Skin Scrapings (Mycology)
Scrapings from skin lesions, nails or scalp, hair pluckings
In sterile pottle. Please include scalpel if possible.
Mon - Sun, 0800 - 1630
Microscopy 24 hours, Monday – Friday.Negative cultures 4 weeksPositive cultures 2 to 4 weeks
Microscopy & culture
Hair: No cleaning of scalp is needed.
Select infected areas, using forceps epilate at least 10 hairs.
For hairs broken off at the scalp level, use a scalpel or a blade knife.
Nail: For a specimen of the dorsal plate, scrape the outer surface and discard the scrapings. Then scrape the deeper portion for a specimen. Remove a portion of debris from under the nail with a scalpel. Collect the whole nail or nail clippings. Skin and interspaces: Scrape the entire lesion(s), especially the edges, and both sides of interspaces with a sterile scalpel.