The skin lesion KOH exam is a test to diagnose a
Potassium hydroxide examination of skin lesion
How the test is performed
The health care provider scrapes the problem area of your skin, using a blunt edge such as the edge of a microscope slide. The scrapings from the skin are placed in liquid containing the chemical
How to prepare for the test
There is no special preparation for the test.
How the test will feel
You may feel pressure when the health care provider scrapes your skin.
Why the test is performed
This test is done to diagnose a fungal infection of the skin.
No fungus is present.
What abnormal results mean
Fungus is present. The fungus may be realated to
There is a small risk of bleeding or infection from scraping the skin.