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Table 2 Prevalence of health symptoms related to work environments (N = 3024)

From: Evaluating prevalence and risk factors of building-related symptoms among office workers: Seasonal characteristics of symptoms and psychosocial and physical environmental factors

Symptoms Weeklya n/N (%) b Monthlyc n/N (%) b
Tension, irritability, or nervousness 327/2825 (11.6) 245/2825 (8.7)
Tired or strained eyes 286/2800 (10.2) 171/2800 (6.1)
Dry, itching, or irritated eyes 222/2952 (7.5) 121/2952 (4.1)
Feeling depressed 195/2857 (6.8) 179/2857 (6.3)
Unusual tiredness, fatigue, or drowsiness 186/2911 (6.4) 143/2911 (4.9)
Sore or dry throat 108/2919 (3.7) 108/2919 (3.7)
Headache 78/2938 (2.7) 168/2938 (5.7)
Difficulty remembering things or concentration 62/2837 (2.2) 104/2837 (3.7)
Sneezing 52/2828 (1.8) 102/2828 (3.6)
Cough 36/2902 (1.2) 84/2902 (2.9)
Dry or flushed facial skin 36/2974 (1.2) 37/2974 (1.2)
Stuffy or runny nose, or sinus congestion 34/2893 (1.2) 63/2893 (2.2)
Hands dry, Itching, red skin 33/2963 (1.1) 26/2963 (0.9)
Dizziness or lightheadedness 32/2928 (1.1) 65/2928 (2.2)
Nausea or upset stomach 32/2941 (1.1) 65/2941 (2.2)
Scaling/itching scalp or ears 23/2961 (0.8) 26/2961 (0.9)
Shortness of breath 15/2978 (0.5) 32/2978 (1.1)
Chest tightness 15/2995 (0.5) 49/2995 (1.6)
Wheezing 7/3003 (0.2) 17/3003 (0.6)
Totald 721/2597 (27.8) 1330/2666 (42.4)
  1. a A participant experienced the symptom at least 1 day per week in the last 4 weeks that improved when the participant was away from the building
  2. b Data for characteristics were missing for some participants (no response)
  3. c A participant experienced the symptom at least 1 day in last 4 weeks that improved when the participant was away from the building
  4. d At least one of 19 symptoms reported by participants