Table 3

Characteristics of ex-hairdressers with occupational hand eczema that left the trade (n=594), either because of hand eczema or for other reasons

Left the trade because of hand eczemaAdjusted OR (95% CI)
Yes (n=307)No (n=287)
Ex-hairdressers with occupational hand eczema
Female98.7 (303/307)97.6 (280/287)0.99 (0.28 to 3.55), p=0.99
Age
31–4012.4 (38/307)11.5 (33/287)1.0 (reference)
41–5050.5 (155/307)45.6 (131/287)0.99 (0.55 to 1.80), p=0.98
51–6037.1 (114/307)41.9 (126/301)
42.5 (122/287)
0.76 (0.41 to 1.39), p=0.37
>600.0 (0/307)0.3 (1/287)
A history of atopic dermatitis17.3 (53/304)7.3 (21/287) 2.21 (1.23 to 3.98), p=0.01
Patch test
Not tested30.3 (93/307)67.2 (193/287)1.0 (reference)
Negative8.8 (27/307)11.5 (33/287)1.68 (0.95 to 2.98), p=0.08
Positive60.9 (187/307)21.3 (61/287) 5.05 (2.31 to 11.02), p<0.001
Allergy
Hair dyes26.1 (80/307)1.7 (5/287) 9.37 (3.43 to 25.61), p<0.001
Preservatives11.7 (36/307)3.1 (9/287)0.89 (0.37 to 2.13), p=0.79
Perfume12.4 (38/307)4.2 (12/286)0.64 (0.28 to 1.48), p=0.30
Nickel33.2 (102/307)12.9 (37/287)0.79 (0.40 to 1.58), p=0.51
Other26.4 (81/307)9.1 (26/287)0.90 (0.45 to 1.80), p=0.77
  • Bold font indicates p<0.05.

  • *The adjusted OR was obtained from a logistic regression model with the outcome ‘I left the trade because of hand eczema’ (yes/no).