give up as much of what you love as you think.