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(HealthDay News) -- Whether you live in a big city or small town, you'll probably find no shortage of nail salons. But before you treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure, find out if health and sanitation guidelines are being met.
St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, Wisc., advises taking these precautions:
- Make sure your salon has an up-to-date operating license.
- Don't shave your legs the night before or the day of a salon footbath. Scrapes and nicks can make you more susceptible to infection.
- Check that nail instruments are properly sanitized. Heat sterilization is best. Even better: Bring your own nail tools.
- Wash your hands before a manicure and ask your manicurist to do the same.
- Insist on fresh soapy water for hand or foot soaking.
- Ask the manicurist to push back cuticles instead of cutting them.
-- Nancyann Rella
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