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Common/Disorder Synonyms

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ICD-9-CM Codes

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  • 692.0 Contact dermatitis and other eczema due to detergents

  • 692.1 Contact dermatitis and other eczema due to oils and greases

  • 692.2 Contact dermatitis and other eczema due to solvents

  • 692.3 Contact dermatitis and other eczema due to drugs and medicines in contact with skin

  • 692.4 Contact dermatitis and other eczema due to other chemical products

  • 692.5 Contact dermatitis and other eczema due to food in contact with skin

  • 692.6 Contact dermatitis and other eczema due to plants [except food]

  • 692.7 Contact dermatitis and other eczema due to solar radiation

  • 692.8 Contact dermatitis and other eczema due to other specified agents

  • 692.84 Contact dermatitis and other eczema due to animal (cat) (dog) dander

  • 692.89 Contact dermatitis and other eczema due to other specified agents

  • 692.9 Contact dermatitis and other eczema, unspecified cause

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ICD-10-CM Code

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  • L20-L30 Dermatitis and eczema

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Preferred Practice Pattern1

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Key Features

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Description

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  • Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin

  • Dermatitis is a common condition that usually is not life-threatening or contagious

  • It embraces a range of ailments that in most cases are characterized by red, itchy skin

  • Common types of dermatitis include

    • Contact dermatitis: inflammation that occurs when substances touching the skin cause irritation or an allergic reaction

    • Atopic dermatitis or eczema: chronic, relapsing, and inflammatory condition that results in itchy, inflamed, irritated skin

      • These diseases often have an inherited tendency to develop alongside other allergic conditions such as asthma and hay fever

    • Seborrheic dermatitis: common skin disorder occurring in areas rich in sebaceous glands such as the scalp, ears, eyebrows, and chest, causing scaly, itchy, red skin and stubborn dandruff.

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Essentials of Diagnosis

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  • Diagnosis is generally based on medical history and examination of the skin

  • Contact dermatitis: diagnosis is based on medical history, the appearance of the skin, and a history of exposure to irritants or allergens

  • Seborrheic dermatitis: diagnosis is based on history, appearance of the skin, physical, and skin biopsy

  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema): Diagnosis is based on history and appearance of the skin

  • Skin lesion biopsies or skin cultures may be used to rule out other causes

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General Considerations

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  • Individuals in certain outdoor and manufacturing occupations are at higher risk for exposure to allergens and irritants that may cause dermatitis

  • Treatment is similar for most types of skin irritation and inflammation

  • Individuals often have an inherited tendency to develop other allergic conditions such as asthma and hay fever

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Demographics

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  • Dermatitis occurs in about 3% to 5% of the general population and affects all races as well as males and females equally

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