L55.9: Sunburn, unspecified

You have got sunburn. This is why your skin is red.

Your skin has been damaged by the sun. Your skin has become inflamed as result. Your skin is red and swollen. The areas of red skin are usually very sensitive to pressure, and they are often sore. The skin is sometimes itchy and burning, too.

People with pale skin are more susceptible to sunburn. The more time you spend in the sun, the more the skin gets damaged. Any sunburn can cause lasting damage to the skin. When spending time in the sun, suncream should be used to protect the skin.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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