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Will a Nail Salon Treat Nails with Fungus

Dr. Kline & Green Team
21 April 2020
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Nail technicians are familiar with nail infections of many kinds, so your fingernail or foot fungus won’t surprise them. Onychomycosis (nail fungus) in fingernails or toenails is more common than most people think, and many nail salons will provide a manicure and pedicure despite any nail infections you may bring with you. However, that they provide the service doesn’t mean they should. A manicure and pedicure won’t hurt (or help) an existing fungal infection, but it’s possible to spread it to other salon clients. Your best course is to alert the staff ahead of time so they may sterilize the equipment, including nail files and nail clippers, after use. If you’re asked to bring your own nail kit, they’ll tell you what tools to include. If your pedicure includes a foot bath, before you dip you toes into it, ask if the tub has been disinfected.

Onychomycosis is a stubborn infection that nail salons are not equipped to treat. And keep in mind that, while a case of  athlete’s foot will usually respond well to an antifungal or other over-the-counter treatment, a medical professional can deal most effectively with a toenail fungus infection.

Manicure and pedicure pampering

Every good manicurist’s toolkit includes acrylic nails, and artificial nails, clippers, nippers, nail files, orange sticks, and a deft touch with nail polish application and cuticle treatment. A nail technician will remedy ingrown toenails and calluses, and reassure you that the nail discoloration you point out is probably no more than residue from a coat of nail polish recently removed.They cannot treat or cure a fungal infection. But infections may often begin in nail salons where the same implements are used on many clients without sterilization. Be sure to ask your salon if they thoroughly sterilize tools after each manicure and pedicure.

Regular visits to your nail salon may help prevent fungal nail infections by keeping nails trimmed and clean. But pay quick attention to any injuries from clippers or other tools received during your manicure or pedicure. A small nick or break in your skin, nail bed, or cuticle could allow a nail to become infected or even allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream and cause serious health problems or aggravate an existing health condition.

Acrylic nails

Durable, high quality acrylic nails are a staple of every nail salon. But if acrylic nails remain in place for three months or more, the best manicure and pedicure pampering may not be able to prevent a fungal infection. When moisture is allowed to accumulate and rest under the nail a bacterial, fungal or viral infection can easily gain a foothold.

Read more about the risks of gel and acrylic nails

Foot baths

There are few things as relaxing as a foot bath but, unless you are the salon’s only client, you’re sharing that bath with everyone who soaked their feet before you. While you’re more likely to get a case of athlete’s foot in a locker room or walking barefoot around a swimming pool, a fungal infection may also be picked up easily in a nail salon foot bath or from pedicure tools that haven’t been properly sterilized.

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