Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a persistent skin condition characterised by abscesses and scarring.
The cause of hidradenitis suppurativa is uncertain, but it appears to be caused by sweat glands around hair follicles, most typically around the groyne, bottom, breasts, and armpits. The sickness affects more women than men for unknown reasons. One in every 100 people is expected to be affected.
Symptoms might range from moderate to severe. Hydradenitis suppurativa symptoms range from moderate to severe. It causes boil-like lumps, blackheads, cysts, scarring, and pus-leaking channels in the skin.
Narrow channels (sinus tracts) can grow under the skin and break out on the surface, leaking pus. The ailment usually begins with a solid pea-sized lump. This either disappears or ruptures and leaks pus after a few hours or days.
Hidradenitis suppurativa can be very painful. The lumps develop on the skin in the following areas:
- - In the armpits
- - On the bottom and around the anus
- - Under the breasts
- - Around the groin and genitals
The abscesses may also spread to the nape of the neck, waistband and inner thighs. Other isolated areas that have been known to be affected include the front or back of the legs, the sides, the back area and the face.
Some of the lumps may become infected with bacteria, causing a secondary infection that will need to be treated with antibiotics.
Hidradenitis suppurativa usually starts around puberty, but it can occur at any age. It's less common before puberty and after the menopause, which may suggest that sex hormones play a part. According to a research, Hidradenitis suppurativa runs in families in about 1 in 3 cases, most likely to occur in women of older age. In rare cases, hidradenitis suppurativa may be linked to Crohn's disease, particularly if it develops around the groin area and the skin near the anus. Crohn's disease is a long-term condition that causes the lining of the digestive system to become inflamed.
Although for many, the disease can go away with possible treatments such as topical ointments, steroids, surgery, etc, the condition can have a significant impact on a person's everyday life. Having to regularly change dressings and constantly live with the pain and discomfort of the symptoms can affect your quality of life and lead to depression. A person may have significant difficulty to cope with daily functioning if the disease persists for long without responding to treatment.
How to win SSDI benefits for Skin Lesions or Hidradenitis?
Hidradenitis suppurativa is a lifelong, recurring condition that is often difficult to manage. It's important to recognise and diagnose the condition in its early stages to prevent it getting worse. For most patients, it could be easily treated in the early stages, most often controlled with antibiotics. Severe or persistent cases may require surgery, however, it may still recur later on.
Fortunately, the Social Security Administration understands that skin conditions can be debilitating and prevent you from performing adequate work to earn a decent livelihood. Listing [8.06] deals with extensive skin lesions involving both axillae, both inguinal areas or the perineum that persist for at least 3 months despite continuing treatment as prescribed.
Regardless of the kind and origin of your skin problem, the SSA will require the following information:
- - The condition's location
- - The severity of the condition
- - List of stresses that contribute to skin problems
- - The emergence of any lesions or Hidradentitis symptoms
- - Documentation of whether and how the seasons affect your disease
- - A detailed explanation of your ability to function in the absence of unique environmental adaptations
- - A list of any irritants, toxins, or allergies to which you have been exposed such as aerosols, detergents, etc
- - A family history of skin disorders
In general, these elements must be supported by medical records or lab results. Lesions and other skin concerns are evaluated based on their severity and whether their position impairs your ability to do routine work activities such as walking, sitting, standing, lifting, and carrying small weights. In addition, if your condtition prevents you from earning under substantial gainful activity (SGA), you may automatically qualify for the SSDI benefits.
In most circumstances, you will need to demonstrate to your disability examiner (DE) that your ailment has been medically treated and that you have followed all prescribed treatments and therapies. It is critical to continue receiving medical treatment while applying for disability benefits, as this may influence the SSA's decision regarding your benefits.
**Remember, whether or not your impairment responded to the prescriptions, it is wise to keep all medical record, doctor's statements and your employer's statements regarding your disability and its affect on your daily functioning levels in order to win disability benefits.
If you or a loved one has caught a bad skin disorder and are unsure on how to seek disability benefits for skin lesions or hidradentitis suppurativa, you may seek legal help from our expert disability attorneys here.