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tests to confirm the diagnosis for scabies:
- Skin scrapings. Your doctor collects material from the itchy area
by applying a drop of mineral oil or other liquid to the skin and then
scraping the area with a scalpel. He or she then examines the scrapings under
a microscope to look for scabies mites, eggs, egg casings, or feces. This is
the most common test used to diagnose scabies.
- Ink test or ink burrow test. Your doctor strokes a washable
felt-tip pen across the itchy areas. The surface ink is wiped off with water
or an alcohol swab. Any burrows present will absorb the ink and be seen as a
- Skin biopsy/punch biopsy. A skin sample (punch biopsy or shave
biopsy) may be helpful in diagnosing difficult-to-diagnose conditions. Skin
biopsy is rarely used.
- Needle extraction of the mite. On rare occasions, a needle is used
to remove a mite from the burrow. The mite is placed on a slide and examined
under a microscope.
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