|I went in for this…||And ended up with this.|
Many people – mostly women but men as well – consider regular trips to a nail salon necessary to their good grooming.
I’d never done the manicure/pedicure thing – called a “mani-pedi” by those in the know. The idea of someone else taking care of these chores was appealing but – the idea of some stranger fooling with my hands and feet wasn’t.
Eventually my curiosity got the better of me, and I decided to be a Wild Thing and try something new. But where to find a great nail salon? Online, of course. Because as everyone knows, everything on the Internet is true.
I searched for the 10 best nail salons in my town, and up came Yelp with a list. The first place had a five-star rating with more than 200 reviews, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong.
And for awhile, I was right. First, I really enjoyed the experience, and oh – the foot/calf and hand/forearm massage was heavenly. Second, the nail tech did a great job, and I no longer had to. A mani-pedi became a welcome part of my routine.
Until my last visit. Two days after the mani-pedi I noticed a dry, cracked patch on the bottom of my heel. Then the crack started oozing blood. “What the hell?” I thought. I used an antiseptic spray and band-aids for a few days, and when I didn’t see improvement, scheduled a doctor’s appointment.
His diagnosis: a heel fungal infection. See picture at top.
Am I 100% certain that I got the fungal infection from the nail salon? No. But considering the fact that…
- I’d never had a fungal infection.
- It started two days after the mani-pedi.
- I’d never thought to ask if the nail tech sterilized her tools in between clients.
I won’t be returning to that salon. If I ever decide to do the Wild Thing again I’ll ask someone I trust who has mani-pedi experience for the name of their salon.
No more looking online.
Even though, as everyone knows…