Are your child’s arms and legs covered in inflamed red patches? Is he kept up at night with intolerable itching? Have you tried hydrocortisone and moisturizing lotions with no relief? He could have a case of severe dermatitis. Although there are several treatment courses available depending on the type of condition your child has, the stressful reality is that they can become very expensive.

You don’t want your child to suffer, but you also need to pay your bills. You’ve missed work with doctor visits and on days your child’s condition is too inflamed for him to go to daycare. Do you have any options that won’t sacrifice his care, but also don’t require you to lose your job? Where can you get help?

Depending on the situation and type of dermatitis suffered, disability aid may be the answer.

Dermatitis Conditions That Could Qualify for Disability Assistance

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that certain skin conditions may be severe enough in children that financial assistance may be required. However, it limits claim approval based on the type and severity of each condition. In the case of skin inflammation conditions, the SSA will consider the following conditions:

  • Psoriasis: an autoimmune disease that causes red, itchy, and scaly patches to appear on the skin. It not only appears painful, but the patches can burn, sting, and bleed causing your child extreme discomfort.
  • Dishydrosis: an uncommon skin condition where very small, fluid-filled blisters appear on the palms of the hands, the sides of the fingers, and the soles of the feet. Not only are the blisters extremely sensitive to the touch, but when aggravated or rubbed, the blisters can pop, releasing the fluid and leaving exposed skin behind.
  • Atopic dermatitis (severe eczema): a condition that causes dry, scaly patches of skin that are extremely itchy. Often the itch is so bad that your child may use carpeting or furniture to scratch it, leading to bacteria and skin infections.
  • Exfoliative dermatitis: a condition that causes red, itchy, flaky skin that can cause hair loss on the arms, legs, and head.
  • Allergic contact dermatitis: a skin condition that causes hives and painful burning when in contact with an allergen. Although a single contact point is generally where the hives manifest, they can spread across the entire body.

Getting the Treatment and Aid Your Child Needs

Treatment for dermatological disorders can be extremely expensive. Not only do they require a host of medications, but the majority of dermatitis symptoms are recurring. Therefore, instead of having a single medical bill, you may wind up having several bills each month depending on the severity and recurrence of the condition. Unfortunately, these bills can quickly add up and force you to choose between treatment and other important expenses.

We don’t think anyone should have to make that choice. This is why we take child disability claims extremely seriously. If your child’s condition warrants disability, we’ll fight to ensure that he gets what he deserves.

If your child is suffering from a painful and embarrassing skin condition, contact us before filing a claim. We’ll make sure all the paperwork is properly filled out and that your claim gets the attention it deserves. Call us now at 888.904.6847 for a free consultation and see how we can help get your family the financial assistance you need. 

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John L. Keefe
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