ICD-10 Diagnosis Code L55.2

Sunburn of third degree

Diagnosis Code L55.2

ICD-10: L55.2
Short Description: Sunburn of third degree
Long Description: Sunburn of third degree
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code L55.2

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue
    • Radiation-related disorders of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L55-L59)
      • Sunburn (L55)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code L55.2 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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  • Acute effect of ultraviolet radiation on normal skin
  • Solar erythema
  • Sunburn of third degree

Information for Patients

Sun Exposure

Also called: Sunburn

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are an invisible form of radiation. They can pass through your skin and damage your skin cells. Sunburns are a sign of skin damage. Suntans aren't healthy, either. They appear after the sun's rays have already killed some cells and damaged others. UV rays can cause skin damage during any season or at any temperature. They can also cause eye problems, wrinkles, skin spots, and skin cancer.

To protect yourself

  • Stay out of the sun when it is strongest (between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV ray protection
  • Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds

Check your skin regularly for changes in the size, shape, color, or feel of birthmarks, moles, and spots. Such changes are a sign of skin cancer.

Food and Drug Administration

  • Actinic keratosis
  • Polymorphic light eruption
  • Sunburn

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