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Skin Culture A test that is performed to identify the microorganism (bacteria, fungus, or virus) causing a skin infection and to determine the antibiotic or other treatment that will effectively treat the infection.

Skin Biopsy A procedure in which a sample of skin tissue is removed, processed, and examined under a microscope. A skin biopsy is performed to diagnose a skin condition, a disease, such as cancer, and a bacterial or fungal skin.

Phototherapy Ultraviolet light to treat a variety of skin conditions.

Surgeries Removal of cancers, moles and other skin lesions if required

Patch Testing A way to identify whether a substance that comes in contact with the skin is causing inflammation of the skin (contact dermatitis).

Two types of contact dermatitis:

  • Irritant contact dermatitis: An irritant reaction is caused by the direct contact of an irritant substance with the skin, and does not involve the immune system.
  • Allergic contact dermatitis: An allergic reaction is specific to the individual and to a substance called an allergen. Allergy is a hypersensitivity to a particular substance, and always involves the immune system. All areas of skin that are in contact with the allergen develop the rash. The rash will disappear if you avoid contact with the substance
Last Updated: 8/31/16