Hitting the nail salon for a pedicure is probably one of those trivial things that may be on your “January” list of things to do. But it could be more serious if you don’t take notice to the germs that are floating around your salon. So before you step into the New Year and primp your feet to get into those new peek-a-boo-toe shoes, take a peek at these tips:
Here are 5 simple steps that will keep your toenails healthy:
1. Clipping: Make sure that your pedicurist cuts your toenails straight across the top with your own personal toenail clippers – the rounded style can increase risk of injury to your nail which eventually can lead to a fungal infection.
2. Tools: Bring your own sanitized tools from home. This will reduce risk of fungal infection because they are sterilized and not previously used.
3. Cleaning: Your cuticle tool should be made of rubber or wood and must remove all of the dirt and push back your cuticle safely. Metal tools can cut and tear the skin.
4. Shaving: Shave your legs the day before your pedicure. A razor can leave mild abrasions that could let infection in, so allow a day for your pores to recover.
5. Timing: Try to make the first appointment in the morning when the salon opens. The foot basins will likely be at their cleanest and this simple precaution could prevent bacteria from transferring to your feet or toenails.
Here are 4 common signs that you may have a fungal issue:
Discoloration under the nail
Change of color to black, green or yellow
Foul or unusual odor
Thick and rough nail surface
Crumbling or break-off around the edges of the nail
Procrastinating in treating a nail infection can cause larger problems that will make treatment harder and healing nearly impossible. Fungal infections can be treated in the office by gently numbing the toe and removing the corner of the nail that is infected. Another option is to apply a chemical to the root of the nail to permanently prevent that part of the nail from growing back.