Discussion in 'ROTC' started by xcrunner177, Mar 11, 2014.
Is contact dermatitis disqualifying? I know eczema is.
Being allergic to poison ivy? No, I wouldn't think so, since it's so common that that would DQ like 2/3 of the population from military service.
Don't worry about DoDMERB until you get to that point. I was like you, all worried, but when it came time to do my physical it was SO simple and fast I couldn't believe it. Also, post questions related to health in the DODMERB subforum
Here is what the Medical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment, or Induction in the Military Services say about eczema and dermatitis. These are disqualifies.
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.
You can find a link to this document in my blog post about DODMERB
Contact dermatitis can be more than being allergic to poison ivy.
I suffered from what the docs called acute atopic dermatitis for years as a young adult - saw multiple dermatologists and tried all kinds of things. Steroids were the only thing that gave consistent relief. After about five years of dealing with it, we installed a household water softener in the home that we owned in Florida, and my problems "magically" went away. In hindsight, I believe my dermatitis was an allergic reaction to soap/laundry detergent that was not completely washing out of clothes.
I can't speak at all as to how this type dermatitis would or would not affect DoDMERB qualifying; I know it affected me fairly severely especially with respect to my ability to exercise.
So if one time I had an episode of contact dermatitis and had to use prescription steroid cream to treat it that is disqualifying?
It's in black and white...I think the key word is recurrent or chronic. Sounds like your case is neither, but you'll need to mention it on your medical history form, and document it if asked (it's called a remedial).
Remember too, that if you are DQ'd, that DQ can still be waived by the gaining service (Cadet Command).
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