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Wood’s Lamp Examination

The Wood’s lamp examination is a procedure that uses transillumination (light) to detect bacterial or fungal skin infections. It also can detect skin pigment disorders such as vitiligo or other irregularities in the skin.

The test can be called the black light test or the ultraviolet light test.

How Does It Work?

A Wood’s lamp is device that uses black light to illuminate areas that are otherwise difficult to see. If present, bacteria or fungi will fluoresce (change color) under the light.

There are no risks associated with the procedure.

Preparation and Procedure

Avoid washing the area that will be tested before the procedure. Avoid using makeup, perfume, and deodorant on the area that will be tested, as these can alter the results of the examination.

The examination will take place in our clinic. The procedure is simple and does not take a long time. You can also see what lies beneath the skin’s surface with an inbuilt mirror in the Wood’s lamp.

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