Skin Problems

Skin conditions can have a number of causes and can range from mild to severe.  Eczema, sometimes referred to as atopic dermatitis, is s common cause of skin lesions.  Due to the durational requirement for disability benefits, a condition must have lasted or can be expected to last for a year or more before it is considered as part of your disability claim.  Therefore, any condition that is temporary will not count as part of your disability claim.  However, if you have chronic skin lesions related to any condition, these could contribute to causing you disabling limitations of function.  For instance, if your lesions are on your hands or elbows they could affect your ability to use your arms and hands to work.  If you also have lesions on your feet then you could be limited to no more than sedentary work.  If you are limited to no more than sedentary work and cannot use your hands, then you are probably qualified for disability benefits.

The Social Security Administration’s listing of impairments contains a set of criteria that determine how severe your dermatitis needs to be in order for you to be considered disabled on the basis of your eczema alone.  Those are listed in Section 8.0 – Skin – Adult.  The term dermatitis refers to any kind of inflammatory skin condition.  If you have any other condition that causes skin lesions, you could also argue that your condition meets or equals the requirements of this listing.  Your skin lesions could be considered disabling if they are extensive.  Skin lesions are considered extensive if they cover an area of the body that you need to use to work such as your hands or if they cover a large area of your body.