Hoppy Easter: ICD-10 Codes for Every Bunny

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Spring has truly sprung, which means Easter isn’t far behind. Easter is a joyful holiday, but even if you don’t celebrate it, you can still reap the benefits of discounted bunny-shaped chocolates and other Easter-basket goodies. But with all of the family meals and celebrations could come a few Easter-related worries. Here are some ICD-10 codes that every bunny should look out for on April 16th.

S00.37XA: Other superficial bite of nose, initial encounter

Bunnies and lambs are two of the sweetest, fluffiest animals one can think of, especially in the spring months. However, despite their adorable exteriors, it’s important to recall that both of these balls of fluff are still animals. And, like any of their fiercer cousins, these sweet-looking creatures can still pack a punch when frightened. So whether handling a baby bunny at the church’s petting zoo or frolicking after a lamb on Aunt Susie’s farm, remember to treat the animals gently and with caution. A surprise butterfly kiss may end up with you receiving a bite for your trouble.

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R63.2: Polyphagia

For a number of church-goers, Easter marks the end of Lent. A common Lenten practice is to abstain from a favorite (if bad for you) food. Depending on your specific denomination, it’s possible to have been abstaining from this food for 40 days. While the little devil on your shoulder may encourage you to scarf down as much of your long-denied, favorite treat as quickly as possible—whether it be French fries, chocolate, or Chick-fil-A—over-eating can cause all kinds of problems. Rewarding your good behavior with your favorite food is fine, as long as you don’t overindulge.

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S93.4: Sprain of ankle

If there are any small children in your family, Easter egg hunting is probably one of the biggest events of the day. Finding hiding places—not obvious, but not impossibly hard to spot either—is always a balancing act: sometimes, literally. So when deciding between hiding a prize-filled egg in a low-lying shrub or scaling the infamous tree in your sister’s backyard, evaluate your climbing skills. Failing to do so may result in a visit to the Emergency Room for a twisted ankle instead of hopping after the little ones in their search.

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W59.11XA: Bitten by nonvenomous snake, initial encounter

However, even shrubs and other garden-plants offer their own dangers when being used as egg hiding spaces. While the familiar garden snakes are usually nonvenomous and helpful at keeping rats and other vermin away, they can be startled when a brightly colored egg is shoved in their face. Their bites won’t be life threatening, just painful, so it’s best to avoid any areas you know to be snake-infested when searching for somewhere to hide eggs.

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T78.40: Allergy, unspecified

While it’s mostly plastic eggs that get hidden in Easter egg hunts, dyeing the real deal is another popular activity. It’s an easy enough practice—water, dye, eggs—and presto! Instead of the usual white shells, you’ve got a rainbow of brightly colored Easter eggs to make breakfast omelets and pancakes from. Food allergies are more prevalent than ever in this day and age, so it’s important to give the ingredients of whatever dye you choose to use a thorough looking over before coloring your eggs.

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No matter what way you choose to celebrate—or not celebrate—the Easter holiday, the InSync Team wishes you a hopping good time!

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