General Question

tan253's avatar

Has anyone had their cuticles bleed at the manicurists?

Asked by tan253 (2195points) July 15th, 2017 from iPhone

I went to get a manicure for the first time in 15 years, horrible experience. The woman got a cuticle cutter ad proceeded to cut my cuticles, next minute two of my fingers are bleeding! She applies a green liquid and says its antiseptic. I ask her if this happens often and she says, ‘oh yes, especially if you’re diabetic!’ – then she proceeds to continue doing my nails as if it’s completely normal. I have health anxiety so I’m kinda stunned into silence as my health anxiety joins my side whispering about HIV or strep infection, fungal infection…. I’ve come home and phoned them asking about their sterilisation procedure – she said, ‘we are busy,’ – then very quickly she says, ‘we wash and uv light.’ I doubt they do anything to be honest. Has this happened to anyone, did you get an infection? I’ve put cystrderm and plasters on the cuts. This has ruined my day. Thoughts? Help?

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

44 Answers

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Contaminated spa tools are a source of many infections.

JLeslie's avatar

I don’t let them cut my cuticles except for when it’s the very ends that are obvious extra after pushing them back. I find even when they cut my cuticles well, within days the skin there peels and looks terrible. Plus, I don’t have very thick cuticles, so pushing them back is fine. Not to nention I’m a freak about infection, which keeps me from going to get manicures with any regularity to begin with.

Almost all the manicurists where I live speak broken English, so, often when I tell them don’t cut my cuticles, they are afraid to even cut my nails, so I usually have to clarify once I realize they aren’t cutting anything.

Go back and get your money back if it might make you feel a little better. You can call the health department and see if they have a report or inspection of that salon and tell them what happened.

If it makes you feel better, HIV does “die” after a short time on dry surfaces exposed to the air. Fungus is more of a problem in nail salons, and mostly relavent for pedicures.

josie's avatar

I’ve never had a manicure in my life
What do they do that I can’t do with an emery board

tan253's avatar

I thought I would treat myself!!! I’m not worried about HIV more staph etc, good idea about the health boards – I will do that. I really hope it doesn’t get infected! The place was very clean if that helps.

JLeslie's avatar

@josie Some people can’t reach their toes, so they get professional pedicures. Some people like the message factor, along with the pretty nails.

Some people aren’t steady enough to paint their nails.

I only go when I want a French manicure. It’s hard for me to do that know. My left hand isn’t as steady as it used to be.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

@josie, they trim your nails, buff them, trim the cuticles, apply polish or gel polish to your nails. They apply hand cream, maybe massage your hands. They make your hands look pretty!

And if they’re doing a pedicure (only even had one in my life), they get rid of the hard, dead skin and do the above to your feet.

JLeslie's avatar

@tan253 I really really doubt you have an infection. An infection that would lead to cellulitis, blood poisoning, or necrotizing staph would be creating bad soreness and pain within 12 hours. It’s very fast. By 24 hours it would have grown to at least a centimeter and be extremely uncomfortable.

Fungus a different story. That you see as discoloration on your nails. It’s rare on fingernails.

tan253's avatar

Could you get a blood infection? That’s what I’m paranoid about! I guess I will know within 48 hours?

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

@tan253, you could, but it’s highly unlikely. I’d guess the green stuff was some form of antiseptic. If you’re bleeding, they’d be as worried about picking up an infection from you as you are from them.

JLeslie's avatar

@tan253 Blood infection you will know much faster. Within 24 hours it would be red streaks in the area, you might have a fever, or if it’s cellulitis, it would be inflamed and painful, growing at a rapid rate. A centimeter ever 12 hours or so.

If you don’t have any pain on the skin around the nail and it’s been a half day already, your 99% in the clear for blood poisoning or something else dangerous like cellulitis or necrotizing bacterias.

tan253's avatar

Oh gawd it’s going to an awful couple of days for me.

JLeslie's avatar

No! It’s not 48 hours, it’s much faster. You either wake up tomorrow knowing something is very wrong, or you can feel free and clear of anything very dangerous. No need to worry for two days.

tan253's avatar

Oh a bad 24 hours! My anxiety is sky high right now.

JLeslie's avatar

It’s done. Ignore it. I’ve had cellulitis multiple times. Every time within 6 hours of the “event” I started developing increased pain. It’s very fast.

tan253's avatar

Oh wow! @jleslie what did you do? Hospital?

JLeslie's avatar

You probably cut yourself all the time on unclean surfaces and just wash the area and stuck a bandaid on it. If you don’t typically get a serious infection you shouldn’t this time.

tan253's avatar

Yes maybe / but I’m still angry now at the salon!!

