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Is it safe to use menthol topically while pregnant? I received a pedicure and they used a concentrated oil during my massage (felt like icy hot).
Menthol pregnancy: i see no problem with using menthol oil on your feet. ...Read more
19 weeks prego. Ok to get pedicure with foot and leg massage? Chance of pressure point actually causing problem/preterm labor?
Myth: It should not be a problem as long as masseuse doesn't over do it by pressing too hard to cause pain. Enjoy and congratulations. ...Read more
Personal issue: Unless you are a diabetic or have anatomical inability to reach your toes (from musculoskeletal problems or weight issues), then pedicure is a matter of appearance and comfort and the frequency depends upon the change in appearance with time that you are trying to correct. ...Read more
Probably not: The mechanical aspects of this are totally safe. There are some potentially toxic chemicals but the exposure as a client would be an insignificant risk. I wonder however about the employees who have this exposure hour after hour; day after day. ...Read more
Infection: A fish pedicure is performed when garra rufa (small fish) eat the dead skin off of a person’s feet. It is banned in some states. Sometimes a chinchin is used instead of a garra rufa – their teeth can cause bleeding. Neither the fish nor the pedicure tubs can be properly sanitized between customers and this can lead to infections. It is cruel because the garra rufa only eats skin when starved. ...Read more
Mani/Pedi in preg: Is anything proven to be safe during pregnancy? While nothing in life is 100% safe, i think that if you takd precautions to avoid prolonged exposure to fumes, you should be ok to have a mani/pedi during pregnancy. Let's face it: you want to make yourself look and feel pretty during that grueling last month of pregnancy! ...Read more
What are some medical conditions should I be concerned about before i get a manicure or pedicure?
Got a cut by cuticles during a pedicure in a public salon, what are the chances of catching hepatitis?
Very rare because...: Nail salons disinfect their tools and instruments. However, if the particular salon in question forgot to disinfect an instrument, a client would not expect to catch hepatitis A or B because she got vaccinated as a child (that's why we vaccinate kids). That said, if the instrument was not disinfected and the client failed to get vaccinated, there would still have to be bad luck to catch something. ...Read more
Had a pedicure over 20 years ago. Within 6 months all 10 nails came off completely on the same day. The nails have only just begun to improve is this ?
Onychomadesis: Onychomadesis is the separation and falling off of a nail from the nail bed.Common causes include localized infection, minor injury to the matrix bed, or severe systemic illness. It is sometimes a side effect of chemotherapy or x-ray treatments for cancer. A new nail plate will form once the cause of the disease is removed. ...Read more
Pedicures: I have always warned my patients about pedicures and the spread of certain diseases such as fungus, hepatitis and TB. Before having a pedicure, make sure the place looks clean. See if they sterilize their instruments; check their health record on line; Make sure they sterilize their instruments, use new files between clients and use a plastic insert in the foot basin. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: If the person doing it is very experienced, well-trained and careful not to cause any tissue injury. Make sure you discuss all of this with them in advance. ...Read more
Serious Questions: Yes. Of course. I am not sure where one get's these kind of questions. We are real doctors here donating our time for free. ...Read more
Ingrown nails: If you have an ingrown nail getting a pedicure is not necessarily bad. However, you need to make sure of a couple of things. First, don't allow the person to try to dig the ingrown nail out. They will most likely make it worse. Second, if you have an infection and they don't sterilize their instruments properly, it can spread to others. I suggest you see a Podiatrist and get it treated first. ...Read more
Sort of: Some (not all) nail salons cut corners, and in doing so, spread infections from one customer to the next. For example, they are required in most states to use emery boards only once and throw them away, but many reuse them. Many salons don't sterilize their instruments properly. A wise precaution is to buy your own nail instruments and bring them with you each time you go to the salon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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