Agent Orange: Chloracne
Posted 12 November 2009 - 06:16 AM
Posted 12 November 2009 - 07:17 PM
First, the average Vietnam era doctor would not have diagnosed it as anything other than common acne. Next the time frame for diagnosis and "resolve" was so restrictive that even if diagnosed, any long term problems were not considered by the VA as related to A.O.
In actual fact--
Skin changes due to A.O. exposure persist for a very long time, perhaps for the rest of a veteran's life. A naysayer can easily ascribe the changes to something else, as the VA would likely due in a denial. Some of the symptoms are inflammation of oil and sweat glands, high numbers of very small cysts, straw colored fluid seeping from the skin "pores", white discharge, "onion like" flexible or stiff matter popping out when a "pimple" is squeezed, and so on. The chances are that a veteran would likely find it easier to obtain service connection for presumptive conditions other than cloracne. After, all, unless a veteran has already obtained service connection for something else, it's very likely that the VA would treat cloracne, call it acne, and charge co-pay.
Edited by Chuck75, 12 November 2009 - 07:22 PM.
Posted 12 November 2009 - 08:39 PM
Thanks for the detailed description of the condition. It doesn't sound like much fun.
Posted 12 November 2009 - 11:09 PM
Many surgeries at the VA and outside to remove cyst and leasions.