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Document ID (ISN)67243
CIS number 96-1332
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 1995
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Susitaival P., Hannuksela M.
Title The 12-year prognosis of hand dermatosis in 896 Finnish farmers
Bibliographic information 1995, No.32, p.233-237. 28 ref.
Abstract 896 Finnish farmers (309 men and 587 women), representing 77% of those reporting hand or forearm dermatosis in a questionnaire survey in 1979, were asked again about their dermatosis and current work in 1991. More than 50% of the study population had left farming since 1979. In 1991, 26% of men and 21% of women had a current dermatosis on the hands or forearms, and altogether, 44% of men and 39% of women reported a hand dermatosis within the preceding 12 months. Significant determinants of persistent hand dermatosis, in a logistic regression model, were continuation of farm work, history of skin atopy, symptoms of metal allergy, and age under 45 years. Handling cattle, e.g. milking, was considered an exacerbating factor of the dermatosis by 37% of those who had milked cattle at some time in their lives. In this group, 75% of hand dermatoses had healed in those who had ceased milking work. The results indicate that ceasing or changing work improves the prognosis of hand dermatosis in farming.
Descriptors (primary) Finland; agriculture; eczema; skin allergies
Descriptors (secondary) long-term study; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases