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Nail Salon Health Hazards

Nail salons use a wide variety of toxic chemicals that can cause cancer, respiratory disease, disorders of the nervous and reproductive systems, and skin damage.

The chemicals used in nail salons are not your “everyday” chemicals. These are industrial strength chemicals that require regulations and education for their use.

If you regularly visit a nail salon or work in a nail salon, you could be at risk of developing a lung disease from inhaling the chemicals.

Getting a manicure or pedicure can put you at risk for developing skin allergy, either from the glues or some of the chemicals or developing a skin infection.

Treatment-resistant skin abscesses or boils on their lower legs were complained by people who had recently had a pedicure in one of the whirlpool foot bath chairs at a single salon. These recliner-type chairs have an integral footbath with re-circulating water that reaches to just below the patron’s knees. Cultures of the [sick] women’s legs and the foot bath filter screens have revealed that the screens had never been removed for cleaning, and tremendous amounts of hair, skin, and organic debris had built up. Laboratory tests revealed massive amounts of the same unusual microbe Mycobacterium fortuitum in both the filter screens and patients’ sores.

The biggest problem is what’s known as nail fungus. It’s a communicable disease. Another is ringworm. Also, both the drills that are sometimes used, and cuticle pushing can damage the matrix of the nail, causing permanent loss or deformity.

Protection Guidelines:

Above all, play it safe.

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