Is this your first pedicure — or has it been years since your last visit to the nail salon? If the answer is “yes,” we’ve got you covered. A fungal toenail is a common condition, and improper pedicure hygiene is one of the causes. Look no further because the doctors at Gentle Touch Footcare have a few suggestions that can help you choose the right salon and walk away fungus free.
Keep it clean
Don’t hesitate to visit a nail salon before making an appointment. Take a look around, noting sanitizing products, a clean workspace, gloves, and other standards that may be on your checklist. From the receptionist desk area to the pedicure station, cleanliness is important. Ask your friends, neighbors or co-workers if they know anything about the salon of your choice. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to determine how a salon is perceived by the community.
Wait until you’re healed
If you have a fresh cut or an irritated ingrown toenail, it’s best to avoid time at the nail salon. By exposing these cuts to a new environment, you’re at risk of bacteria entering your wounds and potentially causing an infection. Let your cuts heal. Trust us, you will have a much more enjoyable experience.
Beware of shared materials
If you’re provided a pair of flip-flops after your pedicure, they should be a brand-new pair. If you are using a warm towel for a foot massage, your towel should be for your use only. Shared materials are a quick way to pass along a fungal infection. It also is a great idea to bring in a pair of clean flip-flops to avoid taking any chances.
This season, don’t take your foot health lightly. Stay vigilant — even when relaxing during your first pedicure. Once you’ve done your research, sit back and enjoy it. Make an appointment with our doctor, Bruce Theall, DPM if you are concerned about your toenails. Call us today at 973-673-3668. Our office is located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018.