There are so many reasons people visit the salon; to have their hair cut; to get a good pedicure or manicure; to condition their hair; to apply dye to their hair; to have their hair braided or made, etc. No sane person goes to the salon with the hope of contracting one disease or the other, but still, many people tend to unknowingly pick up diseases from hair salons whenever they go there for services. Most times, they have no idea that these diseases were gotten from the salon and continuously fall victims of the diseases.
You may be wondering what the possible diseases that one could contract from the salon are. Relax and continue reading, we are going to bring you up to speed.
1. Head Lice
Perhaps they are known the incessant itching they cause to the scalp and the sores that can get infected when you scratch a lot. Ironically, they are attracted to clean hair and are usually passed from one person to another by head-to-head contact. It, however, can be treated by shampoo which can be applied at home.
The key to preventing lice is by making sure the salon sterilizes combs and brushes before using them on you. It is also advisable to always carry your own comb and brushes along when going to the salon.
2. Burns and Blisters
Due to the harshness of some chemicals and the inability of some skins to tolerate them, skin treatments can cause burn and blisters or even chemical burns on the leg in a bid to treat leg veins.
Apart from staying away from such chemicals, one can also make sure that the cosmetician is an expert and has received enough training, so as to avoid getting burns and blisters after the skin treatment procedures.
3. Fungal Infections of the Nail
Some salons make use of the same tools for all their customers without properly sterilizing them and this, in turn, can cause some really nasty fungal infections. These infections are usually characterized by swelling of the skin around the toenails or fingernails, pain in the area or thickening of the nail.
To prevent this, you can ask your manicurist to avoid cutting your cuticles. Medical experts advise that the cuticles can be pushed back a bit but cutting them increases the chances of infection. Also, make sure your salon owner sterilizes all nail grooming instruments before using them on you.
There are also chances of contracting Hepatitis through sharing of instruments like foot basins, razors, scissors and clippers used at nail salons and barber shops.
The best way to prevent this is to have your own instruments and bring them along to the salon. You can also ensure that these instruments are sterilized before being used on you.
5. Contact Dermatitis
When chemicals that are too harsh or chemicals that you are allergic to are applied to you, there are very high chances of you contracting contact dermatitis. Chemicals that pose high risks of causing this disease include fragranced products, acrylics and formaldehyde.
Always ensure to ask about the products that are being applied to your skin so as to be able to give full details of what was applied on your skin to the dermatologist in case any rash appears on your skin.
6. Staph Infections
People who treat themselves to pedicures stand the chance of contracting staph infection. The tubs in foot spas can be a source of infection when they are cleaned properly.
To avoid this, always make sure that the tubs in foot spas are washed and sanitized before use and the salon technicians wash and sanitize their hands before treating you to a pedicure.
In addition to the preventive steps that have been mentioned above, you should also always:
i. Try not to visit salons when you have open injuries or damaged skin as it leads to an increased risk of infection.
ii. Visit salons that are reputable and have up-to-date credentials for their employees.
iii. Ask the salon owners about the steps they take to make sure that their salon is infection-free.
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