There’s nothing quite like a relaxing day at the spa! Soothing music and scents surround you, as you lie back in a massaging chair getting your toes polished!
Too bad it might end in a bad viral infection. Huh, wait, WHAT?
Yup, it’s sad, but unfortunately true. Serious infections can be caught at these beautiful places, if you’re not careful. The foot soaking tubs and the pedicure instruments might be covered in dangerous germs, and these germs could lead to infections like athlete’s foot, plantar warts, yellow toenails, and more.
So, what’s a girl (or a guy) to do to avoid all this…keep reading!
How-To Avoid an Infection from a Pedicure
- Be sure to bring your own pedicure kit. Doing this will help decrease the chance of contracting a virus, bacteria or fungus.
- Ask the salon if they sterilize their instruments or do they just disinfect them. Sterilization by autoclave is superior.
- Make sure disposable items—nail files, foot files, buffers and toe separators— are really disposed of!
- Ask the technician if she washed her hands before your pedicure. Clean hands are safer!
- Go to a salon and technician that have licenses issued by their state licensing board.
- Don’t shave your legs before appointment. Nicks and cuts from shaving can allow bacteria to enter your skin.
- Let the technician know if you have a medical condition, particularly diabetes.
- Take a look around and see if the salon is clean. This can be a good indicator of whether or not their instruments are clean.
- And finally, it shouldn’t hurt! Pedicures shouldn’t be painful. If it is, tell them to stop and find a new salon!
No matter what precautions you take, it is important to keep an eye on the health of your feet after the pedicure. If you notice anything strange, call our office for an appointment.
If you or a loved one are experiencing foot pain or ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.
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