CHRONIC SKIN DISEASES
Chronic skin diseases are skin conditions that are characterized by changes in the appearance of your skin. There will be the formation of blisters, boils, lumps, rashes and a lot more. Not only skin disease will affect your overall health but also your psychological state. The quality of life is greatly affected due to a heightened psychological distress. Usually, individuals with a skin disorder will withdraw socially. It is important to note that though some skin disorder doesn’t have a cure, symptoms can be managed with proper care and treatment.
A chronic disease means a condition that will last 3 months or more. Additionally, chronic diseases can‘t be prevented by vaccines or cured by medications. In skin disorders, the symptoms should last 3 months or more to be considered chronic.
Some of the most common chronic skin disorders are the following:
Dermatitis is a general term used to describe a skin inflammation. It can have many forms and can be caused by several factors. Dermatitis is characterized by the formation of itchy rash on the swollen red skin. Though this skin condition is not contagious, it can cause an individual to feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. There are different types of dermatitis, these include but not limited to:
Atopic eczema – this condition begins in infancy and commonly affects the areas of the body that flexes such as inside the elbows, in front of the neck or behind the knees. It is characterized by rashes that will ooze out fluid and crust over. Flare-ups are common with this type of eczema.
Contact dermatitis – occurs when there is contact with substances that would irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction. The rash formed will burn, sting or itch.
Seborrheic dermatitis – the condition is characterized by scaly patches, red skin, and dandruff. This type of eczema would usually develop in oily areas of the body such as the face, the upper back, and chest area. Flare-ups are also common.
Hidradenitis suppurativa or HS is a skin disease that is characterized by pimple-like bumps in the skin. HS commonly grows in the groin and the underarms. If left untreated the bumps can grow to become deep and becomes painful.
Photosensitivity is a skin disorder that has a marked increase of reactivity of the skin to sunlight exposure. Our skin is equipped to handle sunlight exposure. It can resist the damaging effects of the sun from the skin’s natural pigmentation mechanism. Photosensitivity can be caused by medications and as a complication of certain medical conditions.
The cause of skin disorders can include:
- As a complication of major medical conditions
- Bacteria that are trapped in skin pores
- Fungus or any microorganisms that are living on the skin
- Weak immune system
- As an allergic reaction to certain substances and chemicals
If you think you are suffering from Chronic Skin Disorder you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Chronic Skin Disorder as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).