Toronto podiatrist Dr. Hartley Miltchin said he sees about six to eight people a week coming in with infections they suspect they've gotten from nail salons, and it has worsened in recent years as more low-price places pop up. He has serious concerns about the nail salon industry based on his experience treating patients out of his North York-based clinic...I'm going to make a major guess that 99 per cent of nail salons are non-sterile," he said.
|Dr. Hartley Miltchin
"I know of cases where people have been hospitalized, they've lost the toe, they've lost the foot, and they've lost a leg from infections." Miltchin said podiatrists also sometimes cut nails and they are held to a very high standard of sterilization, using a process known as autoclaving, where instruments are treated with steam and pressure. "The same sterilization used to cut nails should be used in nail salons; it just makes sense," he said.
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