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Skin Disorders

Our skin is considered the largest organ in the body whose function is to protect and guard humans from microbes and harmful elements. The skin also helps regulate our bodys temperature and is comprised of three layers including the epidermis, the dermis and the hypodermis.

Like other organs which can become diseased, there are a variety of conditions and diseases which can affect the skin. Some of the most common skin disorders include rashes, eczema, dermatitis, dandruff, cellulitis, psoriasis, boils, warts, hives, and herpes. More serious skin disorders can include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, and shingles.

Depending on the severity of the skin disorder, treatment can include oral medication and topical medicines such as ointments, creams, lotions, baths, foams, and powders. Topical medications can cleanse, sooth, dry, and cleanse. They can also reduce inflammation, itching, and infection. Other more serious conditions can be treated with corticosteroids which will reduce swelling, itching, and redness of the skin.

More severe skin disorders such as cancer will require a more aggressive treatment plan. Squamous cell carcinoma, for example, can be treated with Mohs Micrographic Surgery, where a thin layer of tissue around the cancerous spot is removed or excisional surgery, which removes the growth and additional skin. Other common treatments include electrosurgery, cryosurgery, which destroys timorous tissue by freezing it, or radiation, which uses x-ray beams to kill the tumor.

The SSA will evaluate skin disorders under sections 8.00 Skin Disorders and 13.00 Malignant Neoplastic Diseases in the SSA Listing of Impairments. If you have a skin disorder which meets or exceeds one of the conditions outlined in the SSA Listing of Impairments and you meet all of the non-medical requirements for SSDI or SSI, you should be awarded benefits immediately.

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