Oligohidrosis and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits
What is Oligohidrosis?
Oligohidrosis is a disorder in which you are not able to perspire normally. This is something that you might not think you would have to be concerned about. However, when you are not able to sweat properly, it can actually be life-threatening.
Your body cannot cool itself properly when you are not able to perspire like you should. This can lead to overheating and heatstroke, which can be a fatal condition.
There are two types of sweat glands in your skin. These are apocrine and eccrine glands. Your apocrine glands are located in parts of your body where there are many hair follicles. These are places like your scalp, armpits and groin.
Your eccrine glands are located over nearly all of your body. They go directly to the surface of your skin.
Oligohidrosis is characterized by differing amounts of these sweat glands not working like they ought to. This results in your body not being able to cool itself like it should. Other areas of your body may try to make up for the lack of perspiration by overproducing sweat. What this means is that you may sweat liberally in one area of your body and have little or no perspiration in another part of your body.
Oligohidrosis may be what is known as a primary disorder. This means that it can develop independently of any other condition or disease. Or, oligohidrosis can be a secondary disorder that results from another disease or condition like psoriasis or diabetes.
There are several different things that can cause oligohidrosis. Some of these are:
- Nerve damage - Injuries to your nerves can keep your sweat glands from functioning like they should.
- Dehydration - Interference takes place with your ability to perspire when you become seriously dehydrated.
- Skin damage – There are certain forms of skin damage, such as severe burns that can do damage to your sweat glands.
- Genetic factors – Children who are born with an inherited ailment that is known as hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia have few or not any sweat glands.
- Certain medications – There are several prescription medications that reduce perspiration, such as anticholinergics and antipsychotics.
There are some risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing oligohidrosis
Some of these include:
- Having genetic abnormalities that can result in ailments that interfere with the working of your sweat glands
- Getting certain health conditions that can do damage to your nerves and sweat glands
- Having skin conditions that irritate or inflame your skin may also hurt your sweat glands
- Growing older because your ability to perspire may not work as well as you age.
If your oligohidrosis is mild, you may not even realize that you have this disorder. If your oligohidrosis is more severe, the hallmark sign or symptom of this disorder is little or no perspiration. This absence of sweat may occur:
- Over a large area of your body
- In scattered groups of your body
- In one single area of your body
You may be afflicted with oligohidrosis. Oligohidrosis and/or complications that have resulted from it or other conditions that you have besides this disorder may have led to your disability and be what is preventing you from being able to work.
If this is true, you may have applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of your disability. If the Social Security Administration rejected your application, you may be trying to decide what to do.
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