Nail Salon Infections

Manicures and pedicures are extremely popular now. Unfortunately, infections caused by negligent nail salons are also becoming more common. Customers enter their favorite nail salon believing the conditions are sanitary. However, this is not always the case. Some salons expose their customers to dangerously unsanitary conditions. This can result in significant injuries such as bacterial or fungal infections, and can even result in the amputation of the fingers or toes of the customer. The root cause of the problem is that many nail salons do not properly sterilize their baths and the tools that they use for pedicures and manicures. Infections like Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA, can cause severe or permanent damage and even death. Fungal infections of the nails in the fingers and toes can require lengthy treatment from harsh long-term antibiotics that can cause severe side effects in the customer. The bottom line is that you are entitled to compensation for your injuries if you have been injured as a result of a visit to the nail salon or spa. You need an attorney experienced in nail salon infections. Ron Voyles & Associates have decades of experience in personal injury claims, including nail salon litigation.

Amputation Caused by Nail Salon Infection

Not only can a nail salon infection be aggressive, but in some cases without proper diagnosis and treatment, the nail and possibly the finger may need to be amputated. When a nail technician performs any type of invasive procedure which may involve digging around the nailbed or even aggressive exfoliation, the risk of infection can increase dramatically. Thin areas of skin and areas that have been abraded can develop cuts which increase the chance of invasive bacteria and fungus. Once an infection enters the body in these remote areas the injuries can be very difficult to treat. Some nail salons have even been known to use surgical tools on their clients in unsanitary conditions, which is always a bad idea.

When an area such as a finger or toe becomes severely infected, necrosis can set in. Necrosis is actually death of the tissue which can lead to amputations. Some infected areas will not become symptomatic until it is too late, which again can lead to necrosis and amputation. MRSA can be deadly, and an amputation may be the only way for a doctor to keep the infection from spreading.

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus or MRSA

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus is an infection caused by staph bacteria that has become resistant to many of the known antibiotics that are used to treat “run of the mill” staph infections. The infection usually begins with what may appear to be a painful skin boil or even a spider bite. The area that is infected can be warm to the touch, have swelling, have a discharge of pus, and may be accompanied by a fever. Severe complications can develop if the bacteria enter the blood stream. MRSA infections can cause life threatening infections in the bones and joints, and even attack the heart valves and the lungs. Because MRSA is resistant to many of the common antibiotics it can be extremely difficult to treat, can have a high risk of reoccurring, and may become life threatening.

Onychomycosis, Tinea Unguium, or Nail Fungus from Nail Salons

Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a fungal infection that may be contracted at a nail salon. The fungus may start around the dead tissue surrounding the nail and then progresses gradually to the nail plate. Onychomycosis can affect the nails of men or women of all ages. Because the fungi live in dead tissue, the treatment is complicated since it is difficult to get medication to the treatment site. The nail can be asymptomatic until the toe or finger nail begins to look unpleasant. Since the nail unit is almost impenetrable, topical medications do not work. Long term treatment of oral medication is effective, but is accompanied by a moderate degree of risk. Ketoconazole (Nizoral) is the antifungal agent of choice. Ketoconazole is effective, but oral treatment carries a high risk of liver toxicity.

If you have been injured from a visit to a nail salon or spa, contact us immediately for a free consultation. At Ron Voyles & Associates, we have decades of experience in evaluating injury claims and we have the resources to assist you. Our personal injury attorneys will help you identify the responsible party or salon and will fight to maximize your reimbursement for your injury. Call us today.

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