You have a dilemma. You want pretty toenails for Valentine’s Day but you have toenail fungus. You’re afraid that the spa will ban you and you want to skip that embarrassment. You’d like to pamper yourself and you don’t really want to do your own pedicure. Are there any other options available? As a Seattle podiatrist I don’t advocate painting over fungal nails since you’re just covering up the problem, however, if you have burning desire to look great on Valentine’s Day you’ll likely override my recommendation anyway.

According to podiatrist Stephanie Wu from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, you can get a pedicure if you have fungal nails. However, it’s important to let the spa know about your situation when you call to make your appointment. The spa may suggest that you bring your own basin, tools, and nail polish. Check to make sure the spa does not use whirlpools as these cannot be completely sterilized.

Of course you may have changed you mind about doing your own pedicure after reading this. If so I recommend Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish which does not contain toxic chemicals and is less likely to further weaken your compromised nails. If you do decide go to a spa this polish would be the one to bring with you.

If you decide it’s time to start getting your fungal nails cleared up for summer this would be an ideal time to do so. The Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City offers fungal toenail treatment tailored to the needs of our patients.

Don’t wait to call us to start the process. Our number is 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.


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