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.
- 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.
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