You may be eligible for disability compensation, if your eczema is severe and makes it difficult to walk or use your hands.
Eczema is a common skin disorder that causes itchiness, redness, dryness, and irritation. Atopic dermatitis is another name for this illness. It usually begins in infancy or early childhood and can last until maturity. Eczema, on the other hand, may affect persons of any age.
Eczema is classified into several categories. The type of eczema you have can influence the sort of rash you get and where it appears on your body. Also sometimes known as atopic dermatitis, is a broad term for a skin disorder characterised by inflamed or irritated skin. Eczema produces itching in the afflicted region, and while it may occur everywhere, the hands, feet, face, and back of the knees are the most commonly affected. Eczema-affected skin appears dry, scaly, and thickened, and may have tiny blisters.
When one or more eczema symptoms occur on the skin, this is referred to as an eczema flare-up. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), studies have revealed that both external and internal variables might contribute to eczema flare-ups. Typical causes include:
- Synthetic fabrics
- Temperature changes
- Chemicals or preservatives found in cleansers and detergents
- Scented products
- Cigarette smoke
- External allergens such as pollens, mold, dust, or dust mites
- Rough scratchy material, like wool
- Food allergies
- Animal dander
- Upper respiratory infections
Managing Eczema Symptoms
While there is no cure for eczema, most individuals may control their symptoms (primarily itchy, occasionally damaged skin) with medicine and by avoiding items that aggravate their skin. Although it is uncommon for eczema symptoms to progress to the degree of severity necessary for impairment, you may be qualified for disability if you have very severe eczema symptoms that cause recurring infections and do not respond to therapy.
SSDI Benefits for Eczema
To be eligible for disability payments based on eczema or another kind of dermatitis, you must provide documentation of a diagnosis of a type of eczema that produced "extensive skin lesions" that lasted at least three months.
Provided you have eczema to the point that you are unable to work, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will automatically give you disability payments if you fulfil the standards outlined in the SSA's "Dermatitis" disability listing. Dermatitis is a broad word encompassing inflammatory skin disorders, and the many forms and causes of eczema come under this umbrella. You must have a diagnosis of a kind of eczema with "extensive skin lesions" that remain for at least three months and are not responding to any recommended therapy to be eligible for disability under the dermatitis listing.
Disability Hearing Appeal After Denial
While acquiring disability for eczema is uncommon, it is possible. To apply for SSI or SSDI benefits, call the SSA at 800-772-1213 or, for SSDI applications only, complete an application online. However, it is probable that you will be refused benefits at the initial application stage and would need to appeal to the hearing state to obtain a judge to consider your case. In such case, we highly recommend you seek professional legal help from our expert disability attorneys.