Dr. Jacqueline Sutera lists the potential consequences of infections triggered by a pedicure. "These can be very small and benign and treatable with a topical antibiotic or soap. And in worst-case scenarios, especially in the elderly or people with diabetes or poor circulation, this can be limb- and life-threatening, if not treated right away," says Sutera, a spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association.
|Dr. Jacqueline Sutera
"I have seen people lose parts of their toes, parts of their foot and even their leg from ingrown toe nails that started as bacterial infections. I currently have a (diabetic) patient who goes to a wound care center every other day because she's got an ulcer that started as an infection that started as an ingrown toe nail that she went to the nail salon for instead of me," says Sutera.
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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