ink test

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The ink test helps show the burrows of scabies. Paint some indian ink painted over the suspected burrow, leave for a few minutes, then wash off with a alcohol swab. Any burrow will be immediately apparent as a characteristic dark, zigzag line running across and away from the papule (1).

Reference:

  • 1. Clinical knowledge summaries 2007. Scabies

Last reviewed 07/2021

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