Microbiological research of the material of skin
Why this test?
This test allows you to detect pathogenic microflora, which is the causative agent of the disease. With its help, the type of microorganisms, their number, activity to reproduction and sensitivity to drugs are determined.
In what cases is it prescribed?
This test is prescribed in the process of diagnosing dermatological diseases, especially when skin lesions do not respond to current treatment or worsen. The test is based on collecting a sample from the affected skin using a sterile instrument and then analyzing it in a microbiological laboratory. Some conditions for which this test may be ordered include, for example, acne, postoperative wounds that are difficult to heal, changes in the course of the diabetic foot, or pressure ulcers. Material removal is usually painless, but may be associated with temporary discomfort when the tool comes into contact with the affected skin.
Information about the test
One of the most informative studies that allows you to determine the causative agent of the disease and its sensitivity to medical drugs is the microbiological study of the material (bakpos).
Bacpos analysis gives the doctor not only important information about the type of microorganisms that are pathogens, but also helps to choose the right treatment. When the type of causative agent is determined, an antibioticogram is performed - to find out which drugs the pathogenic microflora is resistant to, and to which it reacts. Thus, the correct therapy is prescribed without fail, on the first try. This test is most often prescribed by a dermatologist. In some cases, standard treatment is ineffective. This can be caused by many factors, but one of the most common is the resistance of the bacteria causing the disease in the patient.
The skin swab culture test provides effective treatment adapted to the individual case. The time required for inoculation (i.e. growing colonies of bacteria taken from a patient in the laboratory for identification) usually takes several days. Wounds and other skin diseases that do not go away with time, and the skin around them swells, reddens, becomes warmer, and pathological exudate (pus) appears, should alert. Then you should see a doctor as soon as possible, as this indicates the presence of a bacterial infection, which, if left untreated, can lead to serious complications.