Getting a pedicure is a nice, relaxing experience. Most people go to the nail salon to let go of their worries and relax. When you get a pedicure you shouldn’t have to worry about your health, right? One would think so. One would hope so. However, there are hidden dangers associated with getting a pedicure that one wouldn’t think of. There are some important things to look out for when you head to the salon, so you can enjoy that pedicure… worry-free!
- Make sure the metal tools they’re using have been sterilized between EACH CLIENT- if the metal tools the nail technician uses aren’t sterilized, you can get a nasty infection. Look for tools soaking in that blue liquid disinfectant- Barbicide, for example. Some salons use UV lights to sanitize tools, however, they need to be in the “ovens” for hours to effectively sterilize the instruments.
- Be wary of allowing the pedicurist to turn on the bubbles. The jets in the whirlpool bath can harbor bacteria and fungus. You can contract fungal or viral infections like athlete’s foot and warts.
- Watch out for non-metal tools… these are not sterilizable, so they should be used on YOU, and ONLY YOU. Stay alert and pay attention to the pedicurist to ensure that you’re not coming into contact with any used non-metal tools. A great idea is to bring your own nail files and foot pumices with you to the nail salon.
- Be clear about how you want the pedicurist to cut your nails and cuticles. If the pedicurist cuts too far into the corners, that can encourage the nail to grow into the skin, causing ingrown toenails.
- If you’ve just shaved your legs, and have a compromised immune system- like diabetics and people with HIV, the elderly, or anyone with vascular disease or circulation problems… you are more susceptible to infection. You can get infections like cellulitis from bacteria being introduced into the legs from microtears in the skin. Better to wait till after a couple days post-shave to get that pedicure.