Nail salon hazards
By Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists
March 18, 2014
Category: Education
Tags: bacteria   nail salon   footbath  

An investigation by the television show 20/20 found that some nail salons are unsanitary. In one case, high levels of tuberculosis-related bacteria were identified in footbaths. The owner admitted that he never cleaned the suction screens in the footbaths where debris from hair, skin and nails accumulate — that is where the bacteria is believed to have built up.

Other salons revealed more disturbing practices. Disposable nail buffers and emery boards were used on multiple customers. Disinfectants were excessively diluted. Some were caught using razor-sharp blades to scrap calluses from customers' feet.

Each state has guidelines to assist salons in providing a safe and healthy experience. These can be found at:

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