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Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Receiving Social Security Disability

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Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a serious disorder that is rare. It is marked by your mucous membranes and skin reacting severely to an underlying cause like infection, illness or medication. With Stevens-Johnson syndrome, cell death causes your epidermis to separate from your dermis. Your skin is the outer covering of your body. Your skin is part of your integumentary system. It is the largest organ of your body and the organ system that protects your body from damage. Your skin is made up of three layers. Each layer is important. The outer layer of your skin is your epidermis. It is the layer on the surface of your skin. New skin cells are made at the bottom of your epidermis. The next layer of your skin is the dermis. It contains tiny blood vessels that keep your skin healthy by removing waste and bringing them the oxygen and nutrients that they need. The third layer of your skin is subcutaneous fat. It helps your body stay warm and absorbs shocks. Stevens-Johnson syndrome occurs most often in adolescents and young adults, although it can happen to anyone at any time. Men have this disorder twice as often as women. Stevens-Johnson syndrome is named after Albert Mason Stevens and Frank Chambliss Johnson. They are the American pediatricians who described this disorder in 1922. The specific cause of Stevens-Johnson syndrome is not always known. As mentioned earlier, it is usually an allergic reaction to an illness, medication or infection. There are several signs and symptoms that may occur with Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Some of these are: §  Skin pain §  Sloughing (shedding) of your skin §  Swelling of your face §  Blisters on your mucous membranes and skin, especially in your nose, eyes and mouth §  Swelling of your tongue §  Hives §  A purple or red rash that spreads within hours to days. If you have this disorder, several days before you see the rash, you may have: You or a loved one may have had Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Complications that have resulted from or the underlying condition that has caused this disorder may be the cause of you or your loved one’s disability. You may need assistance if this is your situation. You may need financial help. You or your loved one may be intending to apply 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 complications that have resulted from Stevens-Johnson syndrome and/or the underlying condition that has caused this disorder. You or your loved one may have already taken this step and been denied by the Social Security Administration. If you or your loved one is planning on reapplying or appealing the denial, think about this important fact. The simple truth is that people who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find at are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer fighting for them.