They say that every woman needs a pedicure to complete her beauty regimen. It actually has a lot of health benefits not only because it boosts a woman's confidence, but because it can also take away stress. However, unfortunately, a woman got a serious infection from getting a pedicure that left her unable to walk.
An Arkansas woman named Stacey Wilson was hospitalized for an infection, which may have been caused by a cut from a pedicure.
Stacey Wilson just wanted to have a soothing pedicure. When she went to the salon to get one, the nail salon worker got too rough on her feet with a pumice stone. It nicked the side of her foot near her pinkie toe and soon after her ankle became sore and red. Wilson then developed a high fever. Three days after her visit to the salon, she was unable to stand. She was then brought to the hospital.
It turns out that Wilson acquired an infection called cellulitis from her pedicure treatment because her cuts had become infected. Dr. Michael Pafford, her attending physician, says it is not uncommon for people who have manicure and pedicure treatments to get an infection. Dr. Pafford suggests that speaking up when you think the salon doesn't have sterilized equipment
"I get up and my foot was killing me. I look down and the top of it was red." Despite the angry inflammation in her foot, Cefali chalked her symptoms up to a bug bite and the flu. Her heart set on the European vacation, she popped Tylenol and went to bed early hoping to fight it off before her flight.
"Every three hours I would wake up in a sweat, change the sheets, start with the Tylenol again and set the alarm for 6 a.m. because I had to pack."
Recognizing you have the right to refuse them from continuing if you think they’re not using sterile equipment and you feel something is wrong. That’s the best thing to do.Wilson says she will be filing a complaint with the Health Department as soon as she gets better. What is cellulitis?
According to WebMD, cellulitis is a common infection of the skin and the soft tissues underneath. Cellulitis usually happens when bacteria get into the skin. Some of its symptoms are redness, swelling, warmth, pain or tenderness, and leaking of yellow, clear fluid or pus. People with diabetes, circulatory problems, liver diseases and those with skin disorders are usually at risk for this type of infection. However, injuries that tear the skin, like getting a skin cut from an unsanitary pedicure, can also cause cellulitis.
"The infection had moved right up my groin into my lymph nodes on my left leg.. I could see it was moving up my leg." Cefali said. "Every hour they would mark the infection up the legs."
Pedicures can cause fungus and other health risks if the pedicure facilities aren't properly cleaned, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Two years ago, New York podiatrist Jackie Sutera told The Huffington Post that she sees up to a dozen patients a week with infections that can be caused by whirlpool foot baths, which are integral to the pedicure experience. To avoid getting sick, Sutera suggested staying away from salons that don't have pipe-free foot baths. Sutera also said that people in poor health might want to think twice about getting pedicures, as they may be more vulnerable to infections.
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