Skin Infection ICD-10-CM Codes

Familiarize yourself with the ICD-10 code used for skin infection and learn more about its billability, clinical description, synonyms, etc. 

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Skin Infection ICD-10-CM Codes
Skin Infection ICD-10-CM Codes

What ICD-10 Codes are Used for Skin Infection 

The most common ICD-10 CM code for a skin infection that practitioners can use for billing, documentation, and more is L08.89: Local infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissue, unspecified

Is the Skin Infection ICD codes Billable?

Yes, L08.89: Local infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissue, unspecified, is billable. 

Clinical Information

  • Skin infection may range from mild to serious and severity depends on how deep or widespread the infection is on the skin. 
  • Causes of skin infection may be bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi. 
  • Those with a higher risk of skin infections are those with a weakened immune system due to a health condition, medication, or age. 
  • Skin infection symptoms will vary depending on the type, cause, and patient’s health condition. Some common ones include redness on the skin, lesions, pain, tenderness, and, in extreme cases, fever, pus, pain, discoloration, blisters, and swelling. 
  • Practitioners will ask the patient about the symptoms, do a physical exam, and even biopsy skin cells to diagnose a skin infection. 
  • Treatment also depends on the infection’s severity. On the one hand, it can go away independently or with the help of over-the-counter creams. On the other hand, especially for extreme cases, one can take medication that targets the cause such as antivirals, antifungals, etc. 

Synonyms Include:

  • Trypasonomiasis affecting skin
  • Skin problem
  • Abnormal granulation tissue
  • Dactylitis
  • Perineal sinus
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Commonly asked questions

When to use a Skin Infection ICD code?

You can use a skin infection ICD code when you’ve determined the type through examination and tests. 

Is the Skin Infection diagnosis code billable?

Yes, the skin infection diagnosis code is billable. 

What are the common treatments for Skin Infections?

Common treatments include over-the-counter creams for mild cases and medication for more severe cases. 

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