ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 053.71

H zoster otitis externa

Diagnosis Code 053.71

ICD-9: 053.71
Short Description: H zoster otitis externa
Long Description: Otitis externa due to herpes zoster
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 053.71

Code Classification
  • Infectious and parasitic diseases
    • Viral diseases accompanied by exanthem (050-059)
      • 053 Herpes zoster

Information for Medical Professionals

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Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 053.71 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Herpes, herpetic 054.9
      • auricularis (zoster) 053.71
        • simplex 054.73
      • otitis externa (zoster) 053.71
        • simplex 054.73
      • zoster 053.9
        • auricularis 053.71
        • ear 053.71
        • oticus 053.71
        • otitis externa 053.71

Information for Patients


Also called: Herpes zoster, Postherpetic neuralgia

Shingles is a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus - the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you have chickenpox, the virus stays in your body. It may not cause problems for many years. As you get older, the virus may reappear as shingles. Although it is most common in people over age 50, anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk.

You can't catch shingles from someone who has it. However, if you have a shingles rash, you can pass the virus to someone who has never had chickenpox. This would usually be a child, who could get chickenpox instead of shingles. The virus spreads through direct contact with the rash, and cannot spread through the air.

Early signs of shingles include burning or shooting pain and tingling or itching, usually on one side of the body or face. The pain can be mild to severe. Rashes or blisters appear anywhere from one to 14 days later. If shingles appears on your face, it may affect your vision or hearing. The pain of shingles may last for weeks, months, or even years after the blisters have healed.

There is no cure for shingles. Early treatment with medicines that fight the virus may help. These medicines may also help prevent lingering pain.

A vaccine may prevent shingles or lessen its effects. The vaccine is recommended for people 60 or over. In some cases doctors may give it to people ages 50 to 59.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

  • Post-herpetic neuralgia - aftercare
  • Ramsay Hunt syndrome
  • Shingles
  • Shingles - aftercare
  • Shingles Vaccine: What You Need to Know (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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