The finger and toe nails on a person’s body are designed to protect the tips of fingers and allow us to scratch an itch. Unfortunately, these keratin parts of the body are subject to fungal and bacterial infections. While most of the time these are partly due to genetics, there are some instances where infections are the fault of nail salons.
The most common cause of a nail infection is a fungus. These are more common on toe nails than finger nails. Fungal nail infections affect about 12% of all Americans. Some infections respond well to topical antifungal creams, lotions, gels, and lacquers, but most require some sort of oral medication.
Bacterial infections are characterized by redness, swelling, and pain of the skin around the nail. The most common cause of a bacterial infection is an injury to the nail or surrounding skin. Exposure to water and chemicals are common causes.
While there is some genetic predisposition towards infections of the nails, nail salons do not help anything. Nail salons have a high chance of spreading infections from client to client because they deal with nails and everything around them. For this reason, there are state regulations in place detailing how frequently salons are supposed to clean everything.
Unfortunately, salons do not necessarily follow the regulations. This leads to the spread of nail infections from client to client. It was shown that one California salon managed to infect 110 people because the filters weren’t cleaned on their spa chairs.
If you have contracted a serious nail infection from unsterilized equipment at a nail salon, contact the Lake Geneva personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1-800-275-1729 to discuss your case and to determine your legal options.