I could have been more clear about what I meant by:
[quote]while dinking about with Potassium Hydroxide and skin samples in search of the elusive fungi[/quote]
The "dinking" translates to using a modified KOH skin test.
I've been using the KOH on skin technique for quite a while
to sort through clumps of goo...to find what is in them.
Posted pictures in the FHW pic file back in..April..
testing hair samples with KOH...and posted some unexpected
results when adding KOH to urine. [white "parfait".]
To speed the "quick look" along, I dont find it necessary
to "fix" the sample with heat onto a slide..just pluck the
curious blob..drop into petri dish..a few drops of pre prepared KOH solution..swish..drop the hand held camera
onto dish and take a look. aha!..another fiber in that mess. So far I have not found anything other than the
accursed fibers. Nothing really novel has shown up yet.
Just..fibers..all colors. Will post this mornings "quick look" of a blob from a leg lesion. As usual..another bunch
of fibers..buried in morg particles.
[particles assembling fiber?...fibers attracting particles?] Hmmm...a Pretty blue
fiber this morning. I think that means it might rain today.
the object above was just a blob of gunk. a few seconds
of the "dinking"[dunking] technique reveals much with little time lost.
The post was really about the strange result of KOH on skin
lesion blood vs fingerstick [clean] blood.
It appears that much of the "blood" [red fluid] in the
lesions is NOT blood. Clean blood in KOH yields only
the yello/green goo...not red goo.
The lesion "blood", on the other hand..generates two kinds of goo.
yellow green..AND red..and the red goo does not appear with clean
blood reactions. Which seems to support my suspicions..
that not all the red fluid in a lesion is blood. There is
something else in play in the lesions. I suspect it is the
red pigmented particles/gels..in a more "liquid" state.
more experiments required..
Muppet Labs Never Sleeps.