Peanut Allergy DQ?!

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  1. Skyler_HH65

    Skyler_HH65 New Member

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    Hello, I am getting ready to take a DODMERB for the USCGA, does anyone know if I will get DQ'd? Does anyone have any experience with this? I have a severe peanut allergy, it is anyphylaxtic, I do have prescribed epi pens since I was very young. I found out about my allergy when I was about 1 when I ate a ritz cracker with PB on it and I had a severe reaction. Since then I have never had to use my epi pens. Could I get a waiver. Thanks in advance
     
  2. Humey

    Humey Member

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    I think you are going to have a major issue with it. The issue isnt if you are going to get DQd because you probably will, the question is can you get a waiver. Having said that, dont go by me and wait for some more answers. They DQd for Eczema and that is red itchy skin (underplaying it)

    Try this link https://www.serviceacademyforums.co...received-a-waiver-for-a-peanut-allergy.41144/

    There are probably at least a dozen other threads about this, just do a search
     
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  3. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Here are the DQs regarding allergies from the CGA website:

    "...any history of anaphylaxis to stinging insects, or systemic allergic reactions to food or food additives."

    Source:
    http://www.cga.edu/admissions2.aspx?id=83
     
  4. Falcon A

    Falcon A Member

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    Skyler -- I am not a doctor.
    You will need to describe your condition, on your DODMERB form. You will most likely receive a DQ.

    USCGA will have to decide whether they want to pursue a waiver for you -- that will be based on your competitiveness for appointment.

    We have experience with USMA and AROTC giving waivers for tree nut allergies, but I am uncertain waivers have been given for a peanut allergy -- especially if you have a severe peanut allergy. This is because peanuts are a cheap ready source of protein and are prevelent in MREs and military cooking. (Tree nuts not so much -- they are expensive and limited in use.) The concern is you having a reaction and becoming incapacitated and/or a burden to your unit while engaged in action (or at sea), or having limitations on your ability to deploy.

    We know USAFA and AFROTC will not entertain a waiver for tree nut or peanut allergies unless you can prove via a supervised nut challenge that you are no longer sensitive to the nut.

    We have no experience with USNA, NROTC, USCGA or USMMA on this issue but I suspect they are probably not too different from the what I stated above.

    I have no experience with them, but you might contact "DoDMERB Consultants" . . . you can google them . . . They are a private company and you can pay them to help you with medical advice. Some people have had good results.

    Best wishes to you. Thank you for your willingness to serve.
     
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  5. Tigger

    Tigger 5-Year Member

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    Have you been retested to confirm that you still have the allergy? In some individuals allergies will resolve.

    Good luck.

     
  6. Skyler_HH65

    Skyler_HH65 New Member

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    Yeah, I was retested via skin about a year and a half ago and still test positive.
     
  7. nykaby71

    nykaby71 Member

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    My DD also had a peanut allergy that required carrying of an epipen and received a DQ from DoDMERB.

    I am not a doctor, but based upon our experience with the waiver process and the doctors' help we enlisted, I can tell you that there are more advancements in allergy science to determine reaction that are beyond the skin test. My DD had a positive reaction to skin test and a negative reaction to a full doctor supervised peanut challenge. You can certainly research this phenomenon as it relates to the cross contamination with tree pollens.

    Again, I am not a doctor, but a peanut allergy is a definite DQ. However, it does not mean that it is the end of the road for you. I would suggest you contact a doctor that specializes in this area.

    Best of luck to you.
     
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  8. ArmyMama

    ArmyMama New Member

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    We are so grateful for DODMERB Consultants! Dr. Merchant's help undoubtedly helped DS to navigate the process for Army ROTC and for USMA. Bottom line: Qualified. Definitely google DODMERB Consultants. Knowledgeable, professional, friendly.
     
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