ICD-10-CM Code B08

Other viral infections characterized by skin and mucous membrane lesions, not elsewhere classified

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

B08 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other viral infections characterized by skin and mucous membrane lesions, not elsewhere classified. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:B08
Short Description:Oth viral infect with skin and mucous membrane lesions, NEC
Long Description:Other viral infections characterized by skin and mucous membrane lesions, not elsewhere classified

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • B08.0 - Other orthopoxvirus infections
  • B08.01 - Cowpox and vaccinia not from vaccine
  • B08.010 - Cowpox
  • B08.011 - Vaccinia not from vaccine
  • B08.02 - Orf virus disease
  • B08.03 - Pseudocowpox [milker's node]
  • B08.04 - Paravaccinia, unspecified
  • B08.09 - Other orthopoxvirus infections
  • B08.1 - Molluscum contagiosum
  • B08.2 - Exanthema subitum [sixth disease]
  • B08.20 - Exanthema subitum [sixth disease], unspecified
  • B08.21 - Exanthema subitum [sixth disease] due to human herpesvirus 6
  • B08.22 - Exanthema subitum [sixth disease] due to human herpesvirus 7
  • B08.3 - Erythema infectiosum [fifth disease]
  • B08.4 - Enteroviral vesicular stomatitis with exanthem
  • B08.5 - Enteroviral vesicular pharyngitis
  • B08.6 - Parapoxvirus infections
  • B08.60 - Parapoxvirus infection, unspecified
  • B08.61 - Bovine stomatitis
  • B08.62 - Sealpox
  • B08.69 - Other parapoxvirus infections
  • B08.7 - Yatapoxvirus infections
  • B08.70 - Yatapoxvirus infection, unspecified
  • B08.71 - Tanapox virus disease
  • B08.72 - Yaba pox virus disease
  • B08.79 - Other yatapoxvirus infections
  • B08.8 - Other specified viral infections characterized by skin and mucous membrane lesions

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code B08:

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • vesicular stomatitis virus disease A93.8

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Viral infections characterized by skin and mucous membrane lesions (B00-B09)
      • Oth viral infect with skin and mucous membrane lesions, NEC (B08)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Skin Infections

What are skin infections?

Your skin is your body's largest organ. It has many different functions, including covering and protecting your body. It helps keep germs out. But sometimes the germs can cause a skin infection. This often happens when there is a break, cut, or wound on your skin. It can also happen when your immune system is weakened, because of another disease or a medical treatment.

Some skin infections cover a small area on the top of your skin. Other infections can go deep into your skin or spread to a larger area.

What causes skin infections?

Skin infections are caused by different kinds of germs. For example,

  • Bacteria cause cellulitis, impetigo, and staphylococcal (staph) infections
  • Viruses cause shingles, warts, and herpes simplex
  • Fungi cause athlete's foot and yeast infections
  • Parasites cause body lice, head lice, and scabies

Who is at risk for skin infections?

You are at a higher risk for a skin infection if you

  • Have poor circulation
  • Have diabetes
  • Are older
  • Have an immune system disease, such as HIV/AIDS
  • Have a weakened immune system because of chemotherapy or other medicines that suppress your immune system
  • Have to stay in one position for a long time, such as if you are sick and have to stay in bed for a long time or you are paralyzed
  • Are malnourished
  • Have excessive skinfolds, which can happen if you have obesity

What are the symptoms of skin infections?

The symptoms depend on the type of infection. Some symptoms that are common to many skin infections include rashes, swelling, redness, pain, pus, and itching.

How are skin infections diagnosed?

To diagnose a skin infection, health care providers will do a physical exam and ask about your symptoms. You may have lab tests, such as a skin culture. This is a test to identify what type of infection you have, using a sample from your skin. Your provider may take the sample by swabbing or scraping your skin, or removing a small piece of skin (biopsy). Sometimes providers use other tests, such as blood tests.

How are skin infections treated?

The treatment depends on the type of infection and how serious it is. Some infections will go away on their own. When you do need treatment, it may include a cream or lotion to put on the skin. Other possible treatments include medicines and a procedure to drain pus.


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Viral Infections

Viruses are very tiny germs. They are made of genetic material inside of a protein coating. Viruses cause familiar infectious diseases such as the common cold, flu and warts. They also cause severe illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, smallpox, and Ebola.

Viruses are like hijackers. They invade living, normal cells and use those cells to multiply and produce other viruses like themselves. This can kill, damage, or change the cells and make you sick. Different viruses attack certain cells in your body such as your liver, respiratory system, or blood.

When you get a virus, you may not always get sick from it. Your immune system may be able to fight it off.

For most viral infections, treatments can only help with symptoms while you wait for your immune system to fight off the virus. Antibiotics do not work for viral infections. There are antiviral medicines to treat some viral infections. Vaccines can help prevent you from getting many viral diseases.


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