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Facts about Hidradenitis Suppurativa and Filing for Disability

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1. Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a non-contagious inflammatory skin disease, which generally manifests as painful abscesses, boils or cysts near sweat glands. Inflammation occurs when these sweat glands are blocked, although the cause for the blockage is unknown. Common locations for breakouts to occur are the groin area, armpits, between buttocks and under breasts.

2. Hidradenitis Suppurativa affects nearly one percent of the world’s population. Often those suffering from Hidradenitis Suppurativa go years before being diagnosed, delaying a doctor’s visit out of shame due to the sensitive areas affected by the disease.

3. Hidradenitis Suppurativa is actually a very severe form of acne, and is also called acne inversa. “Inversa” refers to the inverse areas of the body, or areas where skin frequently rubs together.

4. Hidradenitis Suppurativa often affects those who are overweight or obese more harshly, as this increases friction where skin rubs together. Those suffering from Hidradenitis Suppurativa often find relief in wearing loose-fitting clothing to reduce friction.

5. Inflammations caused by Hidradenitis Suppurativa can eventually progress into lesions that drain foul-smelling pus and leave open wounds that are slow to heal. Abscesses can become nearly nine inches in circumference—roughly the size of a baseball.

6. While there is currently no cure for Hidradenitis Suppurativa, inflammation can be controlled through various treatments, including antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs and careful washing. However, nearly one-fourth of those suffering from Hidradenitis Suppurativa have been unable to find a treatment effective in relieving pain and irritation.

7. The most severe cases of Hidradenitis Suppurativa can be treated with surgery, in which all of the affected skin in removed, and healthy skin is grafted in its place. However, this surgery will not prevent the inflammations from occurring in other areas of the body.

8. Women and those between the ages of 13 and 40 are more likely to develop Hidradenitis Suppurativa.

Can you qualify for disability benefits with this condition?

Whether or not you qualify for disability and, as a result, are approved for disability benefits will depend entirely on the information obtained from your medical records. This includes whatever statements may have been obtained from your treating physician (a doctor who has a history of treating your condition and is, therefore, qualified to comment as to your condition and prognosis).

It will also depend on the information obtained from your vocational, or work, history if you are an adult, or academic records if you are a minor-age child. The important thing to keep in mind is that the social security administration does not award benefits based on simply having a condition, but, instead, will base an approval or denial on the extent to which a condition causes functional limitations. Functional limitations can be great enough to make work activity not possible (or, for a child, make it impossible to engage in age-appropriate activities).

Why are so many disability cases lost at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels?

Speaking as a former Disability Claims Examiner, I can state that there are several reasons:

1) Social Security makes no attempt to obtain a statement from a claimant's treating physician. By contrast, at the hearing level, a claimant and his or her disability attorney will generally obtain and present this type of statement to a judge;

2) Prior to the hearing level, a claimant will not have the opportunity to explain how their condition limits them, nor will their attorney or representative have the opportunity to make a presentation based on the evidence of the case. At the hearing level, of course, this is exactly what happens. And a number of disability representatives will also take such steps even earlier, at the reconsideration appeal level;

3) Disability judges, unlike disability examiners who decides cases at the first two levels of the system, can make independent decisions without being overturned by immediate supervisors--which happens frequently.

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