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PODIATRIST WARNS OF NAIL SALON DANGERS

Your beautiful mani-pedi could give you an ugly infection - or worse. Look around the salon to see how clean it is. "The true test is the bathroom. If it isn't spotless, you shouldn't trust that the stations are," Gabriel Maislos, DPM, a podiatrist affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, said. Aestheticians never should cut cuticles, which serve as skin barriers to protect your nails’ growth. Nor should they remove calluses with a metal cheese grater-like device.
 
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Dr. Gabriel Maislos
 
 
Whirlpools and tools can spread blood-borne diseases–such as HIV and hepatitis–via microscopic nicks and re-used instruments. Even invisible nicks expose you to the possibility of infection, which also is why you shouldn’t schedule a pedicure within two days of shaving your legs. And forget about trendy pedicures that have flesh-nibbling fish to remove dead skin. “The fish use their teeth, which could create cuts – and who knows what germs they’re carrying,” Dr. Maislos says.
 
Source: ABC News [6/4/19]
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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