What it is: A substance used to reduce or eliminate pathogens on skin or surfaces.
How to use it: Used on client and professional before service begins. Used on surfaces and tools between clients.
What it is: The overexposure principle notes that every chemical has a safe and an unsafe level of exposure and you won’t be harmed unless you repeatedly exceed the safe level.
Why it occurs: Over-exposure is caused by prolonged and repeated exposure beyond levels specified as safe by the regulator/manufacturer. Prolonged and repeated exposure to a substance can cause an allergy, however, all chemical products are safe when used correctly. Sadly, once an allergic reaction occurs, it is for life.
What is it: Belonging to it’s own group of organisms, certain species can grow under the nail plate and skin and can cause infection. Fungal infections are commonly found around toenails and feet.
What to do: It’s Highly contagious, tell the client to seek medical advice.
What it is: Any chemical agent used chiefly on inanimate objects to destroy and/or inhibit the growth of most pathogens.
How to use it: Used on surfaces and tools after sanitizing to decontaminate between clients.
How to store it: In a cool, dry place away from heat and light.
What it is: A process that involves the separation of two or more layers, such as the separation of the layers of the nail plate. It is characterized by the peeling and flaking of the free edge. The medical name for peeling nails is onychoschizia.
Why does it occur: It can be a result of the hands being in water too often from household chores or excessive hand washing and the nails becoming soft. It can also occur if the nails are picked at or pressed, which can result in trauma.
What it is: A one-celled living organism found in every habitat on earth. Some types are good for humans, some detrimental. They are often the culprit behind nail disease.