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Beware of infection dangers from pedicures

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A fresh pedicure can be refreshing and relaxing, but how clean is the business that is offering the service?

A doctor with the Cleveland Clinic has some advice.

"Visit the place you want to visit. Watch them and make sure they use clean utensils or tools. They should disinfect their bowls after each use," said Cleveland Clinic physician Joy Rowland.

Rowland said if pedicure tools aren't sterilized customers can get infections in their skin and nails.

You should ask your salon about a process called autoclaving, which is the same method hospitals use to sterilize surgical tools.

Indications of an infection include swollen, tender or hot areas on your foot.

Doctors also say it can take an infection a few weeks or months to show up after being exposed to non-sterile equipment.

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