Psoriasis and Social Security Disability

This post discusses Psoriasis and Social Security Disability. If Psoriasis is preventing you or someone you care for from working read on for how SSA will evaluate your claim.

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that affects the life cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. Via The Mayo Clinic. There are seven types of Psoriasis: plaque (most common), guttate, inverse, pustular, erythrodermic (least common), nail and Psoriatic Arthritis. Via WebMD.

Plaque psoriasis causes dry, red skin lesions covered with silvery scales. While any part of the body can be affected, the elbows, knees and scalp are most common. Via NIH. Guttate (Latin for drop) psoriasis often develops quickly after an infection in people under 30 years old. The plaque is small, red and in the shape of a teardrop. Via NIH.

Inverse psoriasis forms plaque in the folds of your body (armpits, around genitalia, under breasts or on in your groin). These are sensitive body areas and treatment can be a challenge. Via WebMD. Pustular psoriasis can be cyclical, starting with red skin and progressing to pustules and scaling. Pustular can also be broken down into three categories: Von Zumbusch (can be abrupt and life threatening), Palmoplantar pustulosis (occurs on palms and soles) and Acropustulosis (rare but can cause bone changes). Via National Psoriasis Foundation.

Erythrodermic (least common) can be life threatening and cover most of the body. Via the National Psoriasis Foundation. Nail psoriasis – most people who have psoriasis of the nails also have skin psoriasis but a small percentage (5%) do not. Via Emedicinehealth.

Psoriatic Arthritis occurs in some people who have psoriasis. Most people develop psoriasis first but in others the joint problems appear before plaque is seen. Joint pain, stiffness and swelling are the main symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. Via The Mayo Clinic.

There is no cure for psoriasis so control is the goal of treatment. Treatments include topicals, phototherapy and oral medications. Most people can manage their psoriasis, but for others psoriasis can be difficult to control due to the sporadic nature of the disease.

The Social Security Administration can evaluate psoriasis under Listing 8.05, Dermatitis. This listing requires extensive skin lesions that persist for at least 3 months despite continuing treatment as prescribed. 14.09 Inflammatory arthritis can be used for those with Psoriatic Arthritis.

In my experience, the listings are hard to meet and most people are unable to work long before they meet them. The real question is not what you have been diagnosed with, but instead how severe is it?  If your psoriasis is causing itching, burning, pain and discomfort to the point that its stops you from working even after you have followed your doctor’s advice, you may be found disabled.

If you are unable to work due to Psoriasis, file a claim for Social Security Disability as soon as possible and call The Bishop Law Firm. We want to help!

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