Citation Nr: 18154150
Decision Date: 11/29/18	Archive Date: 11/29/18

DOCKET NO. 17-50 763
DATE:	November 29, 2018
Entitlement to service connection for acne is remanded.
Entitlement to service connection for dermatophytosis (athlete’s foot) is remanded

The Veteran served on active duty from August 1992 to August 1996.  This matter comes before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) on appeal from a September 2016 rating decision of a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office (RO).
This appeal has been advanced on the Board’s docket pursuant to 38 C.F.R. § 20.900(c) (2018). 38 U.S.C. § 7107(a)(2) (2012).
1. Entitlement to service connection for acne is remanded
2. Entitlement to service connection for dermatophytosis (athlete’s foot) is remanded
The Veteran contends that he is currently unable to shave with a razor due to his acne.  He states that he breaks out in his neck area when he shaves. The Veteran’s service treatment records indicate that in February 1996 the Veteran sought treatment for “bumps under the skin” while in service.  Given that the Veteran has not been afforded a VA examination in connection with his claim, the Board finds that one should be provided upon remand.  
Additionally, the Veteran contends that his current athlete’s foot problems began in service and that he has had problems since then.  He reports that he self-medicated his athlete’s foot condition while in service and did not see the need to seek treatment while in service.  The Veteran further asserts that the condition has gotten worse  with symptoms of cracks between his toes, lots of dead skin and odor.  In light of   the above, a VA examination is warranted.
Updated treatment records should also be requested.
The matter is REMANDED for the following actions:
1. Ask the Veteran to provide the names and addresses of all medical care providers who have recently treated him for his acne and athlete’s foot disability.  After securing any necessary releases, the agency of original jurisdiction (AOJ) should request any relevant records identified.     In addition, obtain updated VA treatment records. If any requested records are unavailable, the Veteran and his representative should be notified of such.
2. After records development is completed, the Veteran should be afforded a VA skin examination to determine the nature of his claimed acne and athlete’s foot and to obtain opinions as to whether such are possibly related    to service.  The claims file should be reviewed by the examiner in conjunction with each examination.  All necessary tests should be conducted and the results reported. 
Following review of the claims file and examinations       of the Veteran, the examiner should provide an opinion as to whether it is at least as likely as not (50 percent probability or greater) that any current skin disability,     to include claimed acne and athlete’s foot, arose during service or is otherwise related to service, to include the Veteran’s in-service treatment in February 1996 where he complained of “bumps under the skin” and his report of self-treating athlete’s foot in service.  A rationale for all opinions expressed should be provided.

Veterans Law Judge
Board of Veterans’ Appeals
ATTORNEY FOR THE BOARD	A. Asare, Associate Counsel

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