AAD joins Choosing Wisely campaign

Choosing Wisely® is a nationwide campaign that can help you talk with your doctors about medical tests and treatments. Having this conversation with a doctor is important. It can help you learn what tests and treatments you need and identify ones that you don't need.

The goal of Choosing Wisely® is to help you understand when you need (and don’t need) some medical tests and treatments.

The benefits of talking about tests and treatments with your doctors include:

  • Avoiding tests and treatments you do not need (and possible side effects).
  • Saving money.
  • Improving your health by getting the right care.

Patients sometimes ask for tests or treatments they do not need.

More than 50 medical societies have joined Choosing Wisely®. The AAD's participation coincides with National Healthy Skin Month. To join, a medical society must provide expert guidance on 5 medical tests or treatments commonly used in its field.

Dermatologists shared their expertise about the following:

  1. Nail fungus: Only patients who have tested positive for a fungal nail infection should take a prescription tablet or capsule to treat a nail infection due to fungus.
  2. Melanoma (a type of skin cancer): A patient with an early, thin melanoma does not need to have a sentinel lymph node biopsy or other diagnostic test.
  3. Skin cancer: Mohs (pronounced Moe’s) surgery is not the right treatment for every patient who has skin cancer.
  4. Atopic dermatitis (commonly called eczema): Only a patient who has signs of a skin infection needs a prescription antibiotic. Antibiotic therapy has not been shown to reduce the signs, symptoms, or severity of atopic dermatitis that is not infected.
  5. Dermatologic surgery: Some surgical wounds do not require an antibiotic that is applied to the skin.

All statements are backed by solid medical research.

To learn more about Choosing Wisely®:

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