Specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 708.9
Urticaria, unspecified
  • Billable Code
  • Short description: Urticaria NOS.
  • ICD-9-CM 708.9 will be replaced by an equivalent ICD-10-CM code (or codes) when the United States transitions from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM on October 1, 2015.
  • ICD-9-CM 708.9 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Disease Synonyms
  • Acute urticaria
  • Urticaria
  • Urticaria (hives)
  • Urticaria, acute
Clinical Information
  • A disorder characterized by an itchy skin eruption characterized by wheals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins.
  • A raised, erythematous papule or cutaneous plaque, usually representing short-lived dermal edema
  • A vascular reaction of the skin characterized by erythema and wheal formation due to localized increase of vascular permeability. The causative mechanism may be allergy, infection, or stress.
  • An itchy skin eruption characterized by weals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins; usually the result of an allergic response to insect bites or food or drugs.
  • An itchy skin eruption characterized by wheals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins; usually the result of an allergic response to insect bites or food or drugs.
  • Hives are red and sometimes itchy bumps on your skin. An allergic reaction to a drug or food usually causes them. Allergic reactions cause your body to release chemicals that can make your skin swell up in hives. People who have other allergies are more likely to get hives than other people. Other causes include infections and stress.hives are very common. They usually go away on their own, but if you have a serious case, you might need medicine or a shot. In rare cases, allergic reactions can cause a dangerous swelling in your airways, making it hard to breathe - which is a medical emergency.
  • Itchy, raised red areas on the skin. Urticaria are caused by a reaction to certain foods, drugs, infections, or emotional stress.
  • Urticaria.
  • Usually transient vascular reaction involving the upper dermis, representing local edema caused by dilation and increased permeability of the capilliaries and the development of wheals.
Applies To
  • Hives NOS
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 708.9 converts directly to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM L50.9 Urticaria, unspecified
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 708.9:
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