Professional Salon Pedicures May Cause Toenail Fungus
According to Kim Kyle Morgan of Chron, customers with conditions like diabetes or a weak immune system can put themselves at risk when dealing with the procedures done to their feet during a basic pedicure. In fact, research shows that salon pedicures can even increase the likelihood of unhealthy foot problems such as toenail fungus.
“Fungus can get caught up in the motor of whirlpool basins, releasing it again every time the motor revs up,” explains physician Esther Jonas. However, it is still possible to get a pedicure safely. “The ones without the whirlpool effect are much safer, and adding a disposable liner offers double protection,” Jonas says.
Toenail fungus is a persistent problem that can be not only difficult to be rid of but also embarrassing for the one affected. Fortunately, there are several different options when it comes to treating toenail fungus.
- Soaking toenails in a gentle bleach solution made with vinegar and Listerine
- Applying anti-fungal treatments containing terbinafine on a regular basis can be very effective. Doctors consider Lamisil to be the most effective, but you can use any anti-fungal treatment
- Applying talcum powder inside shoes or wearing quick-dry wick socks
- Topical products manufactured specifically for toenail fungus
- Laser surgery
- Natural methods such as tea tree oil, alcohol, Vicks VapoRub or hydrogen peroxide
Fungus requires air, moisture, and skin to live. Be sure to wash and dry the affected area thoroughly on a routine basis.
Never cut fungal toenails with any sort of scissor. Once you treat fungal nails, throw away any old pairs of shoes in order to avoid the possibility of reinfection.
If you have any questions about salon pedicures and toenail fungus, contact one of the best podiatrists in Novi. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.