Health Alert:Nail Salon Health Hazard

If you regularly visit a nail salon or work in a nail salon, you could be at risk of developing a lung disease from inhaling the chemicals.  Nail salons use a wide variety of toxic chemicals that can cause cancer, respiratory disease, disorders of the nervous and reproductive systems, and skin damage.  Getting a manicure or pedicure can put you at risk for developing skin allergy, either from the glues or some of the chemicals or developing a skin infection.

Here’s the Protection Guidelines from under their fashion and beauty articles:
Make sure there are no instruments that are dirty lying around.

•Make sure that the place is licensed.

•You should ask questions to the staff as far as how their instruments are cleaned or what type of chemicals are used.

•Disposable items such as nonmetal supplies like toe spreaders and emery boards cannot be disinfected, so make sure new ones are used for each customer.

•Avoid cutting the cuticles. try to encourage your beautician to push back cuticles, because each time you cut, you open yourself to infection. Cuticles are there to protect you. The same with your feet as well.

•You can even bring your own instruments to the salon. Some doctors say that’s a way to avoid infection. If you don’t, make sure the tools are properly sterilized, and anything that’s not metal is used only once.

•Finally, if you notice a problem on your hands or feet, be sure to see your doctor.


  1. zerry

    Pushing the cuticles always can also cause permanent nail deformities.

  2. Thanks for the info and visiting my blog zerry…hope to see you around 🙂

  3. yara4ever

    Wow thank u so much rieaane

  4. Yara, you’re welcome…I hope you’re enjoying your day now in Cannes 🙂

  5. elizabeth

    There are additional very serious hazards for bacterial and fungal infections related to the chair type foot bath used for pedicures. There are some good articles online about this. Simply, if a thorough cleaning of the footbath, including the filter, is not done after every client there is a potential for some very serious skin conditions — staff infection, ringworm, treatment resistant abscesses or boils on legs — just to name a few. It is probably safe to say that very few salons follow the mandated cleaning procedure, and inspection & enforcement is infrequent.

  6. Elizabeth, thanks for the addtional information 🙂 have a nice day!

  7. Hana

    This is the first time I have visited your site, impressed to say the least. I was very interested to read your info on the health concerns regarding cleanliness in pedicures etc. It amazes me that there are so many salons in Kuwait who employ staff who are not fully trained and educated in this area. Myself and my best friend recently opened our own salon in Kuwait and take this whole issue very serious, as our staff can vouch!
    Well it’s nice to know there are some clients who will now appreciate this ( after reading your tips)when they visit us at soho.

  8. Hana, thanks for visiting my site I’m glad that you appreciated my little contribution..:)

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