DIABETIC FRIENDLY NAIL SALONS

Anonymous
By Anonymous Latest Reply 2013-05-02 21:44:10 -0500
Started 2013-04-29 12:50:50 -0500

MY MOTHER IS A NEWLY DIAGNOSED DIABETIC AND SHE WOULD LIKE TO GET HER NAILS AND FEET DONE. WE LIVE IN THE AREAS OF LONG BEACH, CARSON, LAKEWOOD, LOS ANGELES, ETC. IF THERE IS ANYONE IN ANY OF THESE AREAS THAT KNOW OF A GOOD DIABETIC FRIENDLY NAIL SALON PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH


8 replies

Scarlet03
Scarlet03 2013-05-02 21:44:10 -0500 Report

I agree with Cheryl, with the salon's…

There are many products that are good for your feet, pedicure sets or and if she can afford it or a b-day gift a foot spa…

I know its best to keep them dry and clean, and to wear comfortable shoes or slippers around the house. If you still want to do the salon thing…you have every right to drill them and check them out before going…I would…

sNerTs1
sNerTs1 2013-04-30 11:17:14 -0500 Report

I can tell you of my experience, the results and what I learned ~ maybe it will help. Remember, this is just my own experience and lesson learned ~ I am incredibly vain, first and foremost! I was ashamed to let my doc see my dry feet, they were IMO nasty! So, I found myself in a salon a few days before every appointment getting the roughness and dryness taken care of, as well as getting my nails painted. A year of doing that and then going in to a different salon as a birthday gift to me … I contracted an infection under my big toenail. I KNEW when it happened as she was scraping under the nail and jabbed me instead.

A year after that and my nail not responding to ANY antibiotics or treatments and crying myself to sleep (I have an extremely high tolerance to pain and this tipped my scale) my doctor removed my nail, obliterated the nail bed and I was to never have a nail again … since then, one grew in. I had totally STOPPED going to any salon!

My husband found an add in the newspaper for an area woman who deals with problem feet, specializing in diabetic foot care. Her credentials are a step higher than a pedicurist, a step lower than a podiatrist. She has since 3 visits now, totally fixed my feet. They are soft again and my nails are beautiful without polish!

Here is what I learned … Do NOT go to salons that have the chairs with the basins with the jets attached to them. While they clean the basin between clients, the bacteria still lives on the JETS. Do NOT ever use nail polish that they provide. Chances are, they used that polish on someone else's foot who had fungus, that fungus just infected that brush and polish.

Please try to find someone who knows foot care, who is not in a mass salon and who sterilizes their tools between each use. They should have an autoclave for sterilization and be willing to show that to you. Our feet are extremely vulnerable to so many things, I just wish I wouldn't have been so careless with mine.

I hope this helps you. Like I said, this is my experience. If someone else can learn from my mistake, then that's a good thing. *Hugs* Cheryl

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-01 11:56:15 -0500 Report

Cheryl you have very good tips but you forgot one. Never go into a nail salon where the staff is wearing face masks. The chemicals they are using have been outlawed and they should not be using them.

Thankfully, I am not vain. I don't care if my nails are not painted as long as my hands and feet are clean. When I do decide to polish them, I do it myself. Even when I did venture into a nail salon, I always took my own polish. As you said you don't know who the polish was used on before.

I make and sell jewelry. You would be surprised how many women get upset when I tell them they cannot try on pierced earrings. One woman tried on a pair while I was trying with a customer and pulled out an alcohol wipe to clean them. She ruined them because the alcohol darkened the silver. She was upset when I told her she had to pay for them. I called security over and she ended up coming up with the money. I told her next time she won't take it upon herself to do something without asking. I would not switch out the ear wires. I told her if I did she would have to pay for those also. Even worse a woman wanted to try a stainless steel ring on foot to see if she could wear it as a toe ring. I said no and she insisted her feet were clean. People don't understand just how harmful doing these things are.

sNerTs1
sNerTs1 2013-05-01 15:05:41 -0500 Report

While I appreciate you recognizing my tips, I must respectively disagree with your reasoning of people using face masks. There are many reasons why they are worn, so to generalize everyone is using banned chemicals is unfair. Reasons FOR wearing a mask can include, but are not limited to … 1) Their immunity system is compromised and cannot risk an infection. 2) While they use their tools on your nails, fine particles come off and become airborne which can be inhaled. 3) They are compromised with perhaps a simple cold and do not want to spread germs as they can't raise their hands to cover (and if they did, it would compromise you).

So you see, there are many reasons for masks to be worn. I personally would appreciate if they wore masks if they were ill.

Sorry about your jewelry event. Hope you have a beautiful day. Cheryl

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2013-04-29 20:09:18 -0500 Report

For diabetics, I would think twice about going to a spa or to a beauty salon to get nails and feet done. No, check that, I would think thrice. These are the areas where infections can begin very quickly. Please be careful.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-01 12:00:08 -0500 Report

Mary, I don't go to spa's. People can be nasty. I see people in Macy's putting sample lipstick on their lips and putting the tube back. I see people doing facials and doing makeup. If the facial cream is in a jar, the skin cells from everyone else before you is in that jar just as it is in the makeup and the brushes. I don't think Spa's are sanitary when it comes to creams and cosmetics. If I went I would take my own brushes, creams and cosmetics. At least I know they were not used on anyone else.

IronOre
IronOre 2013-04-29 17:23:19 -0500 Report

So what do you feel would make a salon diabetic friendly ?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-29 18:17:57 -0500 Report

Iron ore, I met a woman who owns a Day Spa she is a retired nurse. She has clients who are diabetic and she has trained her staff how to do manicures and pedicures for people who are diabetic. Unfortunately her Spa is on the other side of the state. She is looking into expanding in my area. You have to ask at nail salons if they are trained to do manicures and pedicures for people with diabetes. In my area, 90% of them don't.

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