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Skin Biopsy

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

A skin biopsy is a procedure used to remove a small piece of skin for testing. Part or all of a skin lesion (affected area of skin) may be removed. A punch biopsy allows the whole thickness of a very small piece skin to be taken.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • NSAIDs help decrease swelling and pain or fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions. Do not give these medicines to children under 6 months of age without direction from your child's doctor.

  • Acetaminophen: This medicine decreases pain. Acetaminophen is available without a doctor's order. Ask how much to take and how often to take it. Follow directions. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not taken correctly.

  • Pain medicine: You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take this medicine.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or dermatologist as directed:

You may need to return to have your stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wound care:

Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have increased swelling, redness, or bleeding from your wound.

  • You have pain that does not go away, or is not helped by pain medicines.

  • You have yellow or green drainage coming out of your wound.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have red lines on your skin coming from your wound area.

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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