Post # 1
First off, Sorry C! but I have to disclose to help! 😉
One of my bridesmaids had a toe injury a while ago and it developed into toe fungus (bacteria got in the bruise, etc.) I know this is a bit gross but bear with me…
Are there rules in salons against this? (yellowed toenail). She wanted to get a pedicure and is very ashamed to ask. She doesn’t want the salon ladies to question her hygiene (which is perfect, FYI) and she doesn’t want them to remember her face if they deny her.
I’ve never gotten a pedicure so I can’t help her. Does anyone know?
Post # 3
Aren’t there medications her docter can prescribe?
Post # 4
hmmm…I’ve seen some pretty nasty toes when I’ve gotten pedicures. (Much worse than just yellow nails) I’ve never seen them turn anyone away and I’ve been to a couple of different places in both VA and TX.
Maybe she should try to go somewhere early in the morning – as soon as they open – just in case they do tell her something. This way she won’t be so embarrassed? But, I really don’t think they’ll say anything.
Post # 5
The medications take MONTHS! (wedding’s in July) she got quite a shocker and was totally down. She gets some nasty side effects too, antibiotics.
I’ll encourage her to try. Thanks!
Post # 6
Oh no, been there done that! I can’t imaigne the salon will turn her away. She can just go "omg i had no idea!" if something DOES pop up. I’m sure they’ll just think nmothing of it. They see the ugliest feet on a regular basis. I took lamisil for ringworm awhile ago and the side effects do suck. They dry you up soooo bad. It’s like Sahara desert mouth all the time. Anyways. does her toe look REALLY bad? or just a little yellow and flaky?
She can always do stick on toenails if that would help. I can’t imagine that polish is good for your toenails when you have a fungus so that might make it all worse. If she still wants a pedicure, she could wrap it up and be like "oh yeah i sprained it, please don’t touch it" so she can still get her feet rubbed on. Honestly, she probbly has blood under her nail anyways so you can’t tell. they might go, "oh what happened?".
The nail place I go to is owned by a nice Vietnames guy. I don’t picture them EVER asking. Less conversation usually helps. I hate to say that, but you might consider a place where english isn’t a primary language so they aren’t trying to discuss her toe with her, LoL.
Those places disinfect their tools (or should) really well using an autoclave. As long as it reaches like 250 F or so it’ll kill all the fungus. I *might* be a ringworm expert after my cats got it. Ugh. That I would only wish on my worst enemy =]
Post # 7
Oh, that sucks! Happened to me. I completely understand.
First, medical advice — treat it ASAP! There’s a topical prescription "polish" that will treat the nail over time, in case Lamisil or other meds aren’t an option. Otherwise, disgusting nail will get much, much worse (thicken, turn green/yellow …. ewww)
As for the pedicure, I am pretty sure the salon will take her if she:
1. Calls ahead (early) and explains
2. Goes to a walk-in nail salon (not a spa) during an off-peak time (think 10:00 am on a weekday)
3. Brings her own pedicure kit!
Spas and salons. Many of them have strict rules about fungus, warts, or anything considered "communicable."
Post # 8
It depends if it is a disease or not. If its not, she can get it treated. Tell her not to be embarassed about it, we don’t even think twice about things that people come in, its all part of our job! As long as its not anything you can catch, they can do her toes.
Post # 9
Sounds like a typical toenail fungus. Anti-fungal medications take a long time to work, but can be used in persistent cases… BUT… there is a folk remedy that sometimes works (learned it in diabetic foot clinic)… She could try using Vick’s Vapor Rub to the area. You have to get it as far under the toe nail as possible, and do it twice a day. I got it under there with the little attachment on the nail clippers that cleans underneath the nail. I don’t think it always works and it makes your foot smell funny, but I used it with a great result in just a couple of weeks.
Foot salons are supposed to sterilize all equipment between customers, but she should make sure to alert her technician anyway.
PS: Big difference between "bacteria" and "fungus". If she suspects a warm, red bacterial infection then she should go to her doctor, not to a pedicure! The bacteria could be antibiotic resistant and have significant consequences to other customers at the salon.
Post # 10
my mom has pretty gross toes and she gets a pedi all the time, i don’t think people mind, they probably have seen worst! ^_^