Friday, January 16, 2015

How to Keep Your Nails Strong and Healthy

There are several serious nail problems you may develop after receiving a manicure. For this reason it’s very important that you take all the necessary precautions each time you visit the nail salon.

Overly Vigorous and Repeated Manicuring 
The pattern of the spots seen in this nail above for example, are typical of overly vigorous and repeated manicuring. Trauma to the nails is often accompanied by white spots(leukonychia) that grow out slowly with the nail. Notice how the curves in this nail, resemble the curve of the cuticle and proximal nail fold.

 Nail Infections 
Several years ago a friend of mine shared with me that she had developed a nail fungus after receiving a manicure at this nail salon she had been for the first time. As a result, she had to be taking lamisil -- prescribed by her doctor. She said she was very concerned about taking this particular drug, due to all the possible adverse effects, such as liver damage and more.

Salon Hygiene
I have also read one case where a Dallas salon owner was fined for cleansiness after 4 customers contracted bacterial infections.

Suggestions to Minimize Your Chance of Nail Infections 
You should be very observant when you visit a nail salon for the first time. It's critical that you examine the salon to make sure it’s clean and all the instruments employees use are new or properly sterilized, according to OSHA or your state's guidelines. These are just a few of the health safety guidlines implemented by the State of Georgia cosmotology board, for example:

1.Hand washing should be performed before and between providing services to each client.

2.Anantibacterial soap should be used to sanitize the hands and the exposed portions of arms before providing services and after smoking, drinking, eating, and using restrooms.

3.Soiled and dirty tools and implements should not be used again until properly cleaned and disinfected according to the procedures stated in this rule.

4.All multi-use tools, implements, and equipment that come in contact with a client must be cleaned of all visible debris after each use and disinfected by complete saturation or immersion for at least 10 minutes in an EPA registered, hospital grade disinfectant according to the manufacturer’s directions.

5.Single use items or any items that cannot be disinfected should be discarded after being used one time, such as emery boards, nail files, sleeves and sanders for electric files, orangewood/birchwood sticks, wooden applicator sticks, etc.

If you notice, none of the above hand hygiene, sterilization, and cleansing of tools are performed at the nail salon of your choice, you shouldn't continue visiting this salon to have your nail care done.

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