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March 2002

Nail Salons Can Be Risky Business

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(3):414-415. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.3.411

According to Nails 1998-1999 Fact Book,1 US consumers spent an estimated $6.28 billion on nail services in 1997. Many consumers patronize discount and full-service nail salons with a belief that the instruments have been sanitized appropriately. This study intends to show that consumers are indeed at risk for contracting fungal, yeast, and bacterial infections from nail salon equipment.