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Document ID (ISN)105434
CIS number 06-810
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lazarov A., Nevo K., Pardo A., Froom P.
Title Self-reported skin disease in hydrotherapists working in swimming pools
Bibliographic information Dec. 2005, Vol.53, No.6, p.327-331. Illus. 20 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to investigate the risk factors and characteristics of self-reported skin diseases among hydrotherapists. Questionnaires were addressed to 248 hydrotherapists and 190 (76.6%) responded. Data were subjected to statistical analysis. Among respondents (75.8% women and 24.2% men), 44.4% reported the development of a skin disease for the first time after beginning employment at the swimming pool. The most common symptoms included pruritus and erythematous patches affecting mainly the extremities and trunk. Both smoking and increased exposure hours to pool water were independently associated with skin disease, suggesting a dose-response relationship. It is concluded that contact dermatitis should be recognized as an occupational disease in hydrotherapists.
Descriptors (primary) skin diseases; swimming pools; health care personnel
Descriptors (secondary) Israel; smoking; symptoms; length of exposure; itch; eczema; questionnaire survey; erythema
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceIsrael
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Health care services
Entertainment services and sports