Hidradenitis suppurativa is a non-contagious skin disease that is highly recurrent and chronic. To date, there is no one proven medicine that is guaranteed to provide the prominent cure for this skin condition, although various medical treatments and products have been proven to be helpful in alleviating the pain and in providing comfort to the affected area in some cases.
In most severe cases, where hidradenitis has spread to large areas, with multiple interconnected sinus tracts and abcesses, the disease is extremely distressing, patients not being able to go to work or school. These cases, according to the SSA qualify for hidradenitis suppurativa disability compensation.
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There are some people who can find relief and treatment faster than others. Some can even experience comfort and healing by using medicines or undergoing a surgical treatment. However, there are some patients who do not quickly respond to the medical treatments that are readily available, Hidradenitis suppurativa becomes a sense of “disability” for them. Hence, this is where the question of one’s validity for an HS disability compensation.
How to qualify for HS disability compensation?
The patient’s medical records will determine if he is qualified for a compensation disability. The physician or the doctor can provide the history of the patient, he can state the medical background of the patient, the duration of the treatment plan, on whether it has shown significant results or the condition has worsen through time. The doctor can provide the prognosis of the patient’s condition, as well as the comments needed if the person is qualified for a HS disability compensation.
The person’s medical records should reflect diagnosis of Hidradenitis suppurativa. Lumps should be found in both sides of the groin and both armpits. The lumps must be extensive enough and has been a skin problem for at least three months. If the lesions are not present in the mentioned parts of the body, they must still be extensive enough and they should have persisted for at least three months.
Apart from one’s medical records, the person’s work background and other personal records are needed to determine if the social security administration can award benefits to the patient. If the patient can experience limitations in his work, then it is a major consideration for awarding the benefits. If the patient becomes limited in performing his job, and it becomes a hindrance for him to do his daily tasks, the patient has a good chance of getting an HS disability compensation.
The person’s age and education are also factors that are being considered for awarding of HS disability compensation. The person’s ability to learn a new job is also being considered. If the patient is literate and is below 50 years old, he is less likely to be granted with HS disability compensation benefits because he can still learn a new job.
This shows that awarding of HS disability compensation is not only based on one’s severity of Hidradenitis suppurativa, but on other important factors as well.