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"Death by Pedicure"

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by NewsBot, Apr 8, 2006.

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    Press Release:
    Death by Pedicure or 'Dirty Little Secrets of Nail Salons' by Author Dr Robert Spalding

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  3. John Spina

    John Spina Active Member

    Nail salon syndrome is a very common yet overlooked problem.I had a patient(also a friend) who went for a pedicure.She got a piece of her nail torn out.After that,her toenail got loose and a partial nail avulsion was performedon her.Subsequently she developed onychomycosis,which she blamed on midfoot trauma.I have a hunch that the trauma to her nail secondary to the pedicure was the culprit.
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  5. One Foot In The Grave

    One Foot In The Grave Active Member

    Great cover for the book!!
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  7. Tully

    Tully Active Member

    Since we are patting ourselves on the back for not spreading fungal nail infections like beauty therapists I am curious about the following:

    If a patient presents with some onychomycotic nails and some non path nails, how many pods would use 1 pair of nippers on the fungal nails and a separate pair on the non path nails? or cut the non path first and the fungal last with the same pair?

    Or dont fungal infections spread that way? If they dont, perhaps we owe a part apology to the beauticians?
  8. Donna

    Donna Active Member

    Hi Tully,

    I think the article is more centred on spreading infection from one patient to another, as there is not a strict set of Infection Control Guidelines for beauticians.

    One my previous clients (with onycomycosis :eek: ) before I moved from Brisbane was a beautician, and we talked "shop" about tinea infections, nail fungus etc. She said that while she did her best to prevent the spread of infection in her salon, there were no stringent Infection Control Guidelines in place for beauticians. She would refuse to touch the nails of clients with suspected infection, and would refer them to myself for assessment/treatment instead.

    There is no "Beautician's Board" or Association that devises sets of procedures or guidelines. She advised me that where possible, disposable items were used, such as emery boards, and items such as clippers were cleaned/disinfected and reused. They soak the feet prior to treatment (which you know is not indicated in podiatry), and they don't swab the skin with alcohol or chlorhexidine twice before treatment to remove gross contamination on the feet. They use nail polish with a brush that they "double dip" and use on multiple patients! :rolleyes: Do I need to continue? :p

    So without a set infection control protocol in place, it's no wonder that we hear these horror stories of foot infection so frequently. :eek:


    Donna :)
  9. martinharvey

    martinharvey Active Member

    Debridement in the First Degree

    Should this be "Death TO Pedicure"? or "See Pedicure and Die"? - Regards, Martin

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