Hidradenitis suppurativa is a condition that causes small, painful lumps to form under the skin; usually the armpits, groin, buttocks, and breasts. This condition usually starts after puberty and continues for many years. The lumps heal slowly, reoccur, and can lead to tunneling under the skin and severe scarring. The degrees of symptoms with hidradenitis suppurativa vary greatly from case to case. Risk factors for developing hidradenitis suppurativa include age, sex race, family history, smoking, but most commonly being overweight. Those with severe symptoms may need consistent treatment with a dermatologist to control symptoms including antibiotics, steroid injections, hormone therapy, retinoids, pain medication, and biologic drugs. Sometimes surgery is needed to help manage the condition.
You Can Get Social Security Benefits for Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Severe cases of hidradenitis suppurativa can cause significant physical pain, limited movement, and infection. Not only is the condition incredibly painful, it can also take a toll on mental well-being. The Social Security Administration recognizes hidradenitis suppurativa as a potentially disabling disease meaning that in order to be considered for disability, the applicant must have symptoms severe enough to keep them out of work for 12 months or longer. Hidradenitis suppurativa is under SSA listing Section 8: Skin Conditions subsection 8.06. The listing requires that the applicant have extensive skin lesions in both underarms, both sides of the groin, or in the perineum AND the lesions must last a minimum of three months even while undergoing treatment prescribed by a physician.
Many people who suffer from hidradenitis suppurativa also have other diseases such as cardiovascular disease, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, or gangrenosum. The combination of conditions can help to establish a claim for disability, but has to be well documented by medical records.
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As with all applications for disability benefits, presentation of extensive medical records is key. These claims are difficult and often denied. Our experienced Social Security attorneys will work alongside of you every step of the way to build a strong case for disability benefits. Contact our office today to learn more.