Association of environmental exposure to heavy metals and eczema in US population: Analysis of blood cadmium, lead, and mercury.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


We aim to explore the association between blood heavy metal concentrations of cadmium, lead, and mercury with ever-report of eczema in the US population.


We used NHANES cross-sectional data from 2005-2006. Eczema was measured among 4509 adults and 3898 non-adults. The association between eczema and tertiles of concentrations of cadmium, lead, mercury was estimated using multivariate logistic regression models adjusted for different confounding variables. The estimation was also stratified by gender.


The prevalence of ever-report of eczema was 7.63% in adults and 13.42% in non-adults. None of the heavy metals was significantly associated with increased ORs of eczema after potential confounding variables were adjusted in the models. Our results remained null after stratifying for gender.


Blood cadmium, lead, and mercury were not associated with reports of eczema in general US population.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wei, J; Zhang, JJ; Ji, JS

Published Date

  • January 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 74 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 239 - 251

PubMed ID

  • 29677460

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2154-4700

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1933-8244

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/19338244.2018.1467874


  • eng