ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 698.8

Pruritic conditions NEC

Diagnosis Code 698.8

ICD-9: 698.8
Short Description: Pruritic conditions NEC
Long Description: Other specified pruritic conditions
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 698.8

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue
    • Other inflammatory conditions of skin and subcutaneous tissue (690-698)
      • 698 Pruritus and related conditions

Information for Patients


Also called: Pruritus

Itching is skin tingling or irritation that makes you want to scratch the itchy area. It's a symptom of many health conditions. Common causes are

  • Allergic reactions
  • Eczema
  • Dry skin
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Irritating chemicals
  • Parasites such as pinworms, scabies, head and body lice
  • Pregnancy
  • Rashes
  • Reactions to medicines

To soothe itchy skin, you can try cold compresses, lotions and lukewarm baths. Avoid scratching, wearing irritating fabrics and high heat and humidity. Most itching is not serious. However, if you itch all over, have hives that keep coming back or have itching without an apparent cause, you might require medical attention.

  • Itching
  • Lichen simplex chronicus
  • Urticaria pigmentosa

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