It’s good know to know what is required when applying for Social Security disability due to skin disorders. Under section 8 of the bluebook, which is a guide that lets the Social Security Administration evaluate an applicants condition, skin disorders is covered and explains everything that is needed to qualify.
The cause of a skin disorder is irrelevant when the SSA is evaluating the condition, but they do require the following information:
- Where the condition is located
- How big the condition is
- Whether or not any lesions are visible
- Any irritants, pollutants, or allergies you’ve been exposed to in the past
- Family history of skin issues
- Documentation of whether or not the changing seasons have an impact on your disease.
- List of stresses that contribute to your skin issues
- A detailed account of your ability to function in the absence of unique environmental adaptations.
Additionally, the SSA needs information about the onset, duration, frequency of flare-ups, and prognosis of your skin disorder, as well as the location, size, and appearance of lesions, as well as your ability to function outside of a highly protective environment. They may need laboratory data (for example, results of a biopsy conducted independently of Social Security disability review or blood tests) or proof from other medically appropriate means to confirm the diagnosis.
The following are the skin conditions included in the Blue Book and the essential requirements for Social Security disability benefits:
Bullous Diseases – You must have skin lesions covering a large area of your body for at least three months.
Burns – To qualify for disability payments due to burns, you must have skin lesions that are likely to continue at least one full year (or have already lasted that long).
Chronic mucous membrane or skin infections – Must have widespread ulcerating or fungating lesions for at least three months.
Dermatitis (term that encompasses a variety of skin disorders) – To qualify for disability, your skin lesions must continue for a minimum of three months.
Genetic Photosensitivity Disorders – If you are born with xeroderma pigmentosum, you are instantly eligible for benefits and will be declared disabled. Otherwise, you must have major skin lesions that have lasted or are projected to stay at least a year or be able to demonstrate that you are unable to function outside of a protective setting for a year or longer.
Hidradenitis Suppurtiva – Both axillae and both inguinal areas must be involved, and the condition must last at least three months.
Ichthyosis – Must have skin lesions covering a large area of your body for three months or longer.
Additional debilitating conditions that qualify for compensation under the skin disorders examination include the following:
- Cellulitis is a type of chronic skin disease.
- Shingles Hidradenitis Suppurativa