The skin is the largest organ in the body. One of its primary functions is to provide a barrier. It provides protection from impacts and pressures, temperature changes, disease-causing microorganism, and other harmful chemicals. The skin also acts as a regulator of several aspects of the body. The skin regulates the peripheral circulation and fluid balance through sweat and most importantly the body temperature and the synthesis the Vitamin D.
The skin helps in processing sensations from our surroundings. The skin has billions of nerve cells that help in detecting and relaying changes in the environment. The skin has different nerve cells to process heat, cold, touch and pain. When damage is done to these nerve cells, the skin will lose its ability to feel and process information especially in the affected area.
Any disorders that affect the normal functions of the skin are described in the general term as Skin Disorders or Conditions. Some skin disorders include:
Ichthyosis – is a genetic skin condition that not only affects the individual’s image but also his or her emotional state. The skin disorder is characterized by dry and scaling skin that could grow thick or very thin. The disorder affects any race, gender or age. One a baby has it, it continues throughout their lifetime.
This skin disorder is inherited. It can be passed down from one generation to the next. In order for you to have it, both of your parents should be a carrier of the mutated gene.
Bullous Disease – The bullous disease is a skin disorder characterized by the formation of large, fluid-filled blisters. The blisters often affect skin areas that often flex, examples are the upper thighs, armpits or lower abdomen.
Dermatitis – refers to the inflammation of the skin. It can have many causes and can occur in many forms. Dermatitis is characterized by an itchy rash that is usually red and swollen.
Hidradenitis Suppurativa or HS – is a skin disorder that can worsen over time if left untreated. Patients have described its appearance as pimple-like, with deep-acne like cysts and blackheads. HS grows commonly underarms and in the groin.
Genetic Photosensitivity Disorders – Photosensitivity is the general term used to describe skin disorders that have high or abnormal reaction rate on the skin when exposed to sunlight. However not all photosensitivity diseases are caused by direct exposure to sunlight. There are drugs, medical conditions that can cause photosensitivity, cosmetics and different components that can cause the development of photosensitivity.
Burn – A burn is a type of injury to the skin that is caused by direct long-term exposure to the sun, heat, cold, electricity, chemical or radiation exposure.
Chronic infections of the Skin or Mucous Membranes – Chronic infections of the skin and mucous membranes are infections caused by virus and bacteria.
If you think you are suffering from Skin Disorders you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Skin Disorders 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).