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This Little Piggy…

October 1, 2004  | Article

Have you ever wondered why so many odd things happen to the little toe? One clue as to why lies within the toe’s structure — and other clues lie within our genes.

Keywords: feet   foot disorders  

Is it Truly Pterygium?

September 1, 2004  | Article

Most techs will see overgrown cuticles once in awhile. But that fairly common condition can be easily confused with pterygium, a rare nail condition that should not be serviced.

Keywords: cuticle treatments   damage to the nail matrix   lichen planus   pterygium  

Help Desk: What Can I Do About Elderly Client's Peeling Nails?

September 1, 2004  | Article

This month's panelists answer reader questions about nail conditions. 

Keywords: acrylic troubleshooting   acrylics   backfills   effect of tanning on acrylic   effect of UV light  

The Aging Foot

June 1, 2004  | Article

Our feet — along with our activities— change as we mature. From hereditary problems to injuries, our feet often take a pounding the older we get. Help your clients take care of their feet throughout their lifetime to ensure good foot health into old age.

Keywords: arthritic clients   athlete's foot   brittle nails   bunions   corns  

The Help Desk Answers Your Technical and Health Questions

December 1, 2003  | Article

Keywords: bacterial infections   brush care   brush maintenance   greenies   onycholysis  

In the Thick Of It

November 1, 2003  | Article

Well-groomed cuticles can make a good manicure spectacular. Yet, while their importance is without question, the proper care of the eponychium and the true cuticle is often a mystery. Neglected by clients and mistreated by techs, the cuticle area finds itself much maligned. Here we show you what's what and how to keep it all beautiful and healthy.

Keywords: cuticle treatments   skin care  

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  

See Spots Run

August 1, 2003  | Article

Age spots — discoloration of the skin due to sun damage — provide an excellent opportunity for you to educate your clients about treatment options, suggest products and services, and begin treatment in the salon.

Keywords: age spots   Cuccio Naturale   elderly clients   hand treatment   salon services  

Nail Separation Anxiety

June 1, 2003  | Article

Onycholysis - separation of the nail plate from the nail bed - may appear innocuous at first, but caution clients against a “wait and see” approach. While you can’t diagnose the condition or its cause, arm yourself and your clients with information.

Keywords: fungal infections   lichen planus   lifting   nail separation   onycholysis  

Toe Woes

May 1, 2003  | Article

Stay a step ahead of clients’ needs by learning to recognize the most common woes that may cause pain and disfigurement to client’s toes.

Keywords: bunions   foot ailments   foot care   footwear   hammertoes  

Getting a Step Ahead of Onychomycosis

April 1, 2003  | Article

Once deemed almost impossible to treat, newer antifungal medications are claiming cure rates of 80% and higher. 

Keywords: antifungals   feet   onychomycosis  

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  

The Help Desk Panel Answers Your Questions

February 1, 2003  | Article

This month our guest panelists deal with lifting, allergic reactions, and the difference between a "classic pedicure" and a spa-type pedicure. 

Keywords: allergic reactions   deluxe pedicures   electric file safety   lifting   ring of fire  

Warts Warrant a Sticky Solution

February 1, 2003  | Article

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

Keywords: warts  

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  

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