Diabetics and nail services.
Can you tell me if diabetics should or should not wear artificial nails. Jessica 9/00
I would answer this with reservations. Not that the diabetic should not wear enhancements but who is putting them on and how severe is the diabetes.
The Nail Professional must be meticulous in their technique.
Do not injure the cuticle or any other structures of the nail module while applying the enhancements.
Never use a drill on the diabetic as the friction could cause enough heat to injure the underlying nail bed or the matrix bed.
Before even attempting to apply enhancements be sure to have a good client history.
How long has the client been a diabetic
Are the blood sugars under good control
Does the client take insulin or oral medications.
These 3 questions give a very cursory idea as to the severity of the diabetic condition. To be really safe I recommend that the Nail Professional get an OK from the Internist who takes care of the diabetic or a dermatologist who treats the client. I was asked to testify for a legal defense for a Nail Professional who applied enhancements to a diabetic who subsequently lost her finger. I do not believe the Nail Professional was at fault but there were no records and therefore the case was indefensible and was settled out of court. Moral