Nail Salon Infections
Men and women alike enjoy having their nails kept up neatly. Manicures and pedicures clean up the hands and feet and keep people’s hands and feet looking nice. However, they are not without risk, and pedicures in particular leave a person open to infection and various foot fungi.
The manicure and pedicure process includes trimming the cuticles. This is usually done by taking special scissors and trimming off the excess cuticle from around each nail. This bit of skin is not really necessary for the nail but it does connect to blood vessels. When the cuticle is cut too deep, it can bleed. This means that there is a gap in the body’s defense system. The skin is the body’s first line of defense against infection. Once the defense is breached, it is easy for any bacteria in the area to get into the small wound. If the cuticle scissors or anything else in the nail salon were not properly cleaned and sanitized, they can have dangerous bacteria on them already.
With pedicures in particular, nail salons can be a source of numerous types of fungi. Spa chairs are another source of fungi for the feet. In addition, the tools used to apply artificial nails or tips can also harbor fungi from other people’s fingernails.
Fungi and bacteria can thrive in a nail salon if the tools are not cleaned and stored properly. Every nail instrument should be cleaned correctly and then stored properly to maintain their cleanliness until their next use. Without clean tools, fungi and bacteria will thrive and can be easily spread from person to person.