Eczema - Medical

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Webster, Feb 16, 2014.

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  1. I have a patch of eczema about the size of a £5 note and after trying various creams it's not clearing up. I have my medical next week and was wondering what the implications will be. I had infantile eczema but nothing for years now so It's bad timing as oppose to an actual serious condition. Thanks for any feedback.

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  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Active eczema can be an issue, particularly if prescribed treatment within the last couple of years. The reason for this is because we use synthetic oils and greases on ships, aircraft, vehicles & weapons which can make the condition worse. For obvious reasons, if it is active, you can hardly claim you don't have it.

    Ultimately, it's the medical officers call on the day, but people have been medically discharged from New Entry because of it, even after passing the initial medical.

    Good luck.
  3. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Try a search of
    [h=2]Eczema[/h]in the search box at the top right hand corner
  4. Thanks for the help (Y)

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  5. Ezcema is a benign condition in civvy life, but as NS says we live and work with a lot of chemicals, greases etc that will make it runcriot.

    Active ezcema has a 3 year deferral period following the last recorded symptoms and / or treatment.

    The Dr will make a decision on what they find at your medcial, but it does not look promising. Sorry.

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  6. I meant to say run riot, sorry!

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  7. I have visited a private doctor and been prescribed some steroid cream. I went private this time to avoid it showing up on my records. I have been allergy tested and I'm allergic to dairy protein which apparently has been the cause of my eczema. It's day two and it's clearing up nicely, my medical is approaching soon so il keep you posted for future reference if anybody cares.

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  8. Ok, lets put things in a straight line, 1. You have visited a doctor 'off the books' for your condition. 2. It has been confirmed through testing that you have a reaction to a dairy protein causing the ezcema.

    This means:

    1. You will run out of the cream, which means the condition will return.
    2. You have a condition that you can't control when you join because you have no idea what is in the food from Service sources including rations pack etc.


    3. You have openly declared that you have a condition that may prevent your Service entry, and plan to fraudulently enter the Service by withholding that information.

    I am sure your family will be proud when you are discharged from the RN for being a cheat. Do me (and the rest of the RN) a favour and think again about your potential career.

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  9. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    In short:

    Active eczema = no go
    Food allergy = no go
    Telling porkies to Peterborough AFCO = Not good.
  10. I see what your saying, I wasn't going to hide the fact from the AFCO (they already know) (And it's Camebridge?) I just did't want it on my records as someone mentioned the deferral. I guess il talk to them again and see what they say, otherwise it looks like I need to look down other avenues

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  11. Why don't you get your eczema cleared up with steroids + emollients. You sound like a mild case. Then apply again-it is possible to put eczema into remission for ages.

    Declare everything- the NHS can easily sort this out. Incidentally skin prick allergy +es+s in eczema are a waste of time, as you react to everything

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  12. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    The power of internet diagnosis, eh?

    "You sound like a mild case"

    It needs to be in remission & treatment-free for about three years.
  13. exJenny

    exJenny War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    mild eczema? it's still eczema and a stopper to joining.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2014
  14. As a doctor/ GP have not come across a case of eczema that did not at least intermittent treatment with emollients. If you can persuade the royal naval powers that be to accept that then you have a chance.

    Otherwise you could always go to medical
    School like I did - could earn a fair bit too in the long run. Good luck

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  15. redmonkey

    redmonkey Badgeman Book Reviewer

    Joyika, do you have any experience of the RN recruiting process?

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  16. No-just do the odd army
    Medical form
    Now (guess thats because recruitment low in my area) .Bow down to your superior knowledge on this matter. Know loads about eczema though

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  17. Ok-did not mean to cause any offence. After reading up, like you, recommend they find another career path

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  18. You sound ever so important.
  19. As a tax payer who will end up paying for you to be medically discharged why don't just not bother. Thats as polite as I can put it.
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  20. Hi is this still the case? Treatment free for 3 years? I passed my test last week but was only at the doctors 3 weeks ago for treatment and Steroid cream

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