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Prescription medication
« Reply #300 on: April 12, 2016, 14:25:20 »
Hi guys! I was wondering if I would be allowed into infantry if I have to take 10mg singulair medication for my allergies every night. If I don't take it it doesn't really affect me, but it irritates me and is annoying since I will get a slightly congested nose and a bit of a runny nose. Thanks!

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Re: Prescription medication
« Reply #301 on: April 12, 2016, 14:30:19 »
I was wondering if I would be allowed into infantry if I have to take 10mg singulair medication for my allergies every night.

You may find this discussion of interest,

Allergies in the CF 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=12898.250
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Prescription Medication
https://www.google.ca/search?q=site%3Aarmy.ca+allergic&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-CA:IE-Address&ie=&oe=&rlz=1I7GGHP_en-GBCA592&gfe_rd=cr&ei=yD4NV8r7FsaC8QffgJSwDg&gws_rd=ssl#q=site:army.ca++medication

Prescriptions during BMQ
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=98313.0

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Re: Prescription medication
« Reply #302 on: April 12, 2016, 16:54:36 »
Thanks. I found out a bit more, but I still couldn't find it it would be a disqualification from infantry.

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Re: Prescription medication
« Reply #303 on: April 12, 2016, 17:00:21 »
Thanks.

You are welcome.

You may also find this of interest,

Canadian Armed Forces Medical Standards
http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/about-policies-standards-medical-occupations/index.page

I found out a bit more, but I still couldn't find it it would be a disqualification from infantry.

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Allergies
« Reply #304 on: April 23, 2016, 14:58:19 »
Hello, my names Robert and I'm new to these forums.

So I applied for the reserve and I've done the enterview and all the tests. The only one I had a problem with was the medical. I told the medic I was allergic to sea food (shrimp, lobster and crabs), but I'm not anaphylactic, I only get nauseated and it goes away after 10-15 minutes.

The medic asked me to take a test for allergies to see if I really was and it came out positive. I had a paper to fill in, but the doctor said that if he filled it up I'd get rejected since he said I needed an epipen with me... I do understand it could be "dangerous" for me to be allergic, but I can't see how a shrimp could end up in my mouth. I think that, compared to people allergic to bees or nuts, it's basically harmless. I'm 26 and I haven't eaten sea food for over 20 years. I don't see how I could screw up in the army.

So please help. I seriously want to be in the army; reserve. I believe it'd be a wonderful experience and will help me grow further.

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Allergy Desensitization Therapy
« Reply #305 on: May 06, 2016, 22:02:45 »
Hello, I am looking to join the Canadian Forces and currently my peanut allergy renders me medically unfit for service. However, I have been offered a place in an oral desensitization study which is seeking to reduce the severity of a potential allergic reaction. The trial will last for 1-2 years depending on how well I take to the protein and whether or not I am initially given a placebo. They would start me at roughly 6 mg of peanut protein per day and gradually escalate to 300 mg over a six month period, after which I would be taking that dosage for an additional 6 months as maintenance.

The answer I need (preferably from someone with experience in recruitment) is whether or not this would be acceptable to the Canadian Forces, as 300 mg is the same amount of protein found in a single peanut kernel. My understanding from previous contact with a Canadian Forces Medical Officer is that they would require a successful food challenge to remove the disqualification and this study would technically allow me to meet this requirement.


The drug is called AR101 from Airimmune Theraputics, the study is called PALISADE. In addition to this post I will be getting in contact with my local recruiting office but I felt like I should cast the net as wide as possible. I appreciate any assistance I can get. 

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Re: Allergies in the CF
« Reply #306 on: May 02, 2017, 22:42:32 »
Hey guys,

I'm in a bit of a pickle. I had my medical today and when asked about allergies, I told him I used to have bad cat allergies but after doing immunotherapy now I only get hives and itchy eyes. He asked me if I was currently prescribed any medication for it and i said no (which I'm not). But before I did the immunotherapy, I was prescribed ventolin when I stayed over at friends houses with cats. It never came up in conversation. I'm no longer prescribed it but a friend told me I could be considered to have 'held back info'. I'm just wondering if I should contact the medic about this or not worry about it because I don't use it/not prescribed it anymore?

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Re: Allergies in the CF
« Reply #307 on: May 02, 2017, 23:49:28 »
I haven't eaten sea food for over 20 years. I don't see how I could screw up in the army.
So please help. I seriously want to be in the army; reserve. I believe it'd be a wonderful experience and will help me grow further.

I'm not sure what help you're looking for on here, unfortunately there is no one here that can provide help as the decision for this would ultimately be up the RMO (Medical Officer in Ottawa), but traditionally regardless of which service someone is requesting to join

The answer I need (preferably from someone with experience in recruitment) is whether or not this would be acceptable to the Canadian Forces, as 300 mg is the same amount of protein found in a single peanut kernel. My understanding from previous contact with a Canadian Forces Medical Officer is that they would require a successful food challenge to remove the disqualification and this study would technically allow me to meet this requirement.

Honestly because this is a test trial there is no way of determining how it will affect your suitability; but I imagine it will be much like laser eye surgery for those who didn't meet the eye vision standards - there is a medical process to go through.

I'm in a bit of a pickle. I had my medical today and when asked about allergies, I told him I used to have bad cat allergies but after doing immunotherapy now I only get hives and itchy eyes. He asked me if I was currently prescribed any medication for it and i said no (which I'm not). But before I did the immunotherapy, I was prescribed ventolin when I stayed over at friends houses with cats. It never came up in conversation. I'm no longer prescribed it but a friend told me I could be considered to have 'held back info'. I'm just wondering if I should contact the medic about this or not worry about it because I don't use it/not prescribed it anymore?

