Get Your Skin Tested To Avoid Surprises
Getting your skin tested by your dermatologist once or twice a year, even if you don’t notice anything particularly odd, is a great way to avoid surprises that can range from fungal infections to allergies and even cancerous lesions. Many skin conditions look alike and the only way to know for sure is to have testing done.
These 4 tests are commonly used by dermatologists to positively identify skin anomalies:
- Skin patch tests—To determine if you are allergic to specific allergens, these tests are performed on small patches of your skin to see what kind of reaction you have.
- Skin cell culture—Your hair, nails, and skin can all be cellularly cultured to determine the existence of fungi, bacteria, and viruses that may be causing a rash or infection. Once the cause is known, a cure can be implemented.
- Tissue samples—A biopsy is a method for taking a small sample of skin with a blade or punch tool and inspecting it under a microscope to check for anomalies.
- Needle test—Your skin is lightly rubbed with different needles that each contains an allergen. Tests are done for different foods, dust mites, pet dander, and pollen. The test spots are periodically inspected to see if there is any reaction.
If you notice an adverse skin condition that is not healing or is recurring, seeing an experienced, board-certified dermatologist is the best choice for treatment. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222and make an appointment.