PHILADELPHIA - "IT’S NOT been fun at all," said Nicki Mosalisi.
"I’ve had to wear pants every single day."
Fourteen-year-old Nicki Mosalisi started developing sores from a bacteria she
picked up at a California nail salon. Mosalisi was one of dozens of customers
who got a severe skin infection following a pedicure last fall. Health
inspectors say the infection came from bacteria in the footspas.
In our area, Delores London had to have minor foot surgery all because of a
"I know there are potential problems, but I never thought that it would
have affected me, because I never had a problem in the past" London said.
Dr. Teresa Tobin says dirty instruments were probably used on London's feet,
and she got an infection. Dr. Tobin says infections happen more than you think
when salon instruments are not cleaned properly. She has many patients like
"Washing things with soap and water, using them from client to client is
completely unacceptable,” Dr. Tobin said. “The instruments should be picked
out, rinsed and wiped off in front of you. That would be the best thing."
NBC10 sent two women undercover armed with hidden cameras to one area nail
salon. After one woman gets a pedicure, the worker uses metal instruments on her
feet. She puts them back in a drawer without cleaning them. Then about half an
hour later, she seems to use the same implements on the feet of our second
undercover shopper. We never saw her clean the instruments.
"I’m just amazed at the way they handle the instruments,” said Dr.
Anthony Benedetto, dermatologist.
NBC10 showed our undercover video to Dr. Benedetto.
“From the previous customer, if that person has an infection, obviously, it
will be carried to the next person,” Dr. Benedetto said. “What kind of
infection, bacterial infection, fungal infection, athlete’s foot, there can be
serious consequences to someone.”
The owner of the salon NBC10 went to denies that she used the same
instruments on both of our undercover customers without cleaning the implements.
She also says that she would never do a customer's foot if it had an infection.
So how do you protect yourself? At some salons, you bring your own
instruments, and you can keep them stored at their salon. That way, they won't
be using the same tool on your hands or feet that they used on someone else’s.
You should also ask your salon how they clean their instruments. Ask to see the
Don’t have your cuticles trimmed aggressively, because it's one stage of
the manicure where's there's a chance you could be cut and bleed, and that could
lead to serious infections.
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