How are Skin Disorders evaluated by the Social Security Administration (SSA)?
The SSA evaluates skin disorders that may result from hereditary, congenital, or acquired pathological processes. For disorders involving the skin to be considered disabling, they generally must be shown to have persisted for more than 12 months after administration of appropriate treatment.
However, some of these disorders respond only to high doses of medications with possible serious side effects. These side effects must be carefully documented and considered in the overall evaluation of disability.
What are some categories of Skin Disorders?
The following categories of skin disorders are described more in depth on the SSA’s website:
- Bullous diseases
- Erythema multiforme bullosum
- Epidermolysis bullosa
- Bullous pemphigoid
- Dermatitis herpetiformis
- Chronic infections of the skin or mucous membranes
- Atopic dermatitis
- Exfoliative dermatitis
- Allergic contact dermatitis
- Hidradenitis suppurativa
- Genetic photosensitivity disorders
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