Does Long-lasting Hand Dermatosis Have an Influence on Everyday Living Among Teenagers?
Arne Johannisson and Åke Svensson
The purpose of this longitudinal study was to examine a cohort of secondary school pupils, aged 16-19 years (47 females and 18 males) with a 1-year prevalence of hand Dermatosis. The study deals with the pupils' history of atopy, self-reported symptoms, exacerbating factors, protection habits, choice of education programme, self-rated health and impact on everyday life. The results showed that 61.5% of the pupils had a history of atopic dermatitis; 78% did not use protective gloves. Females reported use of corticosteroids more often than males. In all, 60% had not been given information at school about future occupational risks, when choosing education. The cohort changed education programme significantly more often than pupils reporting not having hand Dermatosis. However, the cohort estimated their health as being as good as that of adolescents in the general population. The neglect of risks in choosing a future profession may cause not only suffering for the individual, but also costs for society.