5 Health Risks Lurking At Your Nail Salon

African American woman getting nails doneWhile a trip to the nail salon may be relaxing, the use of unsterilized tools, chipped nails, or cuticles cut entirely too low, could be putting your fingers, toes, and more at risk. To make matter worse (but not to incite panic), according U.S. News & World Report, about 75 percent of salons in the U.S. don’t follow state protocol for disinfection, leaving you at risk of serious infections, both internal and external. Here’s what you need to know…

Nail Fungus

Before you take a seat in that super inviting massage chair and immerse your little piggies in a warm, bubbling foot bath, you may want to ask your technician when the bowl was last sanitized. Not satisfied with the answer? Politely ask that the bath be cleaned properly prior to your pedicure. Your initiative can mean the difference between summer ready toes and developing a nasty fungus.

If you believe you have developed toenail fungus, avoid pedicures altogether to avoid spreading and possibly creating a breeding ground for the unsightly foot funk. Fortunately for sufferers, the condition can easily be treated at home. Experts suggest the use of a topical cream, nail lacquer, prescription oil which can be applied directly on the nail.

Warts

Because toenail fungus isn’t alarming enough…

With a parade of customers passing through a salon each day, the risk of coming into contact with someone who may carry the contagious skin disease skyrockets.

Warts, caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV), is spread through person-to-person contact by way of breaks in the skin. This also includes your feet, where plantar warts – which grow inward – can develop on the tops or bottoms of your feet. This can occur when a technician uses the same pumice stone on multiple clients.

Decrease your risk of warts by requesting the use of a new pumice stone before pedi time as well as the use of fresh gloves before lacquering your nails.