Dirty instruments and poor sanitation at some nail salons can put women at risk for diseases such as athlete's foot and hepatitis B and C.
St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, Wisc., advises taking these precautions:
- Make sure your salon has an up-to-date operating license.
- Don't shave your legs the night before or the day of a salon footbath. Scrapes and nicks can make you more susceptible to infection.
- Check that nail instruments are properly sanitized. Heat sterilization is best. Even better: Bring your own nail tools.
- Wash your hands before a manicure and ask your manicurist to do the same.
- Insist on fresh soapy water for hand or foot soaking.
- Ask the manicurist to push back cuticles instead of cutting them.