Avoiding Infections at the Nail Salon

Nail salons can be a blessing and sometimes a curse. More often than not we have seen severe foot infections after a patient has received services from a nail salon. The problem is that not all nail salons are created equal and their hygienic practices vary. Here are a few tips that can help you avoid infections at the nail salon.

Bring your own instruments

This is the best way to prevent infections at these types of facilities. The salon may have certain rules regarding this practice so I would check with the establishment prior to your appointment. This method will also give you peace of mind knowing that the instruments used are clean and will therefore lower the risk of infection. Some salons actually have very good hygiene and can be trusted but one should look at the place prior to receiving their services.

Avoid Cuts in the Skin

Having an opening in the skin and receiving treatment at the nail salon increases your risk of infection greatly. The skin is a protective barrier from bacteria and if there is an opening in the skin this can lead to infection. Salons are heavily used and the large amount of people increase the bacteria load within the facility. Try to avoid shaving your legs or plucking hairs prior to a salon appointment to prevent any nicks in the skin. This will greatly reduce the risk of infection.

Don’t let them touch your cuticles!

The cuticle of the nails serve a purpose. They prevent bacteria from entering underneath the skin on top of the nail plate. When the pedicurist pushes the cuticle back they open up this area to infection. This is not a good idea. Often times we will see a patient come in with a nail infection at the cuticle area. Antibiotics and sometimes a procedure has to be performed in order to get rid of the infection. The simple way to avoid these complications is to not have them touch the cuticles of the nails. Leave that protective barrier alone and you will be fine.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a nail infection please do not hesitate to come in and see the doctors of Advanced Podiatry. We have a combined experience of 35+ years and have the knowledge to treat all types of foot infections. Call today to make an appointment at (813) 875-0555. We look forward to keeping your feet healthy!

Video Transcription

Hello, my name is Dr. Jairo Cruz Jr. I’m here to talk to you today about how to avoid infections or having complications after visiting a pedicurist.

Living in South Tampa and working in South Tampa, we see quite a few infections secondary to nail salons being too aggressive on the patients. So, here are some tips that you can use to avoid having this type of experience at your nail salon.

First of all is checking the place out and making sure they’re clean. There is a way to sterilize instruments. I don’t think they use autoclave which is essentially they stick the instrumentation inside this device that heats it up to a high, high temperature to kill any type of bacteria or fungal element that’s present on the instruments. But if they have this, that’s great.

I don’t think they do utilize this, I think they utilize solutions to sterilize their instrumentation but nonetheless, check out their process and see what they do to keep their instruments clean because this is a major concern when having them use these instrumentations on your own foot.

The other thing you can do to even avoid that whole complication is to bring your own instruments. A lot of people purchase a set on Amazon or wherever they can get their hands on one and sterilize it themselves at home and then bring it in to the salon every time they want to get a pedicure. This is actually a really great idea because at least you have the control of how clean your instruments are and the peace of mind that comes with that.

The thing to avoid also is shaving your legs or causing any kind of abrasion to the skin prior to going to the pedicurist. I know it’s frequently used that they soak your feet and the foot soaks may be perfectly fine if they use individual bags or some kind of sterilization technique where the water is clean and there’s no residual bacteria from other clients that go to the salon. But nonetheless, if you can avoid having any kind of nicks or cuts on the skin, this can greatly reduce your chance of infections.

Another thing is avoiding the salon when it’s overly crowded. If there’s a lot of people there, the more people the more bacteria, so therefore if you can avoid the crowds and try to go there early in the morning when the instrumentation is all fresh and clean and everything is not being used over and over again, that would be the best time to go.

The pedicurist should also avoid trying to cut away your cuticles or dig into your nail to get rid of an ingrowing toenail. These are things that shouldn’t be left up to the pedicurist. Unfortunately, I’ve seen a lot of complications, mostly in young woman who come in with massive infections of their toes due to these types of procedures at the foot salon. It can be totally avoidable if they just leave it alone and have a professional take care of it.

It may seem easy when you just think about it but in essence, there’s a lot more to digging out a nail if you will to avoid any kind of complications afterwards. And these things they’re just not educated on and therefore it’s a risk if you let them do that.

The cuticles are something that is supposed to be there. It’s part of your anatomy that prevents water and bacteria from getting in underneath the nail fold surrounding the nail plate and obviously, this is to protect you from getting infections just like our skin is there to protect us from infections. It stops the bacteria from entering our body and therefore is a shield essentially.

So, messing with your cuticles or digging into the nail folds is not the best idea and I would not recommend it. if you have any questions regarding foot care at these foot salons and would like to talk to us, please make an appointment by calling (813) 875-0555 or visit us on the web at www.thetampapodiatrist.com.