Chronic forms of urticaria are common, often adversely impacting on quality of life. No formal studies have assessed the extent and nature of disability in different types of urticaria.
Although the term "autoimmune" urticaria is increasingly being used for patients with evidence of functional serum autoantibodies, it is still unclear whether it is a purely autoimmune disease. Presently, urticaria is regarded as an autoreactive disease in the form of wheals and auto flare symptoms.
Hypocomplementemic Urticarial Vasculitis (HUV) is an uncommon disorder that causes chronic, severe hives and bigger skin lesions by affecting the small blood vessels directly beneath the skin's surface. Itching, burning, soreness, and discomfort are some of the symptoms. These are merely the most evident symptoms of HUV, but the disease is a systemic (whole-body involvement), autoimmune disease, which essentially means the immune system overreacts and attacks the body's healthy cells.
Other, more serious symptoms may accompany skin disorders, such as fever, joint discomfort and swelling, heart and kidney disease, eye inflammation, and swelling in the deeper layers of the skin. Individuals with HUV are more likely to have Systemic Lupus, Erythematosus, Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sjogren's Syndrome, and Cryoglobulinemia. Some people may also have Hepatitis B or C.
In its early stages, the illness is frequently misdiagnosed. Physicians who notice typical skin symptoms and suspect HUV can confirm the diagnosis by looking for the presence of two other primary components, such as venulitis from a skin biopsy associated with arthritis or inflammation in the eyes in conjunction with a positive C1q antibody test.
What Types of Urticaria Qualify for SSDI Benefits?
Urticaria can be referred to by doctors as either:
- - Acute Urticaria: If the rash clears entirely within 6 weeks,
- - Chronic urticaria : In rare cases, where the rash lasts longer than 6 weeks, typically for several years
- - Urticaria vasculitis: is a considerably rarer type of urticaria that causes blood vessels inside the skin to become inflamed.
In certain circumstances, the weals are more painful, persist longer, and can leave a bruise. In cases where any of the above types get 'severe' enough to prevent a patient from earning under substantial gainful activity (SGA), you would automatically qualify for benefits.
How to Win Disability Benefits for Urticaria
Although the SSA has authorised Hypocomplementemic Urticarial Vasculitis for expedited evaluation and approval in accordance with the Blue Book listing, this does not guarantee that your application will be approved. You must still substantiate your disability claim by presenting an overhaul of full medical documentation in your application.
Even if the claim is for a condition covered by the CAL programme, thorough medical records must be given in every SSD benefits application. In other words, a HUV diagnosis does not negate the necessity for medical records. In fact, all medical documents, including lab and other test results, as well as comments from the various physicians who have treated the ailment, should be included in your application.
What if you do not meet the disability listing symptoms for Urticaria?
Because HUV is a systemic disorder that can impact numerous organs and other sections of the body, your medical records should include information about all medical conditions from which you suffer. Furthermore, because Lupus, OsteoArthritis, and Kidney Disease are common among HUV patients, the SSA will want to evaluate medical records and other documents related to these disorders as well. The more specific your application for SSD benefits, the less likely there will be delays in the review and granting of disability payments. Hence, even if you do not meet the Blue Book listing for Urticaria, you may still qualify through secondary symptoms if your disability examiner analyzes that your disease is indeed severe enough, through your medical residual functional capacity, RFC report.
Navigating through the SSDI process for skin disorders is a complicated and time consuming process. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with chronic urticaria, it would be wise to seek professional help to ensure unnecessary lose of benefits or delays. If you need help submitting an SSDI claim or look for disability guidance for your Appeal's process with urticaria symptoms, you can seek counsel of expert disability attorneys at Law Office of Irene Ruzin.