Dermatitis

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  1. AH2299

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    I just finished my DodMERB exams and the doctor says I have "dermatitis", but it looked very minor with a small patch. However, I read online that dermatitis can be disqualifying.

    This is what I read before and what is disqualifying.
    b. Current or history of atopic dermatitis (691) or eczema (692.9) after the 12th birthday.

    (1) Atopic Dermatitis. Active or history of residual or recurrent lesions in characteristic
    areas (face, neck, antecubital and or popliteal fossae, occasionally wrists and hands).

    (2) Non-Specific Dermatitis. Current or history of recurrent or chronic non-specific
    dermatitis to include contact (692) (irritant or allergic), or dyshidrotic dermatitis (705.81)
    requiring more than treatment with over the counter medications.

    So if I do have non-specific Dermatitis, and I can prove its not requiring more than treatment with over the counter medications am I capable of passing DoDMERB? Also, since I completed the exam, I don't want to get DQ'd next week, can I schedule a personal appointment with the doctor, have a check up to see if I am fine, then send the info to DODMERB? This should remove the lengthy waiver process.
     
  2. 5Day

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    You had active dermatitis at your dodmerb exam?

    If you can get your Dr to diagnosis non specific, non reoccurring dermatitis to be treated with OTC cream. That may be helpful.
     
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    Do you think I can get it before my DoDMERB gets DQ'd and they sent it to AETC for a while long waiver process?
     
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    I don't know about that but you can call and ask. Hopefully they will ask for a remedial where you could supply that doctors diagnosis or they have you go to a specialists.
     
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    My DS was listed with dermatitis by a dermatologist that showed up on one of his medical records that he submitted and was DQ'd for it. We went back to dermatologist office seeing a different PA, who re-examined him and determined that the initial diagnosis that listed the atopic dermatitis was not correct. She composed a letter that stated this and listed that the original diagnosis should have been acute contact dermatitis as there was no evidence of a chronic condition. I also had her add the guidelines listed in this forum to satisfy the waiver criteria:

    8. Waiver criteria – The main focus of all waiver decisions is centered on the ability to train, be commissioned, and be world-wide deployable upon graduation. In applying this objective, some of the questions that are considered are: a) Is the condition progressive? b) Is the condition subject to aggravation by military service? c) Will the condition preclude satisfactory completion of prescribed training and subsequent military duty? d) Will the condition constitute an undue hazard to the applicant or to others the applicant will be charged in leading, particularly under combat conditions?

    After we sent this in, DoDMERB removed the DQ for Dermatitis.

    Hope this helps, IM me if you need anything else and I will do my best to help. Best of luck
     
  7. AH2299

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    Thanks.

    Do you think I can go to the doctor now, get my condition checked out and then send it up to DoDMERB instead of going through the waiver process? Do you think will get DQ'd, though I have no medical history of it and it just showed up on the exam?

    I was able to get in contact with Larry Mullen and this is what he said:
    This is the standard you seem to be concerned about, that if appropriate,
    we will apply= "b. Current or history of atopic dermatitis (691) or eczema
    (692.9) after the 12th birthday.
    (1) Atopic Dermatitis. Active or history of residual or recurrent lesions in
    characteristic areas (face, neck, antecubital and or popliteal fossae,
    occasionally wrists and hands).
    (2) Non-Specific Dermatitis. Current or history of recurrent or chronic
    non-specific dermatitis to include contact (692) (irritant or allergic), or
    dyshidrotic dermatitis (705.81) requiring more than treatment with over the
    counter medications.

    So I don't have it on the face, neck hands area, and mine is very minor so it can probably be treated with over the counter medications. I wonder if they will just let me go for that or ask for additional info or straight DQ me.
     
  8. punisherz1911

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    Though I can only speak to my DS's experience, it seems similar so here is what I know....DoDMERB is very black and white. if it is listed in your records and it is a disqualifying disposition, then you will be DQ'd regardless of history or severity. In the case of my DS he had a skin irritation (from wrestling) that caused the DQ and he had no history of eczema/atopic dermatitis. As a matter of fact, he had no issues during the actual DoDMERB exams, it was because of a listing on a medical record for another condition that it was discovered.

    I suspect that you will have to still go through the waiver process since it will show up on your report. That being said, get all your ducks in a row ASAP so that if/when you do get the DQ, you can send the info back to them immediately. I really do not know if sending before you actually get the DQ letter would be helpful. that seems like a question for Mr. Mullen.

    Best of luck!
     
  9. AH2299

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    I just went to the doctor and they said it was a acute contact dermatitis that is treatable by medicine and not chronic. However, it was a very simple exam without any allergy testing/blood testing/patch testing etc. I sent it up to DoDMERB for review.

    Do you think they will want more extensive exams? When you were DQ'd did they require you to do all sorts of patch testings/allergy testing etc.?
     
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    No DoDMERB did not require anything in the way of testing ....in most cases the academy asking for the waiver will ask for any additional info/testing, but if you already have info in your file that gives them a better picture, then you are good to go. Have the doc write a letter stating that it is contact dermatitis and that there is no evidence of a chronic condition (atopic dermatitis/eczema). This worked well for my DS.

    Best of luck
     

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