Are your nails looking discolored, brittle and thicker after a pedicure? You might have contracted a fungus from your nail salon.
Even though the tub might be lined and they are taking out the tool from a sterile pack, if a non disposable file is used then fungal particles could be introduced to your nails.
Fungi reproduce by spreading microscopic spores. These spores are often present in the environment and come into contact with our body primarily through the skin. Most fungi require warmth and humidity to grow, reproduce and release their spores into the environment. Thus after being exposed to fungal elements from a salon, the moisture of our skin will help the organism spread on our body.
When your nails are affected by fungus, it is known as onychomycosis. When it is localized to the skin on your feet, it is known as tinea pedis. If you think you may be suffering with any of these symptoms, consult with a podiatrist.