Are nail salons bad for my nails?

A nail salon could be bad for your nails

Salons can vary greatly in their procedures, what they do for a pedicure or manicure and how they clean their tools and instruments.

If instruments are not sterilized properly between clients, they can be contaminated and cause infections such as Athlete’s foot or a fungal nail problem. Any wound or tiny open cut can be infected and lead to a serious problem. If you are not confident in a salon’s standards then it is advisable to bring your own pedicure or manicure instruments with you. Footbaths can also be a breeding ground for infection causing bacteria so ask if they have fully scrubbed and disinfected it before you put your feet in it.

Manicures and pedicures also involve lots of scrubbing and clipping. Don’t ever allow a technician to use a foot razor to shave down calluses or dead skin. This is highly dangerous actually illegal in most states. Cuticles should also not be cut by a technician. They serve as a protective barrier to the surrounding skin and nail and cutting them increases the risk for infection as well.

If you have any doubts about a salon’s procedures or cleanliness, walk out. Contact Dr. Danciger for treatment if going to a salon has caused any kind of foot infection or injury.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle