Rhinitis (hayfever) and excema, HELP

luke

War Hero
#1
Boy am I shitting it.

I have just had my medical assessment completed for the 2nd time by my doctor, they first got lost in the post so they've given me the 2nd one to give to the AFCO by hand - and they've filled in loads of stuff I'd never even considered.

# 1 = Rhinitis

Apparently this is a pollen allergy I suffered from in 2001 (can't even remember it :roll: ), which is basically a form of hayfever. I had some anti-hystimines once, never needed em again, and I don't suffer from anything now. Never needed an inhaler or had trouble breathing/seeing, and the Rhinitis wasn't severe.

# 2 = excema

I had 2 bouts of excema in 2003, no problems since

Are either of these grounds for termination of my enlistment?

I'm really shitting myself here :oops:
 
#2
Nope, lots of people in the Army have hayfever this time of year, it is not a problem. Eczema can range from mild to very severe, if it is not a problem for you then it's not a problem for the Army. Don't worry about it.(as long as you're not asthmatic!)
 

luke

War Hero
#3
that's cool, I don't suffer from either eczema or hayfever any more, I used to eat crap food and suffer from colds and the like all the time, now I eat healthily and exercise loads and never have so much as a sniffle even during a high pollen count
 
#4
Providing your hayfever doesn't come complete with a wheeze (symptom of Asthma) you have no problems.
Whilst the AFCO's often appear to be ******* hell bent of preventing people from joining up in the first place, once in the army is loath to get rid of you.
James
 
#5
If you have a concern when filling out the forms, tell them nothing. As per a previous post, the Med staff etc at the Depots and the AFCIO's do appear to bin people on a whim. Quite often the MO's are civvi doctors who always stay firmly on the side of caution and reject candidates. This still happens to those trying to join from the TA who have completed tours 8O

Like many applications for employment, the more questions about suitability for the role the further acceptance and an offer becomes.

If they dont need to know then they dont need to know.... this of course could be viewed as a false attestation, which could call an individuals integrity into question if subsequently found out later.

I hope this has made things more clear :D
 
#9
yannie said:
a word of advise my doctor told me to cut down on protein because these causes major problems
You're a hilarious cnut.

Dale - I haven't suffered from hayfever for the last 2 years, probably cos I'm fitter and healthier than I've ever been, I take vitamins every day and eat proper food like fruit and veg, not sweets and other crap.

Quite simply, I don't suffer from hayfever anymore and I'll be ******* gutted if it has any affect on my entry!!
 
#10
Luke, I wouldn't worry too much about hayfever effecting your entry, even if you say you don't suffer effects now. I've suffered from it since junior school, badly, and my medical record from my own doc detailed this, but as I was taking Trilliden (spelt wrong) I was still accepted, and Trillden back in the mid 80's was known for it's very bad side effect of drowseness. As Dale sez, you can buy Beconase over the counter, and this is the best on the market without presciption, so when you do get in and it's the same time as the pollen season, I suggest you buy some as you'll find most of the ATRs are based in countryside locations (loads of pollen!!).
 
#12
Seeing as everyone has been so helpful already, maybe someone can advise me on my situation?
Eager to sign up, but have an interesting medical record. In good health although suffer from hayfever...its fairly bad without antihisthamines, but nothing major. HOWEVER, one of the side effects is wheeziness/ashtma like symptoms....according to my GP, i don't have asthma and NEVER have had it. BUT in the past I have been prescribed asthma type drugs to treat it.
Its frustrating as hell, i don't really know how to proceed...the only person I can really talk to seems to be some outsourced call centre girl in Cardiff. What does everyone reckon my chances are? Its made complicated by the fact i don't really want to attend RCB unless I know i stand a chance of getting in! As if my current employer found out i'd risk loosing out on the civi post i'm trying to get. Fu@k thats a bit of a rant! Any comments much appreciated.
 
#13
If you were given the inhalers more thean two years ago for a non Asthma related condition and havent had any since, then I suspect that you would be ok to attend selection. Good Luck.
 
#15
Ashok said:
Seeing as everyone has been so helpful already, maybe someone can advise me on my situation?
Eager to sign up, but have an interesting medical record. In good health although suffer from hayfever...its fairly bad without antihisthamines, but nothing major. HOWEVER, one of the side effects is wheeziness/ashtma like symptoms....according to my GP, i don't have asthma and NEVER have had it. BUT in the past I have been prescribed asthma type drugs to treat it.
Its frustrating as hell, i don't really know how to proceed...the only person I can really talk to seems to be some outsourced call centre girl in Cardiff. What does everyone reckon my chances are? Its made complicated by the fact i don't really want to attend RCB unless I know i stand a chance of getting in! As if my current employer found out i'd risk loosing out on the civi post i'm trying to get. Fu@k thats a bit of a rant! Any comments much appreciated.
Ashok,

If it is your med records Go down to your GP and brief him that you want to join the Army but fear your undiagnosed condition will get in the way. get a refferal to a consultant Chest Physician / lung doctor who can sort you out with a diagnosis / clean bill of health.

At no point say you are wheezy - to anyone - ever.
 
#16
Ashok said:
and if I have used inhalers within the last two years? What if it's not on my medical record? Thanks
If you have used inhalers within the last two years, but its not on your med records you will be fine. If you have used them and it is on record then im pretty sure that the deferral time before you can re-apply could be a maximum of two years. If you have have had any kind of asthma/asthma inhalers I believe the deferral period is four years. Remember though, that if its not on your record, then dont start telling the doc that you were weezy etc, if there is a problem with your breathing then it will show up in the early stages of the medical when you are required to blow into a tube and achieve a certain score with regards to how much air you can exhale. Dont sweat it too much and good luck!
 
#17
So, if I have taken asthma drugs - such as ventolin - (for hayfever, not asthma) within the past two years...then I don't stand a chance?
 
#18
Im no expert mate, but when I was there at the selection center they were treating anyone with any kind of asthma related problem like plague victims. There is only one way to be sure and thats to get to the selection center. If you have been waiting for more than a couple of weeks for a response after you posted your med forms then you can probably expect a letter saying that you have been deferred. Thats the worst case scenario. Keep harrassing your army careers office to chase up the med centre and find out.You still do stand a very good chance of getting in, it might just involve waiting for a little while longer. The very best of luck to you. Keep us updated.
 
#19
From the dim distant depths of my memory, there is a requirement for 4 years Asthma and Inhaler free. If you have been prescribed an inhaler for any othere reason and its showing on your medical records, you need to get a letter from your GP stating categorically that you are not asthmatic. If you suffer eczema too... that may well be a stopper. Wearing NBC/ CBRN and or GIMP suits is not good for your delicate skin and you don't want to join the "Singing Detective" re-enactment society do you?

My strong advice is unless things are on your medical records, then don't mention them if you want to join up. After all, if you've not been diagnosed then you ain't lying are you?
 
#20
Ah, thanks chaps...all been much help. A quick jog down to my friendly careers centre was quite helpful too. Basically, he said "fill in your forms, and you'll probably get back a letter saying no...but then appeal that and get the friendly family doctor to right a nice letter for you. And, touch wood, all will be fine."
My GP said I caregorically don't have Asthma and never have. I have needed a puffer in recent years, but it's not on my medical record. My one worry would be if i needed a puffer whilst doing my initial training.
I seem to pick up on different viewpoints...some people say "once your in, your in...doesn't matter what you have"....others seem to take an opposite viewpoint!
Thanks all for your help, it seems the only thing I can do is go for it and see what happens (and be mostly honest along the way!)
 

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