I would like to know if it is better to perform pedicures with or without gloves? What types of infections or skin disorders can a nail technician get on her hands from infected clients? Is soaking with an antibacterial, antifungal, cross-contamination-preventing soak enough to protect our precious hands?
Simply wearing gloves is not enough. What would your next client think if she discovered you had just finished working on a client with an infection, but you wore gloves? Do you think it would make her feel any better? But more importantly, nail professionals are required to turn away a client with an infection and not perform any services until the infection has completely healed and disappeared. Nail professionals are only allowed to work on healthy nails and intact skin with no visible signs of disease or infections. Professional nail services are for beautification and nail technicians are not allowed to diagnosis, prescribe, or treat any type of infection or other medical condition. Only a qualified medical professional can properly and safely deal with these issues.
Don’t be fooled: There is no such thing as a foot soak that will prevent cross-contamination from an active infection. Antibacterial/antifungal foot soak products cannot prevent the spread of infectious organisms in the salon setting. That’s why following proper salon sanitation practices are essential. — Doug Schoon is chief scientific advisor for CND.