Ladies (and some men) take pride in their fingernails and toenails. That is why they frequent nail salons just as much as the shopping mall. What most are unaware of is the nail salon could potentially give you a nail infection. No, I am not saying to never go back to your favorite manicurist and pedicurist. As a matter of fact, I encourage you to keep attending the nail salon because maintaining nail health is vital. However, watch out for these 3 nail infections.

Getting athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot is just not an infection reserved for your favorite athlete. You can contract the infection too. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that spreads in a moist, cramped environment. At nail salons, the pedicure bath tub provides a breeding ground for this infection.

Everybody feet that gets a pedicure is not clean. Since these tubs see so many feet per day, if it is not thoroughly cleaned after each use, an individual could get athlete’s foot. Make sure the nail salon or spa you go to uses an anti-fungal cleaning agent prior to getting a pedicure.

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HPV (Warts)

With all the hands and feet a nail salon sees daily, contracting warts is a possibility. Warts are caused by a contagious virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). While there are different strains of the virus, some viruses cause overproduction of skin cells in which causes warts. Warts can develop virtually anywhere on your body; hands and feet in particular.

Warts can be spread person-to-person via broken skin. A nail salon worker could spread warts if they use the same pumice stone for various clients. Most salons use new pumice stones per client; nonetheless, make sure they use a new one on you (or bring your own). Also, make sure the nail salon workers are wearing disposable latex gloves.

Bonus Fact: In addition to warts, MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and Mycobacterium fortuitum are two skin infections that can occur in a nail salon. Again, make sure the workers wear gloves to prevent infection and thoroughly clean their nail instruments.

Swine Flu

If you thought swine flu (H1N1) was just a health scare fad, guess again. People have contracted swine flu at nail salons and spas. The problem is most people are not immune to it. Just like the regular flu, you can contract it by anybody within the vicinity who has flu-like symptoms. You can get swine flu by an infected person who coughs, sneezes or touches their mouth and then makes contact with you or a surface you touch.

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To avoid it swine flu (or the flu in general), make sure nail salon workers wear new latex disposable gloves per client and clean all instruments with chemical germicides.

 

To avoid these infections, make sure that whatever nail salon you attend is completely sanitary. When all else fails, give yourself a foot pedicure.