This post discusses if you can receive Social Security Disability for Hidradenitis suppurativa. The Bishop Law Firm represents Social Security Disability clients in North Carolina and we do not get paid unless we win your case.

What is Hidradenitis suppurativa?

Hidradenitis suppurativa is a skin condition that causes small painful lumps under the skin in places where the skin rubs together (armpits, thighs, groin and anal area). These lumps can break open and cause tunnels under the skin. The result can be odorous, itching and inflamed pustules. Hidradenitis suppurativa usually starts between the ages of 20 and 29 and in some individuals it worsens with age. Being a woman or having a relative with Hidradenitis suppurativa increases your chances of having it. Infection and scarring are frequent complications (Via Mayo Clinic).

Treatment for Hidradenitis suppurativa

Treatment depends on the severity of the flare. A warm compress, NSAIDS, steroids, hormone therapy and topicals can be used.  Accutane can also be prescribed. If these methods fail biologic injections (like Humira and Remicade) can be given. Surgery (see deroofing) may also be needed but even with surgery the bumps may come back again (Via WebMD).

Social Security Disability for Hidradenitis suppurativa

The most important factor in receiving Social Security Disability benefits is the severity of your illness. Simply being diagnosed with Hidradenitis suppurativa (or any other condition) is not enough to be found disabled. You must show that your impairment is so severe that it prevents you from engaging in substantial gainful activity.

The Social Security Administration can evaluate your Hidradenitis suppurativa in a couple of different ways: Listing 8.06 Hidradenitis suppurativa, the Grids or on the combination of your impairments.

Listing 8.06 requires extensive skin lesions that last for at least 3 months despite following medical treatment. The Grids may offer help for those over 50 years of age with lesions that affect their ability to walk or stand. Also if you have been diagnosed with other related disorders, the combination of your impairments may preclude work for you.

Plainly speaking, you need to have lesions that are not responding to medication or that are recurring at a rate that is making your daily life difficult. If burning, pain, itching and odor are stopping you from working, apply for Social Security Disability for Hidradenitis suppurativa as soon as possible. Delay may cause you to lose benefits!

The Bishop Law Firm represents Social Security Disability clients in Raleigh, Durham, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Smithfield, Louisburg, Chapel Hill, Roanoke Rapids, and surrounding areas in North Carolina. We do not get paid unless we win your case so call us today, (919) 615-3095!