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AAD Investigates Common Nail Disorders

Posted: July 31, 2008

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For example, Daniel reported that most of the problems associated with nail salons are from the use of acrylic glues to hold artificial nails in place, which can cause pain, redness, itching or scaling. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the use of methyl acrylics, there are still instances of these types of nails being used at some salons despite their known health risks.

In addition, some of the ingredients in nail polishes and polish removers can cause allergic reactions. Free formaldehyde, which means it is not bound to another substance, also is banned by the FDA as a nail hardener because it can cause itching, redness or even blisters. Daniel also advised consumers use nail polish remover with acetates rather than acetones, which are more drying and irritating.

To decrease the chance of contracting an infection at nail salons, Daniel recommended these tips:

* Don’t use the instruments at nail salons – bring your own instruments with you.

* If you don’t have your own instruments, buy a pack of disposable instruments at the nail salon that are only intended for one-time use.