ICD 10 Code
The term ICD-10 refers to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) revised version 10, a medical classification list produced and published by the World Health Organization (WHO). It contains a distribution of specific codes for abnormal findings, complaints, diseases, signs and symptoms, external causes of injury or diseases and social circumstances. This updated code enables the tracking of new diagnosis and replaces the ICD 9 which ceased to be accepted after October 1, 2015.
Seasonal allergies also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis or “hay fever” are allergy symptoms which occurs during certain periods of the year. They are triggered by the overreaction of the immune system to allergens such as pollen particles, pet hair, dust and molds spores in the air which leads to the inflammation of the nose. This condition is characterized by runny or stuffy nose, red, itchy, and watery eyes, sneezing and swelling around the eyes. Individuals with seasonal allergies may also have atopic dermatitis, allergic conjunctivitis and asthma.
The mechanism involves the attachment of Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies produced by the immune system to the allergen, this action triggers the release of histamine an inflammatory chemical from mast cells.
Diagnosis of the condition is carried out using a combination of blood test for allergen-specific Immunoglobulin E antibodies and skin prick test.
ICD 10 Code For Seasonal Allergies
ICD 10 Code for common allergies is provided as an aid for ordering physicians providing ICD 10 diagnosis; a requirement of Medicare and other health insurers. The code is billable and can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes. The ICD 10 Code for seasonal allergies falls under:
- Chapter 10 (J00-J99): Which deals with diseases of the respiratory system.
- Section J30-J39: Which deals with other diseases of upper respiratory tract
- Category J30: Vasomotor and allergic rhinitis