20 February 2009

Foot Spa
Foot SpaIt’s so great relaxing your body and mind by soaking your feet in a tub of warm, bubbling water. Pedicure perhaps? Oh, yeah!

But, Be ware! Many salon were salon were infected with a nasty bacteria called Mycobacterium fortuitum and other worries such as warts and fungal infections. Both spread on wet skin.

This end up with many women had dozens of boils and were on antibiotics for months.

Many salons were had potential dangerous bacteria. That’s why nail salons have to follow specific cleaning and disinfection procedures for their foot spas, but not all states have the same requirements and not all salons follow the rules.

What Should I Do To Avoid Getting Infected?
  1. Always wash your hands and feet with antibacterial soap before procedure and ask your technician to wash her hands.
  2. Ask to see the foot-spa-cleaning log. Salons with the highest standards drain all the water, scrub the residue from the walls, and run a cycle of disinfectant for 10 minutes between every client—a procedure that’s particularly important for older machines with pipes that can harbor standing water, a haven for bacteria. Many salons are switching to pipeless foot spas, which don’t have a place for water and bacteria to build up; they still should be disinfected between clients and at the end of the day, and filtration screens should be periodically removed and cleaned.
  3. Don’t shave your legs the same day with your pedicure treatment because even a small cut can offer an entry point for minuscule bacteria and other infection-causing bugs.
  4. If your aesthetician has a cut on her hands, reschedule your appointment, ask for a different technician, or ask her to wear gloves.
Mani and Pedi Instruments
You wouldn’t poke yourself with a sharp instrument at home without sure it was clean such as Credo blade, a razor-like device that’s used to shave off calluses in many salons. It’s illegal in most states, but pedicurists routinely violate the rules. People have had tendons cut because a manicurist slipped while shaving a callus on the heel.
Meni Pedi Set
Even common utencils such as cuticle cutters and scissors have potential to transmit staph infections, hepatitis B and C, and HIV if they’re contaminated with even microscopic drops of blood from an infected person. Ordinary tools like files, brushes, and cuticle instruments also can be contaminated with fungus. The best way to treat fungus is with a topical antifungal cream, but some require a prescription-strength oral medication.

Don’t Want Get Injured Like That? Follow This :
  1. Ask how the salon disinfects its instruments. Can be done by strelizied the instruments with autoclave or oven. Implements should be disinfected between clients. They should be washed in soap and water, then soaked in disinfectant in a covered container. The solution should say bactericidal, fungicidal, germicidal, or virucidal on it. Clean tools should then be stored separately from used ones.
  2. Disposible items - Items that can’t be disinfected : nail-buffer blocks, nail brushes, emery boards. Those items were one time use, should be thrown away immediately after being used. Bring your own is supersafe.
  3. Say no to razor-edge cutters and cuticle cutters. It’s easy to slice the skin with cuticle cutters. Cuticles actually serve an important purpose, providing a protective barrier to microbes that could seep under your nails with water and cause an infection. If your cuticles are too long, have the aesthetician gently push them back or do it yourself at home with your own tools.
  4. Avoid pedis and manis if you’re diabetic or if your immune system is compromised because of chemotherapy or a recent bout with a serious illness like breast cancer. You’re much more susceptible to all sorts of infections if your immune system isn’t functioning well.


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