Why You Might Want to Stay Away From Salon Pedicures

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After visiting my doctor today for what looked suspiciously like a toenail fungus, let me tell you guys why you might want to stay away from salon pedicures.

I’m a summertime girl, love my flipflops and pretty nail polish. So, normally I go once a month or so and have a professional pedicure so my toes look great.

Evidently, one of the two salons I frequent must not sanitize their equipment properly, or bleach the floors after several pairs of feet walked on them that day.

I absolutely do have a nasty toenail fungus. You might think, so what’s the big deal about that? I’m about to tell you.

First, I consulted the internet who said any number of home remedies would cure it, including Vick’s vapor rub, tea tree essential oil, and mouthwash.

They were wrong.

My new podiatrist told me that fungus is a highly contagious organism that feeds off of your nails, spreads to your other nails, and likely, your PARTNER’S nails!!

So now, in addition to the expensive office visit, laser treatment, and multiple medications (topicals) that I will have to apply to kill these beasts, so will my husband.

My lovely new medication kit

We shower together, so unless we were in the habit of bleaching the shower floor after every use, he is also likely infected. (we’re not)


So I came home and bleached the heck out of both shower and tub.

In addition, you get a kit with your medications and a special shoe spray that you must spray all the shoes you normally wear at least once a week.

So that’s done as well.

Tonight, I will have to bath or wash my feet, then put another topical medication on them.

All together there is a lotion, a nail oil, and the shoe spray that must be applied.

We will have to bleach the shower frequently and treat our feet and shoes for several weeks, maybe months, until all this is gone. 

I will follow up with Dr. Woodly in 1 month.

Now, still want to go to the salon? I’m thinking when all this is over, I’ll paint my own, thanks!!

Or, I will make damn sure the salon I go to knows and can prove how well they sanitize their equipment and floors.

The assistant that did my treatment told me it could have been as simple as stepping on the floor barefoot where an infected person had been, then inserting my feet in the warm water where the fungus is having a party.

(Fungus likes warm, moist, dark places where it can thrive.)

So, next time you think of going to the nail salon for those sandal perfect pedicures, think again.

This foot is worse, but it’s on both.

Sorry for the ugly, graphic pictures, but I wanted y’all to see exactly what it looks like. The nail darkens, flakes, gets thicker, and even breaks in some places, because the fungus is literally eating your nail.

The takeaway here is, sometimes you must get treated by a doctor, alternative methods will not work!

I like my essential oils like all of you do, but they are not strong enough to get through all the layers of your nail.

The treatment starts with trimming and buffing your nails, then they use the laser on them which kills the outer layer where the fungus is.

Next they applied the medicated oil to each nail and rubbed it in.

They also gave my shoes and socks a complimentary spray so my treated feet didn’t go back in untreated shoes.

Then the third step in the treatment will be tonight after a bath. (In my nice, clean tub. 😊)

The good news is the fungus is treatable, it just takes a while and the treatment cost today was close to $600!

I can paint my nails if I want, but I’ll have to use a special, breathable nail polish ($9) from Sally’s. I’ll probably wait on that a while.

When my mom used to say, “Suffer to be beautiful,” I had no idea!🤣🤣 😥

8 Replies to “Why You Might Want to Stay Away From Salon Pedicures”

  1. Oh yikes, it’s scary to think that a lot of places you might go (pedicure, swimming pool, spa) have the potential for bacteria and fungus. This looks sore and uncomfortable. I was surprised just how costly it’s been for you getting the treatment but hopefully it’ll be worth it (though I think a complaint to the salon wouldn’t go amiss). I really, really hope the treatment works well and that it clears up asap.
    Caz xx

    1. Thank you, me too! I suggested they investigate how many people come in with the same result from said salon. They talked like they were going to. So fingers crossed 🤞🏻🙂

  2. I have a pedicurist who will not allow or work on anyone with a fungus, but even so, I somehow got one. It will take about 6 months before it grows out.

  3. My Mom got a nasty fungus years ago from going to a nail salon. After that, she stopped going. She does her toenails and fingernails herself. I have never been big on those places and have only had my nails done all of three times my entire life. Please take good care of your footsies!

        1. I’m so mad about it all, it feels a lot like when my kids brought lice home that time. All the work you have to do to get rid of it, the money spent on expensive treatment…all because people don’t care enough or aren’t educated enough to do what’s right!

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