Many people enjoy visiting nail salons for manicures and pedicures for a number of reasons. The appearance of aesthetically pleasing nails help people professionally, socially, and with their confidence, not to mention that pampering oneself can be relaxing. However, these frequent visits come with a hidden risk – nail fungus! 

It is all too often that a hidden review for the majority of nail salons will complain that visiting that establishment resulted in an infection. These infections can be bacterial, or fungal. While bacterial infections can usually be treated with antibacterials, fungal infections tend to linger unless treated. The reason that nail salons are so notorious for nail fungus is solely due to sanitation problems. 

Salons are usually guilty of reusing instruments on their hundreds of clients, and only clean their foot baths once a day, if even that. Simply washing with water is unfortunately not enough, since fungal spores are not killed by water or soap, and the spores can also get stuck in the pipes of the foot baths. 

So what can you do to minimize your chances of getting nail fungus without giving up your pedicures entirely? For one, try to find an establishment that uses fresh instruments and foot baths on all clients, or uses a medical-grade autoclave to sterilize their instruments. This helps since the high temperatures in autoclaves kill any existing fungal spores. If you are unable to find such a salon, bring your own instruments and nail polish to use, and insist that the nail technician wear gloves. 

If you have already gotten infected at a nail salon, all hope is not lost. You can easily get treated using the FDA-approved PinPointe laser, by  calling us to schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors at one of our over 120 locations.