Neurodermatitis and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

Dermatitis herpetiformis

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Dermatitis simply means skin inflammation. However, dermatitis is a blanket term that covers a wide range of disorders.

Neurodermatitis is a chronic (ongoing) type of dermatitis. It is a skin condition in which your skin becomes itchy and scaly. Your skin can thicken and have a leathery texture due to chronic scratching and itching. Neurodermatitis leads to a constant itch-scratch-itch cycle that is hard to break.

Neurodermatitis is known by other names. It is also called scratch dermatitis or lichen simplex chronicus.

Although anyone can get neurodermatitis, it is more common in women than men. Neurodermatitis occurs most often in women between the ages of 30 and 50.

The exact cause of neurodermatitis is not known. However, researchers have determined that exposure to certain triggers increase the risk of getting this condition for some people. For example, neurodermatitis can start with something that irritates or just rubs your skin like a bug bite or tight clothing. Anxiety and stress can be triggers for neurodermatitis. Sometimes, this condition is associated with other skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema or dry skin.

There are several signs and symptoms that you may have with neurodermatitis. Some of these are:

  • A constant itch that causes anxiety (nervous tension) in some people
  • Occurrence in an area of your skin that has already been affected by contact dermatitis or atopic dermatitis
  • Intensely itchy skin that is usually most itchy when you are relaxing or resting
  • Occurrence on any area of your body that you can rub or scratch
  • A vicious itch-scratch-itch cycle that is hard to break.

In turn, the constant scratching can cause some of the following signs and symptoms that include:

  • Visible scratch marks
  • Affected skin turning red, reddish brown or pink
  • Affected skin having a grayish hue when it becomes very thick
  • Small, well-defined, scaly, reddish bumps (plaques)
  • Affected skin getting thick and dark with lines in your skin that becomes prominent
  • The piling up of skin cells that resembles an animal’s horn (a cutaneous horn)
  • Openings in the skin that cause burning pain and makes you more susceptible to infection.

You or a loved one may have neurodermatitis. This condition and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with it may have resulted in you or your loved being disabled and needing financial help.

You or your loved one may have applied for the financial assistance that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by neurodermatitis and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with it. Were you or your loved one denied by the Social Security Administration?

If you or your loved one appeals the denial, remember this. The simple truth is that people who are represented by a disability attorney like the one at are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer working for them.

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