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Jul 15, 2007
I had an incident when I was twelve where I came out of the water at a local beach and developed hives, then difficulty breathing. An ambulance was called for oxygen, and afterwards I was fine. I was prescribed an Epi-Pen because it was suspected that I had developed cold-induced urticaria (It wasnt the first time I had hives, but the first time with any breathing difficulty). I never used the Epi-Pen, and never had any similar incident (I was no longer prescribed an Epi-Pen after the original expired). I have returned to approx. the same temperature water without any problems. I have no history of asthma or any other allergies, and no longer react to the cold the way that I did when I was twelve. Do you think this will impact a DODMERB decision?
A history of cold related disorders, to include cold urticaria is a disqualification no matter when it occured. The fact that you had difficulty breathing is also of concern. If that was the last time that you had any type of urticaria, or difficulty breathing, then you stand a better chance of getting a waiver.

As I've said before, do not take this to mean that you should not apply. Just be aware of the fact that you may be gathering medical records, and DoDMERB or the waiver authority may request additional testing. It just means that you will have to work a little harder.

If you don't apply you will never know, so I say go ahead and apply, just know up front that you will have a little more work to do.

As always, I'm here to answer any questions that you may have.