Answer: Yes! If you get a manicure or pedicure at a nail salon, be sure to observe how your nail professional handles their tools or instruments. Do you see any sanitizers or disinfects near the table they are working? If not, you may want to consider going to another nail salon. Nail salon equipment that are not cleaned per regulations could result in increased risk of infection.
If you decide to stay to have your nails serviced there, ask the staff how they disinfect their tools and how often?
Tools, such as emery boards and nail clippers, can spread fungal infections from person-to-person if they're not sanitized properly.
Wash your hands after touching an infected nail, as nail fungus can spread from nail to nail. Please be sure to choose a reputable manicure and pedicure salon and confirm that they disinfect their instruments accordingly.
Fungi are microscopic organisms that don't need sunlight to survive. Some fungi have beneficial uses, while others cause illness and infection. Nail fungal infections are typically caused by a fungus that belongs to a group of fungi called dermatophytes. But yeasts and molds can also be responsible for nail fungal infections. All of these microscopic organisms live in warm, moist environments, including swimming pools and showers.
Microscopic organisms can invade your skin through tiny invisible cuts or through a small separation between your nail and nail bed. They cause problems only if your nails are continually exposed to warmth and moisture, which are conditions perfect for the growth and spread of fungi. Infection with nail fungus occurs more in toenails than in fingernails because toenails are often confined in a dark, warm, moist environment inside your shoes, where fungi can thrive.
Further, diminished blood circulation to the toes as compared with the fingers, makes it harder for your body's immune system to detect and eliminate the infection. Refer to our Healthcare Advisor.
Artificial Nail Fungus From Nail Shops?
Artificial nails have come to stay. It is rare to find a woman who doesn’t wear it these days. This naturally follows that they are used in covering their natural toes and to make them more beautiful. However, women have been known to use artificial nails to cover up nail fungus infection hence resulting in a coined word “artificial nail fungus”.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t cure nor solve the problem. Instead, it worsens it. Let me explain. Nail fungus grows in a favorable environment in which there is a lot of moisture and it is dark. Now when you apply artificial nails to the already infected toe nails, it creates an environment that is both dark and has a lot of moisture. Since these fungi grow only in areas that are airless and on feet that are both damp and warm, the artificial nail thus inhibits the easy flow of air around the toenail.
Fungal nail infections are more common among the toe nails than among the finger nails. But please note that any finger nail that isn’t natural but attached to the real finger nail is a huge contributor to the spread of the fungal infection. It is understandable that when the nails look yellowed as a result of the infection, the natural inclination is to want to put it out of sight and hide because of the stares you get on the fingers or toenails. But know that when you hide the nails under artificial nails, you are creating a more enabling environment that will foster the faster growth and spread of the fungus.
So, while it is covered, no one else of course sees the nails while it keeps getting destroyed and the condition worsens. If this gets to the extreme, you may not even be able to hide it any longer as the nail becomes so bad that it is virtually impossible to even apply the artificial nails. This is the reason it is better for you to nip the “monster” in the bud.The spread of the fungus nail infection is even more common among the women than men because of the flourishing beauty industry.
It is common fact that women these days visit nail shops where professional nail experts help apply the artificial nails they want. Now, it very easy for women to get their pedicures and manicures done for them at these shops and because of this, nail spas are very rampant and well patronized by women and even some men. However, these same shops which are a source of satisfaction to women can also be a source of sadness as they beautiful nails they go to sculpt their nails, can become infected by the nail fungus infection. This is possible because certain women who also visit these shops may have the nail fungus growing in their fingernails.
Once you have established that your nail technician has met all of the necessary requirements. Relax and enjoy your nail spa experience. If you really appreciate your nail professional! Don't forget to show your love and TIP!
It is an easy way for the professional groomer to disinfect comb, brushes, shears, and more. Kills ringworm, HIV virus, staph, bacteria, and other pathogens.
Barbicide disinfectant contains a powerful rust inhibitor. Metals can be immersed for hours without rusting, but should be oiled afterward.
See, Tools of the Trade
Only metal tools can be put in the autoclave. Other tools used in nail salons like pumice stones, emery boards, nail buffers and foam toe separators should be replaced after each use to prevent the spread of bacteria. That’s why the salon customer is better off bringing his/her own tools — just in case the salon doesn’t follow the required practice of swapping out no metal tools after every use.
While many salons use Barbicide, UV light sterilizer cabinets, or other chemical solutions to disinfect their tools, the only device that works completely to sterilize instruments is called an autoclave, which uses high pressure and steam to kills 100 percent of all infective organisms. The autoclave is also used by dentists.
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