ICD-10 Diagnosis Code L56

Other acute skin changes due to ultraviolet radiation

Diagnosis Code L56

ICD-10: L56
Short Description: Other acute skin changes due to ultraviolet radiation
Long Description: Other acute skin changes due to ultraviolet radiation
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code L56

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The code L56 is a "header" and not valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00–L99)
    • Radiation-related disorders of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L55-L59)
      • Other acute skin changes due to ultraviolet radiation (L56)

Information for Medical Professionals

Index of Diseases and Injuries
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    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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