We all want to look and feel as great as we can without the worry of getting an infection unnecessarily. This was the case regarding Paula Abdul several years ago, and although her story is past news, this event still affects all of us, even today. The Manicure & Pedicure industry is a six billion dollar a year industry. Dr. Marc Blatstein tells us that current information is available on the internet can enable all of us to learn what we need to know to help us evaluate our favorite salon. As all of us are getting a little older, we know that our health care delivery system alone cannot take care of all aspects of our lives, and so the old adage still holds true, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure“. Dr. Marc Blatstein has over 20 years of patient care along with informative sites that he has found helpful, all to help you make healthy decisions.
To start with, there are some things you should know:Any sort of cutting or shaving of the skin should always be done by a qualified physician, which in most states is prohibited by non-licensed medically professionals.The best time to get your Pedicure is first thing in the morning, and before you shave your legs. Things to observe the next time you visit your salon. Dr. Marc Blatstein recommends taking a moment to look around; does it appear clean to you. Do they have an up to date sanitation log? Will they show you where they sterilize their instruments- do they use an autoclave, or just wipe their instruments with a damp cloth, these are just some of the things to look for.
In closing, quoting “from Consumer Reports: “….warning signs to watch out for”: unmarked bottles/containers, products that smell unusually strong or have a strange odor, if your skin is being abraded or cut, your salon is not clean, their instruments are not sterilized, Licenses for the salon and individual operators are not visibly posted and if you see swelling, redness or other signs of an impending infection.
Orly Avitzur, M.D., Consumer Reports medical adviser After all we all want to look & feel the best that we can. Dr. Marc Blatstein