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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Skin cancer: Mohs (pronounced Moe’s) surgery is not the right treatment for every patient who has skin cancer.
- 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.
- Dermatologic surgery: Some surgical wounds do not require an antibiotic that is applied to the skin.
All statements are backed by solid medical research.
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