What is the burrow ink test used in the workup of scabies?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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A burrow can be located by rubbing a washable felt-tip marker across the suspected site and removing the ink with an alcohol wipe. When a burrow is present, the ink penetrates the stratum corneum and delineates the site. This technique is particularly useful in children and in individuals with very few burrows.


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