ICD-10 Diagnosis Code A38

Scarlet fever

Diagnosis Code A38

ICD-10: A38
Short Description: Scarlet fever
Long Description: Scarlet fever
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code A38

Code Classification
  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases
    • Other bacterial diseases (A30-A49)
      • Scarlet fever (A38)

Information for Medical Professionals

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code A38 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients

Streptococcal Infections

Also called: Strep

Strep is short for Streptococcus, a type of bacteria. There are two types: group A and group B.

Group A strep causes

  • Strep throat - a sore, red throat, sometimes with white spots on the tonsils
  • Scarlet fever - an illness that follows strep throat. It causes a red rash on the body.
  • Impetigo - a skin infection
  • Toxic shock syndrome
  • Cellulitis and necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease)

Group B strep can cause blood infections, pneumonia and meningitis in newborns. A screening test during pregnancy can tell if you have it. If you do, I.V. antibiotics during labor can save your baby's life. Adults can also get group B strep infections, especially if they are elderly or already have health problems. Strep B can cause urinary tract infections, blood infections, skin infections and pneumonia in adults.

Antibiotics are used to treat strep infections.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

  • Ecthyma
  • Erysipelas
  • Group B streptococcal septicemia of the newborn
  • Group B streptococcus - pregnancy
  • Perianal streptococcal cellulitis
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Scarlet fever
  • Strep throat
  • Streptococcal screen
  • Throat swab culture
  • Toxic shock syndrome

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