A pedicure infection can become a very serious thing and any unusual symptom noticed immediately after a pedicure should not be taken lightly. In recent years many people have had amputations and even died as a result of infections contracted while receiving pedicures. Yes, it’s that serious!
Although pedicures can be very beneficial to your feet, contracting an infection while getting one can be very detrimental to your health. If the pedicure tools used are not properly disinfected, most notably vessels used to soak the feet, bacteria can be allowed to build to dangerously high levels.
The bad part is that any break in the skin can help harmful bacteria get into your bloodstream. It could be a scrape from scratching a bump too hard, a nick from shaving or even an insect bite. All of these can lead to a pedicure infection by allowing germs to enter your body.
It is very possible also, to contract bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. The usual kind of bacterium associated with pedicures that is resistant to antibiotics is MSRA or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This strain of staph bacterium is resistant to all of the penicillins and as a result is extremely difficult to treat.
If this strain is contracted, the infected area may have to be amputated in order to save the rest of the body from an untreatable infection. If left to progress and spread too long, it will most likely lead to death.
Symptoms of pedicure infection include, small red bumps (resembling spider bites), (deep) pus filled boils, rashes and usually fever. If you notice any of these symptoms after getting a pedicure, please see your doctor immediately!
It is so important that when receiving a pedicure that all equipment and implements used are properly disinfected, especially foot soak vessels that circulate water. Units that circulate water usually have crevices for bacteria to hide and build up.
If someone else is performing the pedicure don’t be afraid to ask them what they used to disinfect the equipment. Also don’t be afraid to ask them to disinfect everything in the front of you and show you the cleaning agents they are using to disinfect. If you’re not sure if a pedicure tub or other pedicure tools have been properly cleaned and disinfected – don’t use them or let them be used on you!
The best way to disinfect pedicure equipment, is by using an EPA registered fungicide bactericide and viricide. Look for this designation on the label of cleaning agents used to disinfect equipment used on you. Also, if you have any nicks or scrapes on your legs or feet, its best to wait at least 24 hours before getting a pedicure that involves soaking the feet. And remember to always use the proper methods of how to do a pedicure .
Following this advice could literally save life and limb!