Woman Develops Sores and Scars on Legs, Warns About Common Habit

Samantha Payne’s pursuit of a pretty pedicure left her with permanent scarring on both of her lefts. According to Independent Journal Review, she began to break out in painful lesions all over her legs several weeks after getting a pedicure.

She had a skin-attacking bacterial infection, known as cutaneous mycobacterial infection because the nail salon failed to properly clean out their foot basin. The infection required her to get several painful surgeries that left her legs permanently scarred.

About 75 percent of American nail salons don’t follow their state’s regulations on sanitizing products and foot basin sterilization, according to Independent Journal Review.

"[Foot basins] are a breeding ground for mycobacterium (which can produce boils), warts, MRSA (hard to cure infections), athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, HPV and swine flu virus. All of those issues thrive in a warm, wet environment,” nail technician Athena Elliott said. "Potential for infection is greater than people realize."

Here’s how you can prevent infection when you head to the nail salon:

Ask technicians how they sanitize their products.
Check out the salon's general cleanliness.
Look for the salon's licensing documents and the technician's license.
Refrain from shaving legs twenty-four hours prior to and twenty-four hours after getting a pedicure.

Source: Independent Journal Review
Photo: NBC12

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