Pedicure 101: How to avoid toenail fungus and infections

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX --It's sandal season, which means it's time for regular pedicures to keep those tootsies and toesies looks fabulous.

One false move, however, can turn what should be a relaxing treatment into a medical nightmare. A nip of the cuticle scissors or a heavy hand with the buffer can spell problems, putting you at risk of contracting a fungus or infection.

3TV's Heidi Goitia talked to Toni Sherrill, the manager of 20Lounge in Scottsdale, about things to look out for.

  • Look for dirty surfaces, used implements
  • Metal tools should be sterilized in an autoclave
  • Tools like buffers, files and orange stick should never be reused
  • Make sure pedicure bowls are properly sanitized; whirlpool baths require a special solution and about 20 minutes to clean well, so unless you see the process yourself, avoid them
  • Barbicide should be light blue; any other color is a red flag
  • Technicians should wear gloves