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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 18, 2018
Category: Foot Health

At this time of year, we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM see many women who have toenails that are discolored, thickening and crumbling at the edges. These are the classic signs of a fungal toenail infection. Unfortunately, many patients who go to a professional salon for a pedicure come away with more than pretty nails. Nail salons are the perfect breeding ground for nail and skin infections. Fungi love places where moisture and warmth are present. Since these infections are spread by direct contact, salons have to follow stringent sanitizing procedures in order to prevent the spread of fungal infections. Below are 5 ways to help ensure a safe pedicure:

  1. Look for a license. Nail salons need to be licensed by the state health or cosmetology board. This license ensures that the salon meets certain standards of cleanliness and adheres to strict guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting nail tools. The license should be prominently displayed. If it isn’t, you may ask to see it. If a salon doesn’t have one, go somewhere else
  2. Bring your own nail tools. Salons are supposed to sanitize and disinfect all nail tools such as clippers and cuticle trimmers after each client in an autoclave or sanitizing solution. If you bring your own tools, however, you will avoid any possibility of contracting an infection from those used by others.
  3. Check foot baths. Another big source of fungal infection is the foot bath. These should be scrubbed after each client. Better yet, some salons have started using disposable plastic liners that are thrown away after each pedicure.
  4. Wear flip-flops. Don’t walk barefoot in the nail salon.
  5. Observe the overall appearance of the salon. Are the floors swept? Magazines kept neatly stacked and organized? Are the restrooms clean? Do the nail technicians have clean smocks? Chances are, a salon that looks sloppy and unkept shows a lack of concern for cleanliness and may not be the best choice.

If you think you have the symptoms of a fungal infection, contact our Washington office by calling (724) 225-7410. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will diagnose your condition and prescribe the proper treatment to heal fungal toenails.

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