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BACKGROUND Occupational risk for laboratory animal allergy (LAA) is well known, but prevention is often insufficient and new cases keep appearing. METHODS A questionnaire on work-related symptoms was sent to all laboratory animal workers in Kuopio University. Subjects with rhinitis were invited to an examination for LAA, which consisted of an(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) in veterinarians has not been adequately studied. METHODS A questionnaire was sent to 2,000 California veterinarians in 1997; the return rate was 73% (n = 1,415). RESULTS Ninety-six percent (1,353) of the respondents were professionally active and were included in the analyses. Sixty-four(More)
Out of 923 female dental nurses in the Helsinki district, 799 were interviewed using a computer-assisted telephone interview. A structured questionnaire was used to inquire about skin, respiratory symptoms, atopy, work history and methods, and exposure at work. The 328 nurses, who reported work-related dermatitis on their hands, forearms or face, were(More)
Occupational skin diseases are among the most frequent work-related diseases in industrialized countries. Good occupational skin disease statistics exist in few countries. Questionnaire studies are needed to get more data on the epidemiology of occupational skin diseases. The Nordic Occupational Skin Questionnaire Group has developed a new questionnaire(More)
OBJECTIVES The study analyzed skin diseases in a population sample of Finnish farmers descriptively and in the process validated the question "Do you have a skin disease now?" METHODS All farmers from one Finnish municipality were surveyed for dermatoses, first with a questionnaire and then with a clinical examination of those who reported dermatoses.(More)
OBJECTIVES The goal of this study was to determine the prevalence and risk factors of hand dermatosis among farmers. METHODS A questionnaire survey was carried out in a geographically defined sample of the Finnish farming population between the ages of 18 and 64 years (N = 10,847). RESULTS The one-year prevalence of self-reported hand and forearm(More)
BACKGROUND Occupational skin diseases (OSDs) often have considerable medical and occupational consequences. Previous data on prognostic factors have been derived from studies with fairly small sample sizes. OBJECTIVES To determine the medical and occupational outcome in 1048 patients diagnosed with OSD at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and(More)
Occupational diseases of dentists and dental nurses were compiled from the Finnish Register of Occupational Diseases. The cases were recorded during 3 3-year observation periods, namely 1982-1984, 1986-1988, and 1992-1994 (i.e., 9 observation years). The relative risk of developing occupational allergic contact dermatitis in different occupations was(More)
BACKGROUND Long-term follow-up studies on the prognosis and consequences of occupational hand eczema (OHE) and the prognostic risk factors for persistent OHE are sparse. OBJECTIVES To determine the medical and occupational outcome after a follow-up of 7-14 years in 605 patients diagnosed with OHE and to identify the prognostic risk factors for the(More)
Background Sitting in new chairs or sofas has elicited dermatitis in numerous patients in Finland and in the U.K. since autumn 2006. The cause of the dermatitis seemed to be an allergen in the furniture materials. Objectives To determine the cause of the dermatitis in patients with furniture-related dermatitis. Methods Altogether 42 patients with(More)