Skin conditions can reach a level where they are affecting a person's ability to function normally and hold a job. Fortunately, it is possible to receive Social Security Disability for skin disorders. Regardless of the illness the person suffers from, a skin disorder can warrant Social Security Disability benefits for illness provided it meets certain criteria. The Social Security Administration will assess the severity of the disorder and then decide.
The severity of a skin disorder is generally based on skin lesions and their extent, how often they flare up, what the symptoms are, how they limit the person, what treatment is given and how the treatment affects the person. If the skin lesions are extensive, it means that they will be located on multiple areas of the body or a critical area of the body and cause severe limitation. Examples include lesions impeding joint movement, lesions on the palms of both hands and lesions on the soles of both feet or other areas that stop a person from effective ambulation.