I went to a nail salon and they didn't sterilise their tools properly – now I've got a shocking infection

GOING to get your nails done should be a relaxing experience and most of the time, you come away loving the results.

But like any cosmetic procedure, hygiene is key to making sure you don't leave with any nasty surprises.

Posting to TikTok, one woman revealed the results of unhygienic practices at nail salons and what the results can be.

The woman, posting under the name Destani, said her mum had visited a nail salon which hadn't sterilised their tools correctly.

The video revealed her mum's hand, which had been painted with bright yellow nail varnish.

After gently pushing one finger down on the nail bed, puss continuously oozes out.

The nail bed looked red and inflamed, with the skin around the edges also looking dry.

So far, the video has received over two million views on the social media platform and Destani said: "My mom got her nails done at a nail salon that didn’t disinfect their tools and this was the outcome."

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She added that a nurse had been called to help assist her mum with the infection.

It's likely that Destani's mum was suffering with Paronychia.

This is an infection around a fingernail or toenail.

The area that's infected will often become swollen, red and painful and a puss-filled blister might also form.

Most of the time, it's not serious and it can be treated at home.

In rare cases and if the paronychia is especially severe and goes untreated, the infection can spread beyond the area of the nail.


Experts at Salons Direct say hygiene within a nail salon is imperative and helps to keep everyone safe, both clients and customers.

They explained that there is a difference when it comes to sterilising and sanitising equipment.

They said that sanitising is removing any debris and washing with soap and water, disinfecting kills 99 per cent of all bacteria, fungi and virus, while sterilising kills all microorganisms present, including the spores.

"The majority of the time, thorough disinfection is enough for your nail and beauty tools without the need for sterilisation.

"However, if you tools ever come into contact with blood or bodily fluids, you do need to sterilise them straight away. There are some other scenarios that would require you to sterilise nail tools, too – such as to minimise the risk of transmitting Covid-19.

"If you did want to sterilise your nail tools, you would still need to sanitise and disinfect them", the experts said.

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