Joining the Army with psorasis

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What kind of twisted pervert are you?
From one ex-monkey to another: probably the same as you! "What happens in the mess . . . etc,etc"
 

Skienzy

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All you can do is apply anyway and see what they say. Theirs is the only opinion which counts - opinions on here are like ********* in that everyone has got one!

Chances are once you've had your medical you will be referred to a dermatologist for a final say on a go/no-go basis. Even if its no-go at this stage you might get told to reapply in two years.

For what its worth I had eczema when I joined, got referred to a specialist who deferred me for two years. I went back, was passed by the dermatologist and ended up serving for 25 years and had eczema in varying degrees for the whole time. I had no restrictions on any deployments.

I also came across people with psoriasis too!

Good luck :)
Thanks for the reply. I applied to join the Regulars 5 years ago.I passed Pre-ADSC but never made it to selection as I got injured and my personal circumstances changed and I decided not to continue with my application. It has bothered me ever since. Never made it to the medical stage and it was never mentioned by my recruiter or any of the training staff I encountered.
 
P!ss off :) Haven't you got any scabs need lifting?!
 
I wonder whether it would be worth me trying to speak to an Army doctor (maybe through the AFCO) and getting their opinion on whether it would bar entry. It only flares up on my face and nowhere else on my body. At least that way I will know for sure.
The trouble from the army's point of view is - as you'll know, that it's so damned unpredictable. The cause isn't fully understood, it can flare up or die away at any time and it doesn't reliably respond to treatment. Even treatment that worked for you last year may not next. And then it can inexplicably vanish only to appear again in a couple of years, having migrated to another part of your body.

Small wonder that the army sees it as a risk!
 

AAGF

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Thanks for the reply. I applied to join the Regulars 5 years ago.I passed Pre-ADSC but never made it to selection as I got injured and my personal circumstances changed and I decided not to continue with my application. It has bothered me ever since. Never made it to the medical stage and it was never mentioned by my recruiter or any of the training staff I encountered.
For what it's worth - I have had psoriasis around my left elbow for years. Nothing worked to clear it (CoalTar soap etc) until I came across a product called Salcura Zeoderm. It's a non-steroid cream, rubbed into the affected area, and cleared up my psoriasis within a couple of weeks with zero recurrence. Give it a try and let us know ...

[I have no financial interest in or connection to this company]
 
The trouble from the army's point of view is - as you'll know, that it's so damned unpredictable. The cause isn't fully understood, it can flare up or die away at any time and it doesn't reliably respond to treatment. Even treatment that worked for you last year may not next. And then it can inexplicably vanish only to appear again in a couple of years, having migrated to another part of your body.

Small wonder that the army sees it as a risk!
I vaguely remember a chap being discharged over it some time ago as although it was a very small area, it stopped him from doing almost anything when it flared up. It was in his groin, imagine that as you do a normal days work without the added bonus of tabbing, digging, CBRN etc
 
I vaguely remember a chap being discharged over it some time ago as although it was a very small area, it stopped him from doing almost anything when it flared up. It was in his groin, imagine that as you do a normal days work without the added bonus of tabbing, digging, CBRN etc
Zackerly!
 
For what it's worth - I have had psoriasis around my left elbow for years. Nothing worked to clear it (CoalTar soap etc) until I came across a product called Salcura Zeoderm. It's a non-steroid cream, rubbed into the affected area, and cleared up my psoriasis within a couple of weeks with zero recurrence. Give it a try and let us know ...

[I have no financial interest in or connection to this company]
Some sufferers swear by going non-cow and drinking Goats' Milk. Personally, I think I'd stick with the psoriasis. Goats milk, cheese etc. Too goaty.
 
PSORASIS?

That reads like 'sore arses' to me. Try the Navy
 

Skienzy

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For what it's worth - I have had psoriasis around my left elbow for years. Nothing worked to clear it (CoalTar soap etc) until I came across a product called Salcura Zeoderm. It's a non-steroid cream, rubbed into the affected area, and cleared up my psoriasis within a couple of weeks with zero recurrence. Give it a try and let us know ...

[I have no financial interest in or connection to this company]
Thanks, I'll look into that. I've had it for years and it's severely knocked my confidence in so many ways. (flaring up before job interviews, relationships etc). Can't hurt to try.
 

AB2020

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Hi all, I’ve just received a message declaring me permanently medically unfit (via RGMD) due to a ‘previous history of psoriasis affecting my hands’.

I have had roughly 2/3 occurrences of psoriasis in the last 8 years usually mild on my elbows with some bits on the backs of my hands.

I’ve looked through JSP 950 and understand that’s why they failed me, but my question is, is there any point in an appeal?

I’ve only ever used creams to treat, it has only affected a tiny area, and I haven’t suffered with it for years. Even when I did have it, it never affected my day to day tasks. However, I’m aware that’s all irrelevant if the army have decided that any incidence of it on hands is a instant fail.

Can anyone help? I can’t get the diagnosis changed so is an appeal likely to be successful?

Thanks
 
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