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Pemphigus and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

Pemphigus is an autoimmune disorder that causes blistering and raw sores on your skin and mucous membranes. Pemphigus is sometimes associated with the use of Penicillamine.  Penicillamine is a drug that is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and Wilson’s disease. There are three types of pemphigus. These vary in severity. They are: §  Pemphigus vulgaris is the most common form of pemphigus. It occurs when antibodies attack Desmoglein 3, a protein that keeps your cells bound together.  Cells fall apart causing your skin to slough off. This kind of pemphigus can develop at any age. It is rare in children and usually occurs in the middle aged and elderly. Pemphigus vulgaris usually affects people of Jewish, Middle Eastern or Mediterranean descent. §  Pemphigus foliaceus is the least severe of the three kinds of pemphigus. This kind of pemphigus attacks the protein Desmoglein 1, which is found only in the top dry layer of your skin. Pemphigus foliaceus involves crusty sores that usually begin in your scalp. They may move to your face, back and chest. It is not as painful as pemphigus vulgaris, and it is sometimes mis-diagnosed as dermatitis or eczema. §  Paraneoplastic Pemphigus is the most severe and least common type of pemphigus. This type of pemphigus usually occurs in conjunction with a malignancy that is already present. Extremely painful sores develop in your lips, mouth and esophagus. This type of pemphigus is dangerous and can be fatal. The signs and symptoms of pemphigus differ according to which type of the disorder you have. With pemphigus vulgaris blisters usually begin in your mouth and then erupt on your skin. Blisters also may break out on the mucous membranes of your genitals. The blisters are usually painful, but they do not itch. Pemphigus foliaceus usually involves blisters breaking out on your scalp and face, and later on your back and chest. These blister and are crusty and itching, but they are not usually painful. Paraneoplastic pemphigus usually begins with sores in your lips and mouth and in your esophagus. As mentioned above, these sores are very painful. You or a loved one may have pemphigus. This disorder may be the cause of you or your loved one’s disability. It may be the reason why you cannot work. If this is the case, you may need help. You may need financial help. Have you or your loved one applied for that financial assistance from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by pemphigus? Were you or your loved one denied? If you or your loved one plans on appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration, remember this. People who are represented by a dependable disability attorney like the one at are approved more often than those people who are not represented by a lawyer.