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What Are Splinter Hemorrhages?

June 1, 2008  | Article

They get their name from their resemblance to a little splinter wedged under the nail. In most cases, these small thin lines are harmless. But techs should be aware they could signal a larger problem.

Keywords: fungal infections   nail diseases   nail trauma   psoriasis   splinter hemorrhage  

No Toenail? No Problem. Rebuilding Toenails

May 1, 2008  | Demo

You may be surprised to learn that scotch tape is a key ingredient when repairing badly damaged toenails. Athena Elliott, the owner of SPAthena in Houston and a certified Medical Nail Technician, describes her method of rebuilding toenails when clients have very little nail.

Keywords: acrylics   damaged toenails   enhancements   forms   nail prep  

What Are Plantar Warts?

May 1, 2008  | Article

Somewhat unsightly and decidedly painful, plantar warts are an annoying, persistent nuisance. But early, consistent treatment could be all it takes to eliminate this common virus.

Keywords: foot disorders   skin conditions  

What Is Psoriasis?

April 1, 2008  | Article

Psoriasis is a chronic, recurring condition that commonly causes red scaly patches to appear on the skin. These patches frequently occur on the elbows and knees, but can affect any area including the fingernails and toenails.

Keywords: nail diseases   psoriasis   skin conditions  

What Is Pterygium

March 1, 2008  | Article

Pterygium is a medical condition in which the skin grabs onto the nail plate and grows forward as the nails grows out. Nail techs are well positioned to identify this rare disorder in its early stages.

Keywords: nail diseases   pterygium  

Are Nail Biting Woes Over?

February 1, 2008  | Article

Cosmetics marketer in the Netherlands says he's found a cure to habitual nail biting.

Keywords: nail biting   onychophagy  

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

February 1, 2008  | Article

This common infection of the feet is most often characterized by cracked, flaking, peeling skin between the toes. In the majority of cases, it responds well to self care.

Keywords: athlete's foot   foot care   fungus   skin conditions  

Can callus buildup be caused by a fungus?

February 1, 2008  | Article

Fungus or callus? Here's how to tell the difference.

Keywords: callus   foot care   fungal infections   fungus  

Lifestyle Trends Affect the Health of Our Feet

November 1, 2007  | Article

Lifestyle factors affect the health of our feet. Obesity, poor circulation, and even the choice of shoe can lead to serious foot conditions.

Keywords: diabetic clients   foot care   fungus   skin diseases   special needs clients  

U.S. Deaths From Drug-Resistant Staph on the Rise

October 18, 2007  | News

A new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the number of deaths caused by MRSA staph infections in the U.S. may soon surpass the number of deaths caused by AIDS, writes the Associated Press.

Keywords: MRSA   pedicure sanitation   staph infections  

Put Some Medi In Your Pedi

May 1, 2007  | Article

So-called “medi pedis” are catching on with consumers despite the fact that there are no strict guidelines on what they entail or who can perform them. Salons that offer this therapeutic service promise clients a high level of sanitation, scrupulous callus reduction, superior treatment products, and expert knowledge on the part of the practitioner.

Keywords: medical pedicures  

Wisconsin Launches a Public Awareness Campaign About Salon Safety

April 4, 2007  | News

The Wisconsin Department of Regulation & Licensing launched a campaign to educate salon professionals and consumers about nail and hair salon safety.

Keywords: salon safety   salon sanitation   staph infections   state licensing   working safely  

Going the Distance (Restoring Runners' Feet)

February 1, 2007  | Article

Runners’ feet crave special attention. Rev up your pedicure business by catering to those clients who run for fun or fitness. A foot is a runner’s first point of impact — you can be their first line of defense against injury, through service and education.

Keywords: callus   damaged toenails   pedicures   plantar fasciitis   runners pedicure  

Nail Trauma: The Underlying Problem

December 1, 2006  | Article

Most of us have been affected by trauma to the nail — a car door, a hammer, even marathon training. If you haven’t experienced it directly, you’ve more than likely seen a client with a subungual hematoma. Learn when to leave it alone, when you can apply an enhancement, and when to refer the client to a doctor.

Keywords: nail trauma  

The Underlying Problem

December 1, 2006  | Article

Most of us have been affected by trauma to the nail — a car door, a hammer, even marathon training. If you haven’t experienced it directly, you’ve more than likely seen a client with a subungual hematoma. Learn when to leave it alone, when you can apply an enhancement, and when to refer the client to a doctor.

Keywords: client health   nail diseases   nail trauma   subungual hematoma  

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