People can get toenail fungus from nail salons. Nail salons are a common destination for those seeking some relaxation and beautification time. While salons can be fun to visit, it is important to be aware of the risks that come with their practice. Toenail fungus is a common, very contagious condition, and nail salons can often be breeding grounds for fungus. There are precautions you can take before going to a nail salon. Although it is common to get toenail fungus from nail salons, there are many treatment options.
Risks of Nail Salons
The risk of nail fungus from nail salons comes with the tools that nail technicians use. These tools, like nail clippers, scissors, and foot baths, come in direct contact with each customer’s nails. The fungus can survive on the surface of these nail tools. If a nail technician uses these tools on someone with a nail fungus, fungal spores can collect on their tools. This isn’t a problem as long as the nail technician sterilizes their tools between customers. However, not all nail technicians or nail salons will do this. If a nail technician uses these infected tools on a patient without fungus, the fungus can easily spread.
There are a few ways to determine if a nail salon is taking proper care to sterilize its tools. Your nail technician shouldn’t use tools that have been left on their desk when you arrive. The tools they use on you should be newly sterilized from an autoclave or in a sterile bag. The best way to determine is to ask your nail technician what precautions their salon uses to prevent fungal contamination.
Toenail Fungus Treatments
There can be many treatment options for toenail fungus like topical medications, oral medication, or laser treatment. Our nail doctor from San Francisco, CA uses the PinPointe laser. Our nail doctors recommend this treatment because it is safe and FDA-approved. There is no pain and no side effects to this treatment. As a result, there is no recovery period and you can go about your daily activities right after the treatment. The cure rate for the PinPointe laser is 85 percent, which is the highest in the market.
Our nail doctors will consult you first and give you the best treatment options. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (800) 672-0625 or visit our website for more information.