Most clients leave the salon with a set of perfectly polished nails, but some may leave with something far more sinister. In recent years, stories of serious infections and diseases have plagued nail salons across the country. To reduce your odds of picking up a scary infection, check your hands, feet and legs for cuts before you head to the salon. Any openings in your skin make it easier for germs to settle in, leaving you susceptible to illness. If you spot any cuts, scratches or bug bites, reschedule your appointment and give these wounds a chance to heal. It's also best to skip shaving or waxing for two days before your appointment, as hair removal can also leave small nicks or other openings in the skin that allow unwanted bacteria in.
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