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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 on and every time I go to wipe my vagina hurts.& today it felt like something cut me and my nails aren't hitting it? Help?!?!

I have acrylic nails on and every time I go to wipe my vagina hurts.& today it felt like something cut me and my nails aren't hitting it? Help?!?!

Irritation: It sounds like the skin around your vaginal area is irritated. I can't be sure without an exam, of course. You can try spraying the area with water and gentle patting (instead of wiping), if you need to clean it. Sitz bath may help to soothe. Take a look and see if it's red, scraped, etc? If there is discharge, itching and additional comfort, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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I had acrylic nails a few weeks ago. I now noticed I have no visible lunula except on my thumbs. Is this a cause for concern?

I had acrylic nails a few weeks ago. I now noticed I have no visible lunula except on my thumbs. Is this a cause for concern?

Me too.: Yikes me too. I don't use acrylic nails but many people only show that crescent on the thumbs. It's ok. ...Read more

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My fingernails and skin all around hurt really bad after getting acrylic nails at the salon. The guy filed and buffed way too hard causing pain and bleeding. What should I do? I don't think it'll just go away.

My fingernails and skin all around hurt really bad after getting acrylic nails at the salon. The guy filed and buffed way too hard causing pain and bleeding. What should I do? I don't think it'll just go away.

Doctor can check...: A primary care doctor or a dermatologist can examine the fingers if a person is worried about how much of the skin got sanded away. Most likely, the skin will heal up back to normal (maybe with some color changes that should normalize over time), because if the sanding was really deep, the person would have screamed and pulled her hand away. Neosporin may help skin healing. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get acrylic nails during pregnancy?

Is it safe to get acrylic nails during pregnancy?

Yes: Just make sure your nail salon is well-ventilated. You want to avoid exposure to chemical fumes. ...Read more

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