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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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Are acrylic nails safe to file in confined space?

Are acrylic nails safe to file in confined space?

Acrylic nails: Because acrylic nails are much stronger than natural fingernails, you'll need to use a coarser than average emery board or nail file. If you don't already have one, get a high-grit (100-180 grit) emery board or nail file, and also have a regular grit emery board on hand. Yes, acrylic nails are safe to file. ...Read more

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Can I get a fungus wearing acrylic nails?

Can I get a fungus wearing acrylic nails?

Indeed: Acrylic nails starve the "real" nail surface of oxygen which encourages fungal growth. Also, as the nails separate over time, moisture can seep underneath them increasing fungal growth. Be sure that at each "redo, " you have a complete clean up and disinfection. Be sure your technician only uses one file per client. Ask that your tech keep your stuff separate from other tools and materials. ...Read more

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I have acrylic nails & i think that my real nail is broken. I was bleeding & it hurts, burns. What can I do? Scared to take the nail off cus it hurts?

I have acrylic nails & i think that my real nail is broken. I was bleeding & it hurts, burns. What can I do? Scared to take the nail off cus it hurts?

It depends...: How bad was the extend...You are better off having it examined by a surgeon or emergency doc. Treatments vary: treatment of the following acute injuries: simple lacerations stellate lacerations severe crush injury avulsion of the nail from the nail fold perionychium subungual hematoma involving over 25-50% of the visible nail, etc..Know what i mean? ...Read more

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I am training to be a nail technician and i think I am allergic to acrylic. How can I overcome this?

Tough: This is tough as you are probably allergic to a chemical you are using to apply or paint nails, you should wear gloves at all time, to protect yourself. ...Read more

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I got acrylic nails. 1 of my pinky nails was hurting/throbbing/itching so on the 3rd day I took acrylc off, its been 2 wks, still same symptoms. help.

I got acrylic nails. 1 of my pinky nails was hurting/throbbing/itching so on the 3rd day I took acrylc off, its been 2 wks, still same symptoms. help.

Infected : I'm worried that you may have a secondary bacterial infection in your mail bed! You should seek medical attention soon, if this is not possible then warm soaks may help! If you finger starts to swell and turn red and hot, it's an emergency to get treatment ...Read more

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