Doctor Oz did a show on Nail Salon Dangers – do you know the risks of Manicures and Pedicures and what to look for at your nail salon to make sure you don’t get fungus or bacterial infections? We spend $6 billion at nail salons each year, so make sure you know the dangers of manicures and pedicures and how to prevent them!
Manicure & Pedicure Danger #1: Dirty Tools
Does your Nail Salon clean their tools between customers? Or are your having your nails cut and trimmed with the same tools they used on the previous customer? Dr. Amy Wechsler said that you should look for a UV Tool Sterilizer or bring your own tools when you go to the nail salon. E-coli, which is found in feces, was found on tools in nail salons, because if a client goes to the bathroom and does not wash their hands, the e-coli from the feces can get on the tool and cause a very bad bacterial infection in your nails.
Manicure & Pedicure Danger #2: Dirty Tubs
None of the three nail salons in Manhattan that Dr Oz’s team checked cleaned the pedicure soaking tubs with a cleaning solution or disinfectant – the tubs were just rinsed with water and scrubbed with a brush or sponge. You can get fungus or yeast bacteria, which causes fungal infections from pedicure tubs. Fungus infections eat away at the edge of your nail and often get into the base of your nail. You can easily buy a tubliner for $1 so that you don’t have to worry about this problem. Never shave your legs the morning you are going to get a pedicure either, because you can get micro-nicks in your skin from shaving and fungus can get into your skin.
Manicure & Pedicure Danger #3: Dangerous Procedures
Did you know that foot razors are illegal in most states, including New York, but the nail salons would still use a foot razor when they were asked to at the nail salons Dr. Oz’s team tested out. Foot razers are used to remove callouses, and if you do not clean them properly, the blood from one person’s foot can get into the cuts they make on your foot. Dr Amy Wechsler said she tells all of her patients to use the callous solution Carmol 20, which dissolves thick skin away in safe fashion.