What is Skin Culture?

A skin culture is a test used to find germs that may be affecting your skin, fingernails, or toenails. For example, a doctor may order a skin culture to test for viruses, bacteria, or fungi that are causing problems with your skin. The test involves using a sterile cotton swab to collect the sample, which will then be sent to the laboratory for analysis. It's a quick and simple procedure that can help doctors find the cause of your symptoms and the best treatment for you. For example, a doctor may do this test to diagnose the following: (1) A fungus or bacterial infection of the skin or nails. (2) A rash or sore that appears to be infected. (3) A skin ulcer that's not healing.

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