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Preventing Infections At Manicures

This tip caters more towards woman, but I guess it can be useful to men too. This tip involves the care one should use when getting a manicure/pedicure and what steps can and should be taken to avoid any possible problems that can lead to nasty infections.


First, always make sure that the manicurist uses new files on your nails (acrylic/regular nails) the first time you ever get your nails done and ask that you be allowed to keep those same files (stored in a plastic bag) so that you can bring them with you every time you get your nails done. This way you know where those files have been and that no one else has used them. Be sure to keep them sealed in the plastic bag at all times and don't let anyone else use them. Make sure you get them replaced at regular intervals, purchase new ones from your manicurist, perhaps she will even give you new ones.

Second, another good idea is to also bring your own bottle(s) of nail polish and clear top coat, once again erring on the side of caution because you don't know how many people the manicurist has been using the bottles of polish she has at her disposal. Most manicurists won't mind this one bit and it is in their best interest to avoid any possible cases of cross contamination at all costs.

Third, it is also a good idea to remove your nail polish yourself before even going to the salon if, for no other reason, to save a little time.

Also, make sure that your manicurist washes her hands before starting work on your nails, especially if she/he has just finished with another customer. These tips should help you have a better experience at the salon and also help avoid any possible infections from even happening.

By Melody from White City, Oregon

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March 9, 20070 found this helpful

Good advice.

My manicurist keeps all of her supplies separate for each customer. This includes files, orange sticks, and "nippers."

Now nippers are upwards of $35, so you are charged for those, and occasional sharpening. The rest, she supplies.

Since I am a doc, I started doing this in the seventies, before it was common. She picked up on it for her other customers, making them happy, too.


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June 28, 20100 found this helpful

Also a dose of triple antibiotic ointment to your nail beds immediately after a manicure prevents infections.

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