To improve patient care and outcomes, leading dermatologists from the Cutis Editorial Board answered 5 questions on nail care. Here’s what we found.
Do you routinely perform diagnostic testing before treating for onychomycosis?
Ninety-five percent of dermatologists perform diagnostic testing before treating onychomycosis. Of them, nearly two-thirds only test before treating with systemic antifungals, while one-third test before starting systemic or topical antifungals.
Provided by Shari R. Lipner, MD, PhD (New York, New York)
A laboratory diagnosis of onychomycosis is an absolute necessity before treating for onychomycosis, and the vast majority of our board members are testing routinely. Diagnosis should ideally be performed before initiating both oral and topical therapy. Failure to do so may lead to incorrect treatment with progression of disease and missed diagnoses of malignancy (Lipner and Scher, 2016; Lipner and Scher, 2016).
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