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Disability Benefits for Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Recent studies found that skin lesions, which are a symptom of Hidradenitis Suppurativa, can very often be contaminated by dangerous bacteria. These pathogens are linked to skin infections and soft tissue infections.

According to research recently published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, when researchers studied these lesions, and tested for bacterial cultures on some samples, they found bacteria that were specific to skin infections and soft tissue infections. The researchers suggest that antimicrobial therapy for the treatment of Hidradenitis Suppurativa be continued in patients.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a skin condition that is characterized by painful abscesses, which can appear all over the body or only in some parts. Typically however, these lesions occur in those parts of the body that produce a lot of sweat and oil glands. Lesions therefore typically appear in the armpits, pubic area, and inner thighs. A person who suffers from this condition may have chronic inflammation of the skin, and lesions that are painful and filled with pus.

A condition like this is undoubtedly traumatic, but does the person qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that this condition can be disabling, and includes it in its listing of impairments that qualify for benefits. However, in order to qualify for the benefits, certain criteria must be met.

Your lesions must qualify as extensive skin lesions, and must appear in your underarms, groin, or a perineum. These lesions must have been present for a minimum of three months. However, even if your symptoms do not match these, you may still qualify for benefits if you’re able to show that the lesions are painful or disabling enough to impair your ability to work.

To understand if you qualify for disability benefits for Hidradenitis Suppurativa, speak with an experienced Social Security disability benefits attorney as soon as possible.