Disabling Condition: Skin Disorders

by Editorial Board on August 6, 2014 · 2 comments

in Skin Disorders

Conditions covered include ichthyosis, bullous disease, chronic infections of the skin or mucous membranes, dermatitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, burns.


  1. Do you have skin lesions on your body (which do not respond to treatment)? If so, where?
  2. Do you have skin lesions that flare, i.e. not all the time but episodically?  If so, what is the duration and frequency of flare ups?
  3. Are these skin lesions painful, swell and/or require you to modify your dress and/or apparel?

Our skin is our largest organ, separating us from the outside world and protecting us from bacteria, viruses and extremes in weather. However, this protective coating can itself become diseased or damaged by these same elements.  Many skin disorders are episodic or recurring due to unavoidable exposure.  Social Security will look at the frequency of lesions, outbreaks or flares to determine severity, but does not define how frequently the episodes need to be documented.

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Jason Baez January 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I live with a dabilitating skin disorder called Hydradenitis Supprarativa where their is no cure and I have been operated on multiple times and I am awaiting my next big surgery in April. I have been out of work since July of 2009 and I am awaiting a social security hearing soon. The reason I am sending this comment is because the agony and despair I go thru is tremendous and since this disease is very rare most people don’t understand it except people who are plagued with it. I often tell close freinds that I would not wish this disease on my worst enemy. so if you do have it and feel very alone realize that their are others with it and try your best to go on. Good luck

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