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Dangers Awaiting you at the Nail Salon

I have always been concerned about cleanliness at nail salons, especially after studying Cosmetology, which identified certain devices that are necessary in a nail salon, such as a device which sanitizes tools in what is similar to a microwave.  At one salon, I developed fungus in my 2 big toes during a pedicure.  So, I decided to do my own pedicures, and bought a great foot spa with a waterfall and bubble setting. However, the bubble setting actually creates too many bubbles, resulting in bubbles all over the floor.  It has built in pumice stones and 2 attachments for cleaning and removing dry skin.  My feet look better than the nail salon pedicure, and the fungus went away with treatment by me of cuticle salve.  I read an article on Stylelist.com that I found very interesting about dangers awaiting you at the nail salon:
"Ready to put an end to pedi problems, we asked New York City-based podiatrist Dr. Dennis Shavelson to dish on the common dangers lurking in the nail salon. 

1. Tools that are open to air or used repeatedly after a prior treatment.
There are two documented cases of “death by pedicure” where young women contracted fatal flesh-eating staph infections and thousands of documented cases of bacterial and fungal infections. Contaminated instruments are the number one cause of salon infections. Molds, bacteria and viruses are more likely to come into contact with clients when instruments are shared, and that can lead to disasters. Communal instruments are also dangerous to the manicurist should they have any open cuts or abrasions. The cure: Bring in your own surgical stainless steel instruments.

2. Liquid sterilization which provides only low-level germ and virus protection.
Steam-sterilized or properly ultraviolet irradiated germiciding kills germs and offers the best protection. Don't be afraid to ask to check the bottle of the liquid being used for disinfecting words like “germicide,” “disinfectant” or “concentrated.” Instruments should sit in a bath for a full 10 to 15 minutes in order to be disinfected. Spa chairs should also be disinfected in between clients. It's always best to go to salons when they are slow.

3. Foot baths, just like whirlpools, are difficult to sterilize quickly.
These are a breeding ground for mycobacterium (which can produce boils), warts, MRSA (hard to cure infections), athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, HPV and swine flu virus. All of those issues thrive in a warm, wet environment. Request a pipeless drainage system tub as bacteria breeds in pipes. Then make sure all water is drained, the walls are scrubbed and that the nail technician runs a cycle of disinfectant for 10 minutes between clients.

4. Untidy surroundings with too much clutter attract fungus and bacteria.
Dirt, clutter, poor evacuation piping and air filtration all breeds germs. And employees that don’t wash their hands between clients or salons that don’t ask clients to wash their hands are also at risk. Those piles of scrub brushes, instruments, trays and linens left open and in view, call for a change.

5. Disposable tools such as buffers, files and orange sticks should be disposed of between treatments.
If you see any disposables that have nail polish, dents or staining which suggest they were previously used, call the local Board of Health.


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I agree with you on this article. If you get a pedicure, always check it out first and ask the appropriate questions. You also want a person working on you who is certified so you know they won't hurt you. I've had mostly good experiences, but once I had a technician that I think was really a beautician asked by her boss to step in and do my pedicure. She hurt my feet and toes so much they were hurting for days afterward. I learned a good lesson. Ask all your questions ahead of time and if someone doesn't seem to know what they are doing, leave. Don't be shy or worried to hurt their feelings, leave. It's better not to take a chance on getting hurt. I couldn't believe how much she hurt my feet. She scraped my feet and cut the nails too low. And when my polish was done, it looked like a child had done it. She actually put my sandals on my feet before painting my toes! I told her that had never been done before at other salons and she said, "that keeps the client from messing up the paint job". My husband even noticed the nails looked messy. And he never notices stuff like that. Thanks for your article!

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