Skin Biopsies Specialist Q & A
What does a skin rash biopsy show?
A skin rash biopsy can show the presence of various illnesses, diseases, conditions, or allergic reactions. As such, skin biopsies are used to diagnose or treat a broad range of different skin conditions, such as the following:
- Actinic keratosis
- Autoimmune skin diseases, such as psoriasis
- Bacterial or fungal skin infections
- Blistering skin disorders, such as bullous pemphigoid
- Skin tags
- Suspicious growths or moles
- Various skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, and squamous cell carcinoma
What happens after a skin biopsy?
After a skin biopsy, your doctor will give you post-operative care instructions on how to care for the biopsied area properly to accelerate healing, prevent scabbing, minimize scarring, and relieve any discomfort, in addition to information on what to do if any complications arise. They will likely cover the biopsied area with a bandage with instructions on when you should remove or replace the dressing. There will probably be a small, permanent scar after the biopsy that will gradually fade and become less prominent. The site should completely heal in a couple of weeks to two months, depending on the location, size, and depth of the treatment area and any existing medical conditions you have.
As far as the tissue extracted during the biopsy goes, it will either be sent to a dermatopathology laboratory, where dermatopathologists will process and analyze the tissue for any areas of concern, or be analyzed by the doctor who conducts the biopsy. The skin sample is processed in a chemical solution, cut into thin strips, and placed under a microscope for analysis. After processing and analyzing the tissue, the laboratory specialists will send a report to the doctor who conducted the biopsy, who will contact you to discuss the biopsy results. Depending on the laboratory procedures, type of biopsy, and the skin condition, it can take anywhere from 48 hours to several weeks or months before results come back.
Is a skin biopsy painful?
While you may experience mild pain during a skin biopsy, a small amount of local anesthetic is applied to the treatment area during the procedure to minimize any pain or discomfort. That said, the biopsy site will likely be sore for a few days afterward, but this can be adequately treated with over-the-counter pain relief medication. If you have pain that lasts longer than a few days or gets worse, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see one of our skin biopsy experts at Family First Medical Group, as there could be a possible infection. If the site is infected, we can provide antibiotic treatment to help the biopsy site heal.
If you are looking for a medical clinic that provides skin biopsies or require more information, please get in touch with us at Family First Medical Group! For an appointment, please schedule one through our website or call us. You can find Family First Medical Group at 9730 S. Western Ave., Suite 700, in Evergreen Park, Illinois. We are also located at 10260 W 191st St in Mokena, Illinois.