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Nail Allergies & Infections

Nail Allergies 

If you suspect a nail allergy or allergic reaction to nail products:


1. Check your SDS sheet for exposure directions.  If one is not available WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY WITH   SOAP AND WATER.

2. Seek medical advice

3. Remove the product IMMEDIATELY

4. Ice helps the swelling and itching. 


No other advice should be followed!  None! Unless from medical staff.


You will need an allergy test before trying any other products, PERIOD! 


Before this happens to you, go Healthy Nails Collaborative Knowledge Pathways and read more about nail allergies 

Nail Infections

If you suspect a nail infection

from a salon or anywhere:


If you suspect an infection from a nail salon or any other place, it is important to take immediate action to address the issue and protect your health. 


1. Seek Medical Attention: If there are signs of infection such as redness, swelling, pain, itching, hives, rash, spreading rash, discharge around the affected area, it is crucial to seek medical attention promptly. A healthcare professional can properly diagnose and treat the infection.


2. Document Symptoms: It is essential to document any symptoms experienced as a result of the suspected infection. This includes taking photographs of visible signs like redness or swelling and keeping a record of dates and times when symptoms appeared or worsened.


3. Contact the Nail Salon: Reach out to the nail salon where you suspect the infection occurred and inform them about your concerns. Provide details about your visit, including date, time, services received,and any specific issues noticed during your appointment.


4. Report Adverse Events: In addition to contacting the nail salon directly,it is important to report adverse events related to infections from nail salons or cosmetology services to relevant authorities such as state or local cosmetology boards or regulators. These agencies oversee licensing and regulation within the industry and can investigate complaints for potential violations.


5. Gather Evidence: Collect any evidence that supports your claim of an infection caused by improper practices at the salon.This may include photographs of unsanitary conditions observed during your visit,such as dirty tools or improperly cleaned surfaces.

Report Your Adverse Reaction To Nail Products To The FDA

While the FDA recommends that industry responsible persons submit serious adverse event reports for cosmetics by using the Form 3500A that is linked below,   the healthy, nails, collaborative, urges, anyone suffering from any adverse reaction to nail products to fill out their own form and send it directly to the FDA themselves. The completed form along with information to support the report, such as scans of labels and images of the serious adverse event to FDA via email at: or by mail to:  FDA CDER Mail Center, White Oak Campus, Building 22, G0207, 10903 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20993.  The good news is that the FDA is developing a process for submitting electronic mandatory adverse event reports for cosmetics.

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