JLeslie's avatar

Doctor usually. One time the ER, weekend, but I knew what it was.

JLeslie's avatar

Sure, I understand your anger. You’re not cut out for that sort of risk. Next time don’t let them cut, or bring your own tools.

tan253's avatar

Yeah I won’t do it again! This is too hard.

JLeslie's avatar

Distract yourself. It’s already been a few hours right? You’re practically in the clear. Seriously.

tan253's avatar

Really!? It’s only been 2.5 hours. I’m about to do a hot saline rinse!

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

@tan253, you are overreacting. I don’t think you should go for manicures/pedicures again.

tan253's avatar

I hope so! My health anxiety had been none existent for almost 2 weeks!!

JLeslie's avatar

Does the area hurt?

tan253's avatar

I’m afraid so – and one hurts a bit more but in an area it didn’t hurt before! Not doing so well….

tan253's avatar

And it’s getting red – should I go to after hours??

tan253's avatar

It’s definitely swelling – I’m so paranoid. Don’t know what to do – single mum with a sick child at home!!

JLeslie's avatar

I think wait. Wait a little longer. It’s probably fine. Aren’t you on GMT time?

I have a feeling you might have irritated the are trying to clean it

tan253's avatar

Oh yes?! That could be it, I’ve been opening and closing the wound! And the saline water was a bit too hot….. It’s 7pm here. I guess I wait till morning to see what happens? I hope that’s ok.

tan253's avatar

I mean the plaster – not the wound, I can’t see the cut its so small.

jca's avatar

I would pour antiseptic on and and then leave it alone. However, of course if you see swelling, redness or any sign of infection, you should see a doctor.

My cousin got some kind of infection in her blood from a manicure. I didn’t ask for details but she’s very diligent about her health so I know she got it treated. She told me she’ll never have a manicure again.

My sister got a fungus once from a manicure.

These stories make me think twice when I think about getting a mani/pedi although I realize that the percentage of people who have problems is very slim.

I’ve only had a few manicures and pedicures in my life,but for the naysayers who say you can do it yourself, yes, you can but it doesn’t look as good as when it’s professionally done and it doesn’t last as long when you do it at home.

I also think anybody who gets an infection from a nail salon should report it to the health department, so it’s on record and so if enough people have problems, action can be taken in reference to them being checked out and perhaps issued citations.

JLeslie's avatar

@tan253 How’s it going?

filmfann's avatar

My wife is a former beautician. She says it shouldn’t happen, but can easily if the customer has health problems.
I have heard that the soaks are often swirling pools of disease.

tan253's avatar

I’ve just woken up and the redness has gone down. So will just watch it – will complain though about the company!!!

tan253's avatar

I asked the woman if it happens often and she says it does if you have diabetes or you’re pregnant. I dont have diabetes, I just had a test and not pregnant. I have high cholesterol?! I thinks he was just careless. It still hurts though, but I think that’s normal.

chyna's avatar

@tan253 I think by now you would know if you had an infection. Glad it is better today.
I have had a manicure a few times and it always hurts a bit the next day. I no longer get them.

tan253's avatar

bloody hell, I’m not getting them anymore! I just rang them and they said they have a special sterilising machine and spray them with alcohol before each customer. So I guess that’s good, she said sorry and asked me if I wanted to go back in… NO!!!!!!! NEVER AGAIN!
I don’t have the disposition to deal with wounds – my healthy anxiety was awful all night, I couldn’t sleep and kept dreaming that I wasn’t breathing and would wake up in a start and go check my wound like a maniac! It’s sore but not swollen and I’ll keep doing saline rinses and pasters and antiseptic….. Thanks so much everyone…..... .

janbb's avatar

I hope you’re getting some help for your health anxiety. You shouldn’t have to live with so much discomfort.

tan253's avatar

I wish something worked for my anxiety – nothing seems too!

JLeslie's avatar

I’m glad to hear the cuts are healing.

At least your Q maybe helped people to know they can request that their cuticles are not cut when they get a mani-pedi.

tan253's avatar

Hey Guys, they never got even slightly infected, I think the redness was a natural response to a cut, I definitely over reacted….. thank you for all your support guys xo
Ps: the manicure is coming off anyway. – I will get another one from a better place but no cuticle cutting or even pushing down.
x

jca's avatar

The manicure only lasted a week, @tan253? That’s a crappy manicure.

JLeslie's avatar

Push them back yourself before you go maybe? One day before.

Answer this question

Login

or

Join

to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
or
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther