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Hidden dangers of nail salons: Foot fungus, mold and health risks

Staff at La Posada has one-time use materials for manicures and pedicures and metal sanitizers to prevent the spread of any disease.

For a special event, out of habit or just for fun, many in the Rio Grande Valley go to nail salons.

Many women " even men " go for polish, manicures, pedicures, waxing and other aesthetic procedures.

However, Susan Stanford of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation said consumers need to have more than just beauty and relaxation on their mind when visiting these establishments.

She recommends customers look for cleanliness at the salon.

Then she said customers should check for a current state issued license to operate as well as a posted inspection report.

"The Texas Statute of Cosmetology says a salon must be inspected at least once every two years, Stanford said as she looked at Spa La Posada TMs inspection report. As I TMm looking at this, I see that this salon had no violations - that's very, very good. If there was a violation, it would be listed."

Action 4 News went on the TDLR website to check which salons across the Valley had violations in the past two years. What we found was shocking.

In McAllen, 40 salons had violations and six salons were ordered to cease and desist operations immediately. In Brownsville, 17 salons had violations, and one salon was ordered to cease and desist.

Eighteen salons in Edinburg were cited.

Out of 15 salons with violations in Pharr, two were ordered to stop and desist.

Harlingen had five salons cited with one ordered to cease and desist.

Practicing cosmetology without a license and failure to keep records of required sanitation, was among the most common violations listed.

"Statewide, unlicensed activity is one of (TDLR TMS) priorities to catch and to stop, Stanford said. It's a big deal because a manicurist has completed 600 hours of education, they've passed the state exam and to renew that license, they're required to take four hours of continuing education. One of those hours must be in sanitation."

Edna Posada has been in the industry for 26 years.

At the three La Posada locations she owns, her staff has one-time use materials for manicures and pedicures and metal sanitizers to prevent the spread of any disease.

The staff also logs the cleaning of foot washes as required by law.

"We hear a lot of the horror stories, you know people, that pick-up foot infections or that they had an issue with their feet, whether they feel they got a mold or a fungus," Posada said.

About 10,000 people go to La Posada for different services, each year. Posada Tells Action 4 buying materials over and over again can add up. She adds that TMs why money is likely the reason some salon owners take short cuts, putting customers TM health at risk.

They'll have a sink there wide open where people are actually washing their hands, and the files and the nail pusher implements are there in a dirty sink," Posada said about some salons.

Stanford adds people need to use common sense and not be afraid to ask the business owner for their licenses or request to see cleaning logs. If they refuse, she said, the best bet is to leave that establishment.

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