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What's the Diagnosis: Dry Skin or Athlete's Foot?

September 1, 2003  | Article

Think someone wiht athlete's foot would never come in for a pedicure? Think again. What you and your clients desdribe and treat as dry skin might actually be a mild, but still contagious, case of athlete's foot.

Keywords: athlete's foot   feet   foot disorders   skin care  

Go to Healthy Extremes With Feet

March 1, 2003  | Article

Do your best not to get on a client’s nerves -- because you never know who might have peripheral neuropathy. The loss of sensation in feet and hands that marks this not-uncommon condition leaves the unaware client susceptible to infection.

Keywords: pedicures   special needs clients  

Closing In On Ingrown Toenails

December 1, 2002  | Article

Wearing tight, closed-toed shoes is an invitation for ingrown toenails. Soreness, irritation, and pain are just a few symptoms clients live with. Here we give you tried-and-true solutions to ease client discomfort.

Keywords: ingrown toenails   nail diseases   pedicure implements  

Bacteria: Back to the Basics

October 1, 2002  | Article

As a nail tech, you come in close contact with a number of people on a regular basis, in a type of interaction that makes the spread of bacteria and disease not only possible, but likely. With the recent spotlight on bacteria-related mishaps in the nail industry, we decided to revisit its history, causes, and remedies.

Keywords: bacteria   bacterial infections   fungus   nail separation   nail trauma  

Caring for Callused Feet

June 1, 2002  | Article

With summer quickly approaching, women (and men) are making it a priority to get their feet in tip-top shape for sandal season. And for feet to look their absolute best, they should be smooth and free of calluses.

Keywords: callus   foot care   pedicures  

Raynaud’s Phenomenon: A Tale of Two Clients

April 1, 2002  | Article

Looks aren’t everything when it comes to a client’s health: To know which ones have Raynaud’s Phenomenon, you need to ask. And you do need to ask, as two clients’ tales will tell.

Keywords: nail diseases   Raynaud's Disease   special needs clients  

Why Nail Biters Bite

September 1, 2001  | Article

An estimated one in every four people bite their nails.  While most often dismissed as a bad habit, the reasons for nail nibbling could run deeper than sheer routine. Understanding the reasons why your clients bite can be beneficial to all nail techs in helping clients break their nasty habit.

Keywords: nail biting  

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Fungus But Were Too Disgusted to Ask

September 1, 2001  | Article

Just My Opinion: Acrylics vs. Bacteria

December 1, 2000  | Article

Keywords: nurses and artificial nails  

Long Nails and Nursing Don't Mix

August 1, 2000  | Article

What infection control personnel say common sense has long indicated is now being proven by research: Health care workers with artificial nails and long nails are more likely to harbor harmful bacteria on their hands.

Keywords: nurses and artificial nails  

The Nail Doctor

June 1, 2000  | Article

The Nail Doctor

April 1, 2000  | Article

Editor’s Note: In December 1999, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new preparation for the topical treatment of onychomychosis, which is by definition a fungus infection of the nail and would include both fingernails and toenails. The product, named Penlac Nail Lacquer Topical Solution 8%, was developed by Europe’s Aventis Pharma and is being marketed in the United States by Pennsylvania-based Dermik Laboratories, a unit of Aventis. At press time, manufacturers said the prescription drug would begin selling this spring. Since up until the approval of this drug the FDA had prohibited companies from claiming topical antifungals worked on nails, we asked Dr. Richard Scher to comment on the approval of the first topical treatment approved for treating fingernail and toenail fungus in the United States.

The Nail Doctor: New Antifungal Treatment Shows Promise

April 1, 2000  | Article

Clinical trials demonstrate that the prescription nail lacquer does penetrate the nail lacquer does penetrate the nail, enabling it to get to the fungus, which begins and is active in the skin underneath the nail bed.

Keywords: antifungals   fungus treatments  

The Doctor is “IN” - Establishing a Salon-Doctor Relationship

April 1, 2000  | Article

Finding a good doctor is like finding a good nail technician – people want a personal referral from someone they trust. If you’re still looking for Dr. Right, here are some suggestions from physicians and nail techs who’ve made referral relationships work.

Keywords: building your clientele   business building   working with doctors  

FDA Approves Antifungal Nail Treatment

March 1, 2000  | Article

Keywords: antifungals  

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