A Wood's light examination is done to determine if a skin
condition is caused by a fungal infection. When this special light is directed
toward the skin, certain types of fungi cause the skin to glow or fluoresce
(for example, it may look bluish green under the light).
A Wood's light can
also be used with a special stain to detect eye injuries, and in sexual assault
exams to detect semen on skin or clothing.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
PeaceHealth endeavors to provide comprehensive health care information, however some topics in this database describe services and procedures not offered by our providers or within our facilities because they do not comply with, nor are they condoned by, the ethics policies of our organization.