Your first nail salon visit is not too far off and primping your feet can help take away the winter blues. Although pretty feet may make you smile, there are health risks involved that could make you frown. So, before you take your feet out of those winter boots and make a trip to your favorite salon, take these 5 precautions into consideration to avoid potential fungal infections!
- Schedule your appointment first thing in the morning when the salon opens. The foot tubs will likely be at their cleanest and this simple step could prevent bacteria from transferring to your feet or toenails.
- Bring your own sanitized tools from home. This will reduce the risk of fungal infection since you know you are the only one who has used them.
- Make certain that your pedicurist cuts your toenails straight across the top with your own toenail clipper. Any other style will increase the risk of injuring your nail which can then let bacteria in quickly.
- Be sure that your cuticle tool is rubber or wood when removing dirt and pushing back your cuticle. Metal tools could be harsh and cut you.
- Shave your legs the day before your pedicure. A razor can leave mild abrasions that you cannot notice easily, so allow a day for your pores to recover.
There are noticeable signs that could give you alarm for concern. Sometimes catching it early will determine the type of treatment you will need to hopefully save the nail. If any of your nails become discolored, black or yellow, then you likely are on your way to a problem. Other signs could be thickened and rough nail surface, strange or foul odor, and weakness around the edges of your nail. Typically, the big toes are more susceptible than the little ones.
Waiting too long to treat a nail infection can cause deeper problems that will become harder to treat, and then those open-toed shoes will go back to hiding in the closet!
So, if you do contract a nail fungal infection and over-the-counter drugs or home remedies do not give you full relief, reach out to Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers in any of our three locations in Macomb County: St. Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb. Call 586-779-6140 and make an appointment with Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM or Adam Thompson, DPM and get your fungal infection under control before the snow thaws.