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Pedicure Safety: How to Protect Yourself at the Nail Salon

It’s that time of year again -- time to pamper your toes. From flip flops to sandals to bare feet, it’s the season to show off your toes. Everyone loves a good pedicure. It’s one of life’s little pleasures. But it’s important that you don’t endanger your feet at nail salons. If you’re not careful, you could end up with a nasty toe infection. Here are some tips for how to ensure you’re getting a safe pedicure: 1. Arrive 10 minutes early to take a look around. It’s hard to see infection-causing bacteria growing in your nail salon. But it’s relatively easy to look for proper sanitation. That’s why it’s important to give yourself enough time to take a look around. Also, make sure that each employed nail tech is certified, according to ABC News. 2. Proper foot soak disinfection. Foot soaking tubs should be disinfected between guests and it takes at least 10 minutes for the chemicals to breakdown bacteria. Make sure your foot soak tub is getting the proper attention. 3. Proper tool disinfection. Each guest should get a new file and buffer. These should never be used more than once. Tools that are reused should be disinfected in blue Barbicide for at least 10 minutes. If they’re just dipped in the disinfectant, that’s not enough. If the Barbicide is not blue, and instead is a greenish hue, it’s old. 4. You get what you pay for. If a pedicure is super cheap, it’s likely they’re cutting corners in some way. And why risk it? Go to a higher quality nail salon where they value each and every customer. Pedicures are the best, but it’s important to take the proper precautions. Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.