Skin Rashes and Other Conditions

5 Reasons to Be Wary of Nail Salons

Allison Tsai Apr 26th, 2013 (updated Nov 5th, 2014)
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Getting a manicure and pedicure can be a relaxing treat, but you want to be careful about where you go. Making sure the tools are sanitary is the key to having a good experience. But here are some of the problems that can arise.

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Fungal infections
Fungal infections

Fungal infections are common in nail salons due to instruments not being cleaned or the tubs of pedicure chairs not being properly sanitized after each customer. To minimize your risk, try buying your own instruments to be used at the salon.

Source:

American Academy of Dermatology

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Staph infection
Staph infection

Like fungal infections, staph infections, including antibiotic-resistant ones, also can be spread at nail salons due to dirty instruments or pedicure tubs. There are two documented cases of women dying from flesh-eating staph infections contracted at nail salons.

Source:

American Academy of Dermatology

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Viruses
Viruses

Contracting a virus from nail salons is also all too easy, especially when instruments are not sterilized properly. If your nail salon is using liquid sterilization, there is a higher chance you can catch a virus. Steam-sterilization and ultraviolet irradiated germicide offers the best protection.

Source:

Huffington Post

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Skin cancer
Skin cancer

Though the risk is low, people who get gel manicures subject their hands to UV lamps to seal the nail polish, which has been linked to an increased risk of developing skin cancer. In addition, people with gel manicures tend to have thinner, more brittle nails that peel and crack.

Source:

CBS News

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Damage to cuticles
Damage to cuticles

The cuticle protects the nail from infection, and pushing it back can damage it and increase risk of infection. Buffing the base of the nail or smoothing the surface too aggressively can also damage the cuticle.

Source:

American Academy of Dermatology