2021 ICD-10-CM Code L08

Other local infections of skin and subcutaneous tissue

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

L08 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 local infections of skin and subcutaneous tissue. 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:L08
Short Description:Other local infections of skin and subcutaneous tissue
Long Description:Other local infections of skin and subcutaneous tissue

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Other local infections of skin and subcutaneous tissue

Non-specific codes like L08 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 other local infections of skin and subcutaneous tissue:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L08.0 for Pyoderma
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L08.1 for Erythrasma
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L08.8 for Other specified local infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L08.81 for Pyoderma vegetans
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L08.82 for Omphalitis not of newborn
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L08.89 for Other specified local infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L08.9 for Local infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissue, unspecified

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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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)