If you or someone you know has a skin disorder such as genetic hypersensitivity, you may have a disability that meets the criteria established by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Listing of Impairments (the “Listings”). The Listing of Impairments lists impairments so severe that they may prevent an individual from performing substantial gainful activity (SGA), defined as work from employment that earns income above a certain threshold each month.
The SSA requires documentation in order to make a decision based on a listing. Any findings must occur within the period under consideration related to a claimant’s application or continuing disability review. This documentation is first and foremost a record of the claimant’s medical evidence, including medically acceptable imaging studies and reports of operations, endoscopy, and pathology to document the severity and duration of a skin disorder. Medically acceptable imaging includes, but is not limited to, x-ray imaging, sonography, CAT scans, MRIs, and radionuclide scans. Any technique used to support the evaluation and diagnosis of a skin disorder must be appropriate.
Social Security assesses the effects of medication, therapy, surgery, and any other form of treatment received by a claimant when it determines the severity and duration of any impairment. While skin disorders often respond to treatment, response to treatment may widely vary. Some impairments may become resistant to treatment over a period of time and some treatments may result in side effects that may limit the claimant from performing gainful activity.
The SSA assesses the effects of any prescribed continuing treatment by determining if there is an improvement in the symptoms, signs, and laboratory findings of a skin disorder, and if any side effects are experienced that result in functional limitations. The SSA requires information to assess the effects of treatment, such as information related to:
- The treatment that has been prescribed including information about the type, dosage, method, and frequency of administration of medication or therapy;
- The response to the treatment;
- Any adverse effects of the treatment; and
- The expected duration of the treatment.
A particular form of treatment or the effects of treatment may be temporary. Usually, the SSA needs sufficient time to elapse to permit it to evaluate the impact and expected duration of treatment and its side effects.
Claimants must follow continuing treatment as prescribed for at least 3 months before it is determined that the impairment meets the requirements of a skin disorder listing. Social Security considers nay specific response to treatment when it evaluates the overall severity of an impairment.
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