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Warts Warrant a Sticky Solution

February 1, 2003  | Article

The best treatment for common warts -- duct tape -- might be found right in your toolbox.

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  

Woman Awarded $3.1 Million After Contracting Herpes at Salon

September 1, 2002  | Article

Six months after the manicure, Preston filled a lawsuit against the salon, contending the herpes has damaged her overall health and she can no longer live a normal life.

Keywords: herpes   professional liability  

Just Add Water to Care for Brittle Nails

August 1, 2002  | Article

Caused by dehydration, brittle nails are the bane of the modern woman. Put to rest the old wives’ tales of gelatin and calcium supplements while teaching clients the tips and tricks that really work.

Keywords: biotin   brittle nails   Dr. Richard Scher   effect of menopause on nails   effect of vitamins on nails  

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  

The Help Desk Answers Your Technical Questions

December 1, 2001  | Article

This month our panel helps our readers with creating perfect smile lines, detached nails and fungus. 

Keywords: antifungals   onycholysis   smile lines  

Pedicures and Diabetes: Can You? Should You?

October 1, 2001  | Article

With the ever-growing popularity of pedicures and the growing incidence of diabetes nationwide, the two are on a collision course — with the point of contact at your pedicure station. We talked to podiatrists who detail the special needs of the diabetic foot as well as how to safely perform a pedicure.

Keywords: diabetic clients   diabetic pedicures   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

Almost 30 million Americans—approximately 13% of the population—has a fungal infection of the nails (also known onychomycosis).

Keywords: fungus   fungus treatments   onychomycosis   yeast  

Something Foul Is Afoot

June 1, 2001  | Article

With the booming popularity of pedicures, there are still some people who refuse the service because of two small (but very embarrassing) problems – their feet. Take the embarrassment out of this problem by learning the causes and remedies for smelly feet.

Keywords: reluctant clients   smelly feet  

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

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.

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