Can Severe Eczema Qualify as a Disability?

Can Severe Eczema Qualify as a Disability?

Jennie Lyon

For the majority of people out there, eczema might be nothing but an annoyance. A condition that occasionally pops up when they are stressed out, and will vanish just as quickly as it appeared. Unfortunately, eczema also can manifest in a much more severe form, as many parents of eczema children will tell you. There might be times when a case of eczema can actually be physically debilitating, as flare ups can make walking, manipulating your hands, or even moving at all tremendously painful. In these extreme cases, you might wonder if severe eczema could be counted as a disability, and if it would be possible to get disability benefits because of it. The answer is, it depends.

Treating eczema can get quite expensive. Between steroidal drugs, eczema-safe products, and Eczema Clothing, the costs can add up. Furthermore, eczema is a chronic condition, so treatment costs might be extended indefinitely. If you have an eczema child with severe eczema, they might not even be able to go to preschool, meaning that you would have to stay home with them, further reducing your income. At times like this, disability assistance can make a world of difference.

The Social Security Administration (the SSA) recognizes that eczema, and many other skin conditions, can be severe enough that assistance could be required. That level of assistance, of course, depends on the level of severity. You can find eczema under the disability listing “Dermatitis”. Some of the types of eczema that are recognized by the SSA are Atopic dermatitis (dry, itchy, red patches of skin), Dyshidrotic dermatitis (small, fluid filled blisters on the feet and hands), and Allergic dermatitis (similar to atopic dermatitis, but as a result of an allergy).

The level of social security benefits that you may expect will depend on the severity of the condition, frequency of flare ups, the locations where flare ups usually occur, and how the condition prevents you from working. You should make sure you keep all of your treatment options are well documented with your doctor, so keep detailed records of any purchases of products designed to help with the condition, like our Eczema Rescue Suit or other Eczema Products. You must have been under professional medical treatment for your condition for at least three months prior to your claim in order to quality.

If you or your eczema child is suffering from severe enough eczema to qualify for disability, it might be worth contacting a law office that specializes in disability to give you specific and detailed information about SSA support in your state. Working with a disability attorney shouldn’t cost you any money, unless you are awarded benefits.

Please keep in mind that being awarded disability benefits for severe eczema is not guaranteed. There is a chance that your claim, no matter how serious, will be shot down at the hearing stage. Our advice is to hire a disability lawyer, as this will increase the odds that you will be awarded disability benefits.

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