Temperatures are on the rise which means sandals are making their come back! For many of us, that means letting our feet breath from a long, cold winter spent stuffed into boots. That’s right, it’s feet season!
Us girls want our feet looking beautiful and what better way than to get a pedicure, right? That may sound relaxing, but you should be aware of the dangers of a nail salon. The potential for infection in nail salons are greater than people realize. Here are 5 tips to consider for your next pedicure.
Always ask how they disinfect their tools
Do they use the state’s protocol with liquid disinfection, or do they use an autoclave to sterilize their implements? These are both acceptable and what you should look for in a safe salon. Don’t be afraid to ask, “Can you show me how you disinfect your pedicure chairs? Can you show me your cleaning log? Are you using single-use files on me?”
Refrain from shaving before you get a pedicure
You’re more vulnerable for infections just after you shave your legs. By shaving, the razor creates micro tears in the skin, which can allow bacteria to be introduced right into the legs. This can cause serious infections, like cellulitis. You should wait at least two days after shaving before going in for a pedicure
- Never let them turn on the bubbles while you soak your feet
The jets in the whirlpool bath can harbor bacteria and fungus. The doctors here at Feet First Podiatry see about 15-20 patients a week that come in with fungal infections, like warts, nail fungus, and athlete’s foot. Find a salon that uses pipeless foot baths or individual bath liners to further avoid cross-contamination with previous clients. Plus, make sure that your salon runs a sanitization cycle for the required minimum of 10 minutes between each client. Always be sure to dry the spaces in between your toes, as that area is where organisms like fungi and bacteria tend to grow.
- Is the floor dirty?
Check out the salon’s floor and make sure it’s clean. You don’t want to see clippings from people’s toenails and fingernails. The salon should be cleaning up after every client.
- Are the nail technicians wearing gloves?
A survey by NAILS magazine revealed only 17% of nail techs were them regularly. A good sign you’re in a sanitary salon is a technician wearing gloves. Gloves can help reduce the transfer of bacteria from client to client.