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Eczema DQ
Last Post 22 Sep 2018 09:25 PM by CPORJM. 15 Replies.
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02 Nov 2017 02:20 PM
    Hello, I am interesting in joining the CG, but I have eczema and I have heard that was an automatic DQ. I have been prescribed medication for it since the age of 13, it is still active and it is mild to moderate. I was wondering if there was any chance of being granted a waiver, or if they are likely to relax the restrictions in the next few years? I assume I am probably out of luck on this, I have heard waivers are granted very rarely but I was wondering what you guys thought. Thank you.
     
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    02 Nov 2017 02:32 PM
    Sorry, that is an automatic DQ. There are no waivers for eczema. I know it stinks but just consider you are out on patrol, it extends far longer than initially expected. You run out of medication. Hopefully you can understand why that could be a problem. It can be a danger for you.
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    02 Nov 2017 05:10 PM
    That is kind of what I expected, but still disappointing. Thank you for your help. Is this still the case if I know I can deal with it without medication for extended periods of time (albeit somewhat uncomfortably)? I suspect I already know the answer, I just want to make sure that I can't enlist, because I would hate to find out later that I might have been able to. Thank you.
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    02 Nov 2017 07:26 PM
    My understanding is the DQ for eczema is because of the potential life threatening complications that can occur from the small pox vaccine in people with this condition.
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    02 Nov 2017 08:32 PM
    If you're on a prescription med for eczema ( or for any condition, for that matter) you cannot just stop using it. Your doctor needs to state you no longer require it. If you stop using the medication, but your medical records say otherwise, MEPS is going to go with what's in your records. I've included a link to the Department of Defense Medical Standards for Enlistment. This is the guide used by MEPS to determine medical suitability. Look on page 36 for details on eczema https://www.dropbox.com/s/fyomvwxotgrcapr/Medical%20Standards%20for%20Enlistment.pdf?dl=0
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    03 Nov 2017 01:21 AM
    Ah, I see. I only mentioned that it was prescription because I have heard that prescription medication is more likely to be a DQ than OTC, but it is actually just an ointment that the Dr. said to use whenever I need it. So my eczema has never fully gone away, and the medicine helps but I do not depend on it. Does this make any difference? Or do they just not do waivers for eczema in general?
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    04 Nov 2017 11:17 AM
    You can always ask your recruiter to submit a waiver, but do you really want to be in a situation where your eczema is flaring up and you can't do anything about it? Boot camp for example. Or an hours long search and rescue case? I admire your desire to serve, but that just may not be in the cards for you. Best of luck
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    12 Nov 2017 10:12 PM
    Thank you very much for your help. I have one (possibly final) question I ended up going to the dr the other day and asked them about it, it turns out that the eczema is not actually in my medical file and she said there was a treatment recently developed that could cause my eczema to be totally asymptomatic. So, hypothetically, if my eczema went away, the only issue would be the possible issue with the smallpox vaccine, so, I was wondering if everyone in the CG got the vaccine or only certain individuals. And I have seen that there is a small pox vaccine that is safer for individuals with eczema, do you know if that might ever be an option for service members? Thank you. 

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    13 Nov 2017 06:20 AM
    1. I am interested in this treatment. Since I've been in I've developed some sort of inflammatory response to something, so I can tell you, when it's really bad, it sucks. I have to be hopped up on benadryl and as a BM I have to take it only if I don't think im getting Underway.

    I was also primarily only getting it on my hands so working salty wet towing lines in the ultraviolet blazing hot sun of Hawaii also was agitating. At first I would take prednisone to make it clear up, obviously that's not ideal and that's what I think the medical manual doesn't want us to be dependant on because it causes other long term problems. Now i just deal with it, and basically ignore it.

    I don't have any advice other that, you've already told meps about it so it'll be hard for them to forget about it. So maybe ya, check out the treatment (let me know how it goes) and try again.
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    13 Nov 2017 06:21 AM
    Also I don't think we do small pox anymore, at least they aren't showing up with a hole in there arm....
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    14 Nov 2017 10:55 AM
    I will let you know when I get more info about the treatment! I will try to find out if the small pox vaccine will be an issue, but I was actually only just about to contact a recruiter when I read about the DQ so I have not mentioned anything about it to anyone. So, if I can get rid of the eczema, it is good to know I still have a chance of joining down the line.
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    22 Mar 2018 12:26 AM
    This thread is very misleading. I personally know a Coast Guard applicant who is has an approved waiver for eczema and has an approved reservation date for basic training.
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    22 Mar 2018 08:38 PM
    Posted By CoastGuardConsure on 22 Mar 2018 01:26 AM
    This thread is very misleading. I personally know a Coast Guard applicant who is has an approved waiver for eczema and has an approved reservation date for basic training.

    Calling this thread misleading is rather extreme.  No one here is purposely giving bad information.  The Medical Standards for Enlistment Manual clearly states any eczema or atopic dermatitis after the 12th birthday is disqualifying. Because you know one person who got a waiver doesn't mean this thread is inaccurate, misleading, or anything else like that.  The Medical Officer who reviews the medical waiver requests may have felt this applicant's condition wasn't severe enough to disqualify him/her. Each case is different, so to call this thread misleading is quite inaccurate.
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    24 Mar 2018 07:18 AM
    Former Recruiter here..

    The way it was explained to me from the MEPS doctor that eczema is actually a immunodeficiency issue (although a minor one at that) which in it self is often disqualifying.
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    09 Sep 2018 08:41 PM
    Ok I have had eczema for along time. And now there are little signs of the eczema but the thing is I have never had it were people could see it and was wondering if I could stil join or not
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    22 Sep 2018 09:25 PM
    Look here...https://www.dropbox.com/s/fyomvwxotgrcapr/Medical%20Standards%20for%20Enlistment.pdf?dl=0
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