Allergies/Allergy questions (and waiver info)
Posted 07 April 2003 - 08:07 AM
I've had seasonal allergies since I was a child. I've gotten prescriptions and even did allergy shots for a few years.
I've been allergy and prescription free for about 8 years now (I'm 24). I can cut grass, play softball in Spring etc. with no problems.
I started the allergy shot routine after age 12, but I'm pretty sure my first visit to the doctor about my allergies occurred before age 12. Would I be waiverable?
Otherwise, I have perfect vision and no history of any other medical problems. I'm hoping this one thing won't keep me from flying!
Posted 07 April 2003 - 06:16 PM
I am not a Doc but I would not admit anything that is not affecting you now. I am a pilot and have dealt with plenty of flight Docs, most of them very good. All Navy and Marine pilots go through what we call NAMI WAMI. It is basically the king of medical evaluations in Pensacola Florida. When you get there the first thing you do in the morning is fill out a questionnaire about your medical condition. All kinds of questions about allergies, headaches etc. Some forms even have a question asking if you are breathing just to see if you are actually reading the questions. You see, pilots are known for checking no, whether it is true or not, on almost all questions so they throw in that trick question. My advice is to not admit anything minor that is not affecting you now - allergies included? One question asks if you have ever had allergy problems. Those who said yes spent the rest of the morning getting sticked with every mold, fungus, etc known to man even. Almost everybody has had some level of allergy problems in life. Do not give them a reason to DQ you unless you feel it is significant. Who cares if you had allergies as a kid? You may develop them in the future but then again you may not. Plenty of people fly with allergies. I am not saying to mislead on bigger issues. We had a guy who had eye surgery earlier in life and tried to get by without admitting it. Another had asthma and lied about it. Not smart. Basically, be as honest as you can but use common sense. Get past your physical and then down the line deal with the minor problem if you have to. Good luck
Posted 09 April 2004 - 11:50 PM
I have mild nasal allergies (which I know are a DQ) that I take Claritin pills for. They really only act up in the winter, so in the summer the Claritin isn't really necessary. Thing is that while evidence of an allergy was apparent when I was younger, my doctor didn't put me on Claritin till I was 14 (which kinda would inquire an exception to the "no allergies after 12" rule). :mad: So since there's a possibility that I can just outgrow this allergy by my early-20's, would I have a good chance for a waiver?
Posted 10 April 2004 - 11:26 PM
A220.127.116.11. A verified history of allergic, nonallergic, or vasomotor rhinitis, after age 12.
The waiver guide is very clear for Initial Flying Class 1:
A verified history of allergic rhinitis after age 12 is disqualifying for FCI and IA. In a trained flyer, allergic rhinitis that is mild in degree and unlikely to limit flying activities does not require a waiver. For more significant symptoms, a waiver is possible for continued FCII and III duties, provided symptoms are controlled with the approved modes of therapy without adverse reaction or side effects.
Posted 11 April 2004 - 12:05 AM
Another thing though, would they be more lenient on someone going tanker/airlift than fighter since the tanker/airlift don't have to deal with the oxygen masks?
[ 11. April 2004, 00:07: Message edited by: wannaairlift ]
Posted 11 April 2004 - 12:25 AM
Posted 11 April 2004 - 07:04 PM
OK, so from what you provided it seems that mild can be permissible.
[ 11. April 2004, 19:05: Message edited by: F16PilotMD ]
Posted 13 April 2004 - 10:12 AM
Posted 13 April 2004 - 07:15 PM
Any info is appreciated.
Posted 13 April 2004 - 07:49 PM
I never advocate being dishonest. My line of logic is this...if never tested for allergies and all you have are mild periodic symptoms, that is not a diagnosis of seasonal allergies. Also, just because a drug made you feel better, that is not a diagnosis of seasonal allergies.
There are definitely hairs to be split here...
Posted 14 April 2004 - 10:52 PM
Posted 14 April 2004 - 11:53 PM
Good point F16pilotMD. Come to think of it, I was never "diagnosed" with rhinitis/allergy per se. The doctor just looked at some medical record from a few years before and discovered I had a higher-than normal allergen count. So he gave me Claritin, all is well. Plus, like you mentioned, Claritin being over the counter lessens the severity of the allergies of people who use it.
Posted 15 April 2004 - 03:02 PM
Posted 15 April 2004 - 06:12 PM
I can't tell you why the reg is written the way it is but many issues like this have their roots in the concept that the USAF doesn't want to take on the medical liability/cost of your problem. There are plenty of pilots with waivers for Claritin...they got them after they were 'in' (past the IFC1). That tells me that we're not dealing with 'dangerous'. If it were, I wouldn't advocate a loose interpretation of the reg. Flying a jet isn't worth putting you in unecessary danger.
As far as civilian rules go, your guess is probably as good as mine. They tend to be much, much more modern in their medical decision making. Also, most civilian flying doesn't subject the pilots to the drastic changes in pressure seen in a fighter.
Posted 15 April 2004 - 07:47 PM
Posted 15 April 2004 - 10:45 PM
Why? Tough question. In general, Brooks is very conservative in approving medications for flyers. They require extensive testing, etc and will not simply approve a drug just because it comes from the same family as others. That's my take on it anyway.
Posted 19 April 2004 - 10:24 PM
I believe that only Claritin and Allegra are approved as of now. I have not heard of any others for allergies.
Posted 20 April 2004 - 09:28 AM
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