Based on what you have stated you were 100% honest during the medical, you answered the questions that were asked of you honestly.  Had the person asked if you ever took medication vice are you currently taking medication and you withheld the information I would agree with your friend.  But the question (based on your statement) was "are you currently taking any medication"?

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Re: Allergy Desensitization Therapy
« Reply #308 on: May 03, 2017, 08:40:55 »
Hello, I am looking to join the Canadian Forces and currently my peanut allergy renders me medically unfit for service. However, I have been offered a place in an oral desensitization study which is seeking to reduce the severity of a potential allergic reaction. The trial will last for 1-2 years depending on how well I take to the protein and whether or not I am initially given a placebo. They would start me at roughly 6 mg of peanut protein per day and gradually escalate to 300 mg over a six month period, after which I would be taking that dosage for an additional 6 months as maintenance.

The answer I need (preferably from someone with experience in recruitment) is whether or not this would be acceptable to the Canadian Forces, as 300 mg is the same amount of protein found in a single peanut kernel. My understanding from previous contact with a Canadian Forces Medical Officer is that they would require a successful food challenge to remove the disqualification and this study would technically allow me to meet this requirement.


The drug is called AR101 from Airimmune Theraputics, the study is called PALISADE. In addition to this post I will be getting in contact with my local recruiting office but I felt like I should cast the net as wide as possible. I appreciate any assistance I can get.

You'll need a letter after the trial attesting to your lack of anaphylactic response to the peanuts for when you apply...so you'd have to go through the trial, hope you're in the non-placebo arm and that all went well.  Until you're declared allergy free, your application will likely fall flat at the medical.

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Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
« Reply #309 on: August 30, 2017, 18:18:19 »
Pretty basic question, but are occasional sneezing type seasonal allergies (hay fever) an okay thing to have going into my medical? Plenty of people have them, just want opinions


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Re: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
« Reply #310 on: August 30, 2017, 18:21:38 »
Pretty basic question, but are occasional sneezing type seasonal allergies (hay fever) an okay thing to have going into my medical? Plenty of people have them, just want opinions


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Re: Allergies in the CF
« Reply #311 on: October 22, 2017, 15:56:05 »
From my understanding, as long as your allergy is not severe enough that it may result in anaphylaxis, you're good to go!



Does anybody know if this holds true?
I had my allergist write me a letter stating I ate cashews/pistachios in front of him with no reaction, along with no evidence of anaphylaxis which would necessitate an epi-pen.
It was also written that I still have a skin reaction of 1+.

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Re: Allergies in the CF
« Reply #312 on: October 23, 2017, 11:49:19 »
Does anybody know if this holds true?
I had my allergist write me a letter stating I ate cashews/pistachios in front of him with no reaction, along with no evidence of anaphylaxis which would necessitate an epi-pen.
It was also written that I still have a skin reaction of 1+.

Only the RMO in Ottawa can tell you for sure.

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Food Allergies (OAS)
« Reply #313 on: January 04, 2018, 02:45:50 »
I have a question regarding allergies. I've done some research with older threads and have come to the conclusion that allergies can and will DQ someone from the process if the CF deems that your allergies will affect your ability to carry out your duties. The reason for the thread is because I apparently have Oral Allergy Syndrome, which is considered a minor form of food allergy, and I cannot find any threads/comments relating to this.

I'm not going to attempt to fully describe what OAS is and how it is caused, but it is essentially caused by the presence of pollen in certain foods rather the food itself. For me, eating certain foods by itself (bananas, apples, peanuts, hazelnuts, etc) causes allergic reactions (severity of it depends on the food) that, while are unpleasant, do not pose a threat to my health or affect me in any real way another than the annoying reaction itself. When these foods are cooked or used as an ingredient, there is no reaction. Furthermore, when the food is ingested and there is a reaction, the reaction almost always dissipates within 10-15 minutes after I stop eating it.

Because this is a medical question I'm not assuming anyone can give me a definitive answer on this, but does anyone think that the CF will put this in the same boat as a regular food allergy, and will DQ/Defer me for it? As I described, the reactions I get from these foods are only irritating/annoying and do not pose a health risk.

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Re: Food Allergies (OAS)
« Reply #314 on: January 04, 2018, 07:41:52 »
That will be up to the CFRG and the Office of the Surgeon General to determine if the condition is unsustainable for military employment.
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Re: Food Allergies (OAS)
« Reply #315 on: January 04, 2018, 11:04:17 »
The reason for the thread is because I apparently have Oral Allergy Syndrome, which is considered a minor form of food allergy, and I cannot find any threads/comments relating to this.

See Reply #98,

after getting test results back from my Allergist, he tells me that I have something called Oral Allergy Syndrome.

See also,

Food allergies
https://www.google.ca/search?rls=com.microsoft%3Aen-CA%3AIE-Address&rlz=1I7GGHP_en-GBCA592&dcr=0&ei=qplOWvn-KOqVjwTM_Y2ADQ&q=site%3Aarmy.ca+%22food+allergies%22&oq=site%3Aarmy.ca+%22food+allergies%22&gs_l=psy-ab.12...14871.16280.0.18833.4.4.0.0.0.0.302.703.2j0j1j1.4.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.0.0....0.rLKU0oegb5o


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