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Wood's Light which is the preferred make

Discussion in 'Podiatry Arena Help, Suggestions and Comments' started by Salanne, Mar 19, 2012.

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  1. Salanne

    Salanne Member


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    Hello everyone

    Please could anyone advise me which is the preferred wood's light to buy or if there is any other suggestion of unit - to be used for the identification of certain skin conditions by method of investigation.


    Thank you for any guidance.

    Kind regards
     
  2. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Hi Salanne,

    You can pick up a basic Woods` light for under £50

    Whilst it is a useful tool, it does have its limitations. Contrary to popular thought, the only bacterial infection it identifies is Corynebacterium minutissimum seen in erythrasma. It does highlight the yeast malassezia associated with`tinea versicolor`. However, use of the term `tinea` here is a tad misleading as it cannot confirm the presence of dermatophytes. It can also be used in diagnosis of vitiligo.

    Cheers,
    Bel

    NB: Just corrected the Malassezia link
     
  3. Salanne

    Salanne Member

    Thank you Bel for your help - I appreciate the limitations but for a relatively small price (in the great scheme of medical devices and equipment :) a useful aid I hope whilst I build up my knowledge in:dizzy: the every challenging world of dermatology .

    Lumps and Bumps that glow in the light - well maybe......

    Thanks again

    Sally :dizzy:
     
  4. WillTrekker

    WillTrekker Member

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    I "inherited" a terrific classic BIG heavy Wood's Lamp from the Derm guy, a Captain, who was posted somewhere else, when they closed his clinic (no replacement due in), and it was real boon. These are great for differentiating such things as Cornybacterium infxn (fluoresces brilliant bright pink-red) and UV-white for Candida yeast infxn (such as a poster we had as kids under a black light! -or a new white Tee shirt at a dance club in college!).
     
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