Okay, I’m jumping right into this + giving you the lead RIGHT OFF THE BAT: a nail salon injury left me with a WART ON MY FINGER. And it’s even more gross and embarrassing than you’d think it is. ??
Back in August, I decided to get my gel nails taken off. It had been a hot minute that I’d had them (approaching a year, I think!) and I felt it was necessary to give my natural nails a bit of a breather. Because I’d only been getting a quick fill for so long, I treated myself to a simple manicure to give my battered + weakened nails a little extra TLC. To be honest, I’m not sure what happened next, but a few cuts of my cuticles later and my pinky finger was bleeding just a little on the side.
I honestly didn’t think anything of it at the time, I’ve cut my own cuticles a little TOO deep when giving myself a manicure sometimes so I chalked it up to them being softened from soaking in the warm, soapy water + easier to cut. There was a tiiiiiiiny little bit of blood which she cleaned away, and it was fine. So, NBD, right?
WROOOOOONG. This ‘well, that’ll never happen to me’ situations TOTALLY HAPPENED TO ME, so consider this is my warning for all of you ladies who love getting your nails done:
IF YOUR TECHNICIAN CUTS YOUR CUTICLE TOO DEEP, DISINFECT THAT SHIT ASAP!
Nail salons are SWARMING with so much bacteria + if tools aren’t properly sterilized, towels aren’t properly washed, or the sinks aren’t properly cleaned, you’re at risk of infections such as athlete’s foot, or, in my case, a FREAKING wart.
People who bite their nails + pick at their cuticles are more susceptible to fingernail warts (also called periungual warts). The HPV enters through a cut or scrape, and slowly your cuticle will get hard, the cut won’t heal + you’ll be scratching your head wondering why that little spot of dry skin around your fingernail JUST. ISN’T. HEALING. ??♀️??♀️
Luckily, warts ARE treatable. I went to the dermatologist this afternoon + my doc recommended that I burn it off and follow up with at home treatments — so that’s what we did. And F*CKKKKKKKK, when he says “it’ll burn” .. IT’LL BURN. Cryotherapy to remove warts is essentially blasting them with the liquid nitrogen and waiting until the frostbite kicks in, blisters + your wart falls off.
All I’m saying ladies, even if you’re in the CLEANEST salon ever, you can’t be sure of what’s floating around, or what’s lingering on a towel (ewwww!). If something doesn’t seem right after a visit, call up your doctor + make an appointment to get it looked at. It could be fungus, bacteria or HPV in the form of a nasty wart you’ll have to get burned off + try to do things with a throbbing, burning finger .. ??♀️??♀️
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