Oral Allergy Syndrome

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Hello Guys!

I have searched far and wide for an answer regarding this however I noticed a tingle in my lips and gums after eating apples and pears etc so I ended up seeing my GP (before the idea of joining the RM came to mind) and a few weeks ago I finally got an allergy test however they also tested me for nuts and pollens etc.

Ive always had hayfever but its come back as a reaction to nuts too! Which is ironic considering days before my allergy test I was necking bags of roasted peanuts on my lunch break at work.... I have eaten nuts my entire life, on their own, in cakes, chocolate bars, literally everything and Ive never had a problem.....

The head allergist called me back to discuss my results and said that It is called Oral Allergy Syndrome which is a cross reaction between the pollen that causes my mild hayfever, it gets onto those nuts and fruits and essentially causes very mild hayfever in my mouth, thus the tingling. I DONT need an epi pen and HAVENT been prescribed one as If the fruits or nuts are cooked or the skins taken off im fine with it, even when theyre raw its only a very very mild tingle for a couple mins max...

Could anyone kindly shed light on whether this would bar my entry or if It were to be made PMU whether theres any tests I can take to prove I can eat nuts without any breathing difficulties and if an appeal would likely to be successful?

Thank you very much


PS Ive put so much work into training for this, if a factor as minor as this stops me itll be painful to say the least
 

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I have eaten nuts my entire life, on their own, in cakes, chocolate bars, literally everything and Ive never had a problem.....

Welcome. Regardless of your never apparently having "had a problem" you now appear to have a formal diagnosis of nut allergy on your medical records.
@The guide or someone else better qualified than I am is best placed to offer advice.
 

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Welcome. Regardless of your never apparently having "had a problem" you now appear to have a formal diagnosis of nut allergy on your medical records.
@The guide or someone else better qualified than I am is best placed to offer advice.

Thanks for the reply.

Apparently its not classed as a "nut allergy" as it all comes under Oral Allergy Syndrome and I have no reaction to them by being near them, touching them etc only when theyre RAW they create a slight tingle but the head allergist stated that I didnt need an Epi Pen as its all cross reactivity with hayfever
 

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Welcome. Regardless of your never apparently having "had a problem" you now appear to have a formal diagnosis of nut allergy on your medical records.
@The guide or someone else better qualified than I am is best placed to offer advice.
This was taken from a medical page online
 

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You are certainly going to have to go through a few medical hoops - if you are to be allowed in - my inclination is to say that Capita will likely make you P8 and an appeal will be required - You will then have to be refered to a Specilaist from an approved list from within the military Medical guidlines (these are approved and other clinicians unfortunatly are not)- if they clear you "may" get approval even after testing- but it will not be a qiuck processand yo may not get the answert you want.
 

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This was taken from a medical page online

As stated by @The guide the only relevant decision makers in this matter are the approved service medical specialists.

Ive always had hayfever but its come back as a reaction to nuts too!

What to do now? In the first instance, if it were me I would make an appointment with my GP to discuss exactly what is now on my medical records after a very broad battery of tests for reactions. Hopefully your GP will also offer some context as well as definition.

I don't have the relevant medical standards for entry but someone here might post the relevant link if they spot this. It may be a helpful document for your GP to scrutinise.

Just to manage expectations though... once the word 'allergy' appears on medical records—or is even mentioned verbally—an application stops dead until the matter is resolved to the satisfaction of the approved service medical specialists.

Best of luck. Let us know how you get on.
 
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