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Pertinent perils of the nail salon

Posted on April 20th, 2015

Harris & Ross-716ATTENTION,

All fungus, please report to the nail salon.

Now personally I prefer optimism, so this isn’t a post about “blogging off” nail salons, but it is about some tips and tricks to keep you and your feet safe.

But first a bit about fungus:

Fungus is one of the hardest infectious organisms to kill. It’s one of the reasons we have to obliterate our instruments on the surface of the sun for 10-15minutes (putting in an autoclave/steriliser).

But is it really so bad?

Fungi can infect the skin causing the renowned athletes foot, an itch, red skin and spots; this is fairly easy to rid yourself of. But its infamous partner in crime, the “nail infection” can cause some serious distress. Thick, crumbly, discoloured nails, prone to infection, and very difficult to treat, nobody wants this!

So “what are the risks at the nail salon?” one may ask…

On the whole salons are getting much better with their infection control. Most are using sterilisers for instruments and wiping down surfaces between clients. The problem arises with the nail varnish, and anything they re-use from one person to the next without sterilisation.

Tips and tricks:

If you continue to read these blog-posts you will soon pick up on the trend that the best tip when it comes to foot health is prevention! Using your own nail varnish and products, researching the salon, and asking about their sterilisation techniques, are essential. And if you are in any doubt head along to your local podiatrist for prompt diagnosis and treatment of the fungus! The earlier the better, especially when it comes to the nail variety!

If any of the readers out there have any foot mysteries they would like debunked send your topic to

Keeping you updated with your foot health.

William Joyce

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