Nail salon hygiene has been in the news lately due to some problems at a few very specific salons. However, problems appear to be the exception rather than the rule. Millions of women visit thousands of salons every year without incident. Nonetheless, the newsworthy incidents that have developed underscore the necessity of customer vigilance.
Receiving a manicure or pedicure from an unhygienic nail salon can lead to a range of problems. A common problem is a mild to moderate skin infection. This can occur if the nail care tools are unclean or if proper procedures for nail treatments are not being followed. Many infections clear up, but an antibiotic may be required. This type of infection can become serious if you do not treat it promptly and can pose a greater risk to children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
A more serious risk is that of disease transmission. Although the CDC has to date not reported any cases of blood-borne disease transmission in the salon industry, the risk is always present.
The use of non-sanitized instruments could theoretically lead to the transmission of HIV or Hepatitis. A much more likely occurrence is the transmission of cold, flu or a skin infection.
While the chances you'll get an infection at a nail salon are pretty low, it takes only one to make you wish you were more cautious in selecting a salon. Risks include nail fungus, bacterial infections, plantar's warts and even herpes.
There are inherent risks associated with the manicure and pedicure procedures due to using the same tools on different clients with the risk of breaking the skin a very real possibility. This is why properly sanitized tools with other important hygiene measures must always be adhered too.
When entering a manicure or pedicure salon always spend some time to sit down and observe the procedures of the staff in maintaining hygiene. This might just save your life in the future.
Washing hands is one of the most basic ways to minimize the transmission of germs. Make sure that the spa insists on both the client and technician washing their hands prior to starting service. A fresh bowl of soapy water should be provided to each client for soaking the nails. If stones or marbles are used in the water, these also need to be cleaned and sanitized.