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Claim for Infections, Allergies & Cuts From Manicures
Manicures involve various stages of beauty work on the hands and nails. Filing and shaping of the nails is normally followed by the application of products, and the use of massage techniques, aimed at making the hands and nails look and feel good. There are however two principle potential dangers with manicure treatments. Firstly hygiene standards at beauty salons need to be consistently high, to prevent the spread of infections among both customers and staff. Secondly, products used during manicures, such as nail polish, contain chemicals which will trigger allergic reactions among a minority of people.
Causes Of Manicure Infections
One of the most important concerns for beauty salons is in ensuring that the instruments used during a manicure are hygienic and properly sterilised. Metal instruments, including scissors, tweezers and nail files, should be sterilised using an effective hot or cold method. Items that cannot be sterilised, such as emery boards, should never be reused. A tiny cut sustained during a manicure will allow bacteria to quickly and effectively enter the body. Bacterial and fungal nail infections are easily transmitted, and it is even possible that worse diseases may be contracted, including hepatitis and HIV. Manicurists must also maintain high personal sanitary standards, including making sure that latex gloves are worn and disposed of after use.
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Manicures - Allergic Reactions
Beauty salons must conduct skin patch tests on new customers due to the large number of chemicals contained in products used during manicure treatments which may cause an allergic reaction. Nail polish, nail polish removers, base coats, top coats and acrylic products all contain ingredients which may trigger an allergic reaction. Symptoms include itching and burning sensations around the nails, as well as redness and inflammation of the fingers. With a severe reactions these symptoms may spread to other parts of the body. Such allergies are known as contact allergies, and once ‘sensitised’, a person will be allergic to the chemical and product that caused the reaction for life.
Claiming Compensation For Manicure Infections & Allergic Reactions
Beauty salons have a legal responsibility to provide a safe premises for their visitors, and to carry out the treatments they offer in a reasonably competent manner. All equipment must be properly sterilised, and all reasonable measures taken to make sure the salon itself, and its employees, are hygienic, and that the risk of infections being transmitted to clients is minimised. It is essential to seek the advice of specialist solicitors if you have caught an infection, or suffered an allergic reaction from a manicure treatment. Contact our expert female lawyers for free advice today.
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