ICD-10 Diagnosis Code L55

Sunburn

Diagnosis Code L55

ICD-10: L55
Short Description: Sunburn
Long Description: Sunburn
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code L55

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The code L55 is a "header" and not valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00–L99)
    • Radiation-related disorders of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L55-L59)
      • Sunburn (L55)

Information for Patients


Sun Exposure

Also called: Sunburn

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are an invisible form of radiation. They can pass through your skin and damage your skin cells. Sunburns are a sign of skin damage. Suntans aren't healthy, either. They appear after the sun's rays have already killed some cells and damaged others. UV rays can cause skin damage during any season or at any temperature. They can also cause eye problems, wrinkles, skin spots, and skin cancer.

To protect yourself

  • Stay out of the sun when it is strongest (between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV ray protection
  • Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds

Check your skin regularly for changes in the size, shape, color, or feel of birthmarks, moles, and spots. Such changes are a sign of skin cancer.

Food and Drug Administration

  • Actinic keratosis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Polymorphic light eruption (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Sunburn (Medical Encyclopedia)


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