How is a topical tetracycline solution used to locate mite burrows in scabies?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Topical tetracycline solution is an alternative to the burrow ink test. After application and removal of the excess tetracycline solution with alcohol, the burrow is examined under a Wood light. The remaining tetracycline within the burrow fluoresces a greenish color. This method is preferred because tetracycline is a colorless solution and large areas of skin can be examined.


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