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Unable to Work Due to Hyperhidrosis: Are Disability Benefits Available?

Published on January 14th, 2019

The extreme sweating caused by hyperhidrosis can make it difficult to maintain employment in a variety of jobs. If you struggle with this condition, you may be able to collect social security benefits. However, it is important to understand that getting benefits with this particular condition can be difficult. Only those with the most extreme symptoms and in the most challenging positions—like older adults—are likely to get approved when extreme sweating is the only health issue they are affected with.

Hyperhidrosis

What is Hyperhidrosis?

This condition is characterized by substantial sweating that is impossible to control and often unpredictable. The areas of the body affected by the condition include:

  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Groin
  • Underarms

There are certain things that are known to stimulate the extreme sweating. These include:

  • Nicotine
  • Caffeine
  • Emotional triggers
  • Odors
  • Audio triggers

The condition may occur on its own, or it may occur along with other conditions like diabetes, congestive heart failure and Parkinson’s disease.

Some individuals respond well to treatments like medication, Botox and surgical procedures, but others do not. For those that do not respond well to treatment, the unpredictable sweating can make it quite difficult to lead a normal life—including working jobs like serving customers and jobs that require holding tools and performing fine motor skills with those tools.

Is it Possible to Get Disability Benefits for the Condition?

Getting benefits based only on extreme sweating is challenging. The condition needs to keep you from being able to work full-time in any type of position for at least a year. There is no official listing for the condition with the SSA. That means that they will need to look at your case and determine if you have the ability to work any kind of job before they will authorize your claim.

Due to the difficulty of getting benefits for extreme sweating, it is advisable to consult with a disability attorney before you apply with the SSA.


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