The Listings of Impairments (“listings”) are used by Social Security to evaluate skin disorders that may result from hereditary, congenital, or acquired pathological processes. The types of impairments covered by these listings are Ichthyosis, bullous diseases, chronic infections of the skin or mucous membranes, dermatitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, genetic photosensitivity disorders, and burns.

The following summarizes the impairments and the resulting skin disorders that may qualify as severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity:

Ichthyosis is a heterogeneous family of at least 28 generalized, mostly genetic skin disorders that are characterized by dry, thickened, scaly or flaky skin. In many types of the disorder cracked skin results, which typically resembles the scales on a fish. The word ichthyosis comes from the Ancient Greek (ichthys), meaning “fish.” Extensive skin lesions that persist for at least 3 months despite continuing treatment as prescribed qualify as an impairment considered severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity.

Bullous disease pertains to the presence of bullae, which are elevated, fluid-filled blisters greater than or equal to 10mm. in diameter. Examples of bullous disease include pemphigus, erythema multiforme bullosum, epidermolysis bullosa, bullous pemphigoid, dermatitis herpetiformis. Extensive skin lesions that persist for at least 3 months despite continuing treatment as prescribed qualify as an impairment considered severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity, and therefore qualification for disability benefits.

Chronic infections of the skin or mucous membranes, specifically, extensive fungating or extensive ulcerating skin lesions that persist for at least 3 months despite continuing prescribed treatment qualify as an impairment considered severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity.

Examples of Dermatitis include psoriasis, dyshidrosis, atopic dermatitis, exfoliative dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis). Extensive skin lesions that persist for at least 3 months despite continuing prescribed treatment qualify as an impairment considered severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity.

Hidradenitis suppurativa with extensive skin lesions involving both axillae, both inguinal areas, or the perineum that persist for at least 3 months despite continuing treatment as prescribed qualify as an impairment considered severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity.

Genetic photosensitivity disorders qualify when classified as either Xeroderma pigmentosum or “other genetic photosensitivity disorders” with extensive skin lesions that have lasted or may be expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months, or the inability to function outside of a highly protective environment for a continuous period of at least 12 months. If a claimant has xeroderma pigmentosum, Social Security considers the individual disabled from birth.

Burns with extensive skin lesions that have lasted or may be expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months qualify as an impairment considered severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity.

Electrical, chemical, or thermal burns often affect other body systems such as special senses and speech, as well as the musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, neurological, and mental body system. As a result, the SSA evaluates burns the way it evaluates other disorders that may affect the skin and other body systems, using the listing for the predominant feature of the impairment.

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