Cracking the Code
As per the Mayo Clinic, Dermatitis is a common condition that causes swelling and irritation of the skin. It has many causes and forms and often involves itchy, dry skin or a rash. Or it might cause the skin to blister, ooze, crust, or flake. Three common types of this condition are atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is also known as eczema.
Dermatitis isn’t contagious, but it can be very uncomfortable. Moisturizing regularly helps control the symptoms. Treatment also may include medicated ointments, creams, and shampoos.”
The block of codes for dermatitis and eczema (L20-L30) uses the terms dermatitis and eczema synonymously. Codes for dermatitis and eczema are selected based on the type or the substance that caused the dermatitis. For example, dermatitis that develops because of exposure to an acetone paint solvent is reported with L24.2 Irritant contact dermatitis due to solvents. This is found in the ICD-10-CM Alphabetic Index by looking for Dermatitis/due to/acetone or Dermatitis/due to/solvents.