Happy family activities, the first signs of a winter thaw, and religious holiday with secular traditions, unfortunately do not keep illnesses and injuries at bay. As any emergency room worker will corroborate, when people indulge in holiday excesses, misadventures cannot be far behind. Here are ten ICD10 codes with a distinctive springtime edge to them that our Easter egg hunt rustled up:

  1.  W61.61XA – Bitten by duck, initial encounter: Baby ducklings are incredibly adorable and very social creatures, but don’t be fooled by their cuteness. If you get too close for comfort, the little chick has a sharp bite.
  2.  S81.012A – Laceration without foreign body, left knee, initial encounter:  Excited children can get carried away in the spirit of an Easter egg hunt, and trying to reach for an egg hidden under a thorny bush can result in a laceration to the knee requiring medical attention.
  3.  F40.218 – Other animal type phobia:  A fear of the Easter bunny is nothing to laugh at. Images of an oversized bunny have been known to cause anxiety and nightmares.
  4.  Y93.H2 – Activity, gardening and landscaping:  With spring taking a peek after a long hard winter, everyone’s eager to show off their green thumb. But if you’re not careful, you could end up with a sore thumb, or worse. Gardening equipment causes thousands of injuries every year, and caution is advisable, especially with powered gardening tools.
  5.  J30.1 – Allergic rhinitis due to pollen:  Hay fever can cause distressing symptoms in the eyes, nose, mouth, throat, ears, and skin, causing patients to rush to their doctors for springtime pollen survival guidance.
  6.  T62.8X1A – Toxic effect of other specified noxious substances eaten as food, accidental (unintentional), initial encounter: Eating an old hard-boiled egg of questionable age, no matter how beautifully it is dyed, can lead to digestive misadventures of the woeful kind.
  7.  E55.9 – Vitamin D deficiency, unspecified:  Healthy bones need vitamin D, and vitamin D needs sunlight. It’s only just the beginning of spring, and the long, gray days of winter can leave vitamin D stores severely depleted.
  8.  A21.9 – Tularemia, unspecified – The Easter bunny is all very well, but if you’ve got real bunnies nesting in your backyard, beware of tularemia or rabbit fever, a highly contagious and potentially fatal bacterial disease transmitted by direct contact with an infected animal.
  9.  Z91.012 – Allergy to eggs – It’s Easter, and eggs are the flavor of the day. This is not good news for people who are allergic to eggs, one of the most common allergy-causing foods that can result in skin hives, nasal symptoms, and digestive complaints.
  10.  F40.10 – Social phobia, unspecified – Easter is a time for families attending church services, community egg hunts, and neighborhood holiday feasts, all of which are situations that can produce an intense, irrational fear in people with social phobias.

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