Table 3

Occurrence of skin problems

Number (%*) of respondents reporting skin complaints at any time on:
HandFaceForearm
*Out of total of 490 reporting a skin problem.
Occurrence of skin condition
    I have it at the moment129 (26)48 (10)43 (9)
    Not at moment but in past 3 months 91 (19)29 (6)33 (7)
    3–12 months ago 66 (14)10 (2)24 (5)
    Over a year ago 68 (14)14 (3)24 (5)
Frequency of occurrence
    Only once 49 (10) 9 (2)17 (3)
    Several times with clearance in between267 (55)58 (12)85 (17)
    Permanent problem 73 (15)37 (8)28 (6)
Age at first occurrence
    <5 years of age 48 (10)14 (3)23 (5)
    5–16 years of age 29 (6) 6 (1)10 (2)
    Since age 16296 (60)78 (16)95 (19)
Clearance away from work (any part of hand, face, or forearm)
    Yes356 (73)
    No 75 (15)