2021 ICD-10-CM Code B08

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

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

B08 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis 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 specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

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

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Oth viral infect with skin and mucous membrane lesions, NEC

Non-specific codes like B08 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for oth viral infect with skin and mucous membrane lesions, nec:

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

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,

Who is at risk for skin infections?

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

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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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)