Table 3 Occurrence of skin problems
Number (%*) of respondents reporting skin complaints at any time on:
Hand Face Forearm

Occurrence of skin condition
    I have it at the moment 129 (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 between 267 (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 16 296 (60) 78 (16) 95 (19)
Clearance away from work (any part of hand, face, or forearm)
    Yes 356 (73)
    No  75 (15)

*Out of total of 490 reporting a skin problem.

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