MIAMI — While the rest of the country sports knee high-boots, it’s still flip-flop weather in South Florida.Virginia Esparsa, however, is one of the few South Floridians in a hurry to cover her feet. It’s not that she doesn’t like the strappy sandal look; it’s that she’s the victim of a bad pedicure.Dr. Yanira Salas is her podiatrist. she said Esparsa is nowhere near alone.”Patients usually come here complaining of pain, discoloration and nail detachment,” said Salas.the issue usually starts when a nail technician uses unsanitary instruments to clean underneath a nail bed. At that moment, one person’s fungus can transfer to another.”Once they develop the fungus, it lifts up the nail and goes in,” said Salas.the infected person could lose a toe nail in the process, and even worse, the infection could make it all the way to the bone.Esparsa wants others to learn from her mistakes. she said people should buy their own pedicure instruments and take them to the salon. If they don’t, a trip to the spa could turn into multiple trips to the doctor.
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