ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 078.0

Molluscum contagiosum

Diagnosis Code 078.0

ICD-9: 078.0
Short Description: Molluscum contagiosum
Long Description: Molluscum contagiosum
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 078.0

Code Classification
  • Infectious and parasitic diseases
    • Other diseases due to viruses and Chlamydiae (070-079)
      • 078 Other diseases due to viruses and Chlamydiae

Information for Patients

Skin Infections

Your skin helps protect you from germs, but sometimes it can get infected by them. Some common types of skin infections are

  • Bacterial: Cellulitis and impetigo. Staphylococcal infections can also affect the skin.
  • Viral: Shingles, warts, and herpes simplex
  • Fungal: Athlete's foot and yeast infections
  • Parasitic: Body lice, head lice, and scabies

Treatment of skin infections depends on the cause.

  • Blastomycosis
  • Boils
  • Candida infection of the skin
  • Carbuncle
  • Donovanosis (granuloma inguinale)
  • Ecthyma
  • Erysipelas
  • Erythrasma
  • Gram stain of skin lesion
  • Molluscum contagiosum
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infection
  • Scalded skin syndrome
  • Skin lesion biopsy
  • Skin lesion KOH exam
  • Tinea versicolor

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Viral Infections

Viruses are capsules with genetic material inside. They are very tiny, much smaller than bacteria. Viruses cause familiar infectious diseases such as the common cold, flu and warts. They also cause severe illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, smallpox and hemorrhagic fevers.

Viruses are like hijackers. They invade living, normal cells and use those cells to multiply and produce other viruses like themselves. This eventually kills the cells, which can make you sick.

Viral infections are hard to treat because viruses live inside your body's cells. They are "protected" from medicines, which usually move through your bloodstream. Antibiotics do not work for viral infections. There are a few antiviral medicines available. Vaccines can help prevent you from getting many viral diseases.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

  • Chikungunya virus
  • ECHO virus
  • Enterovirus D68
  • Hand-foot-mouth disease
  • Herpangina
  • Molluscum contagiosum
  • Parainfluenza
  • Roseola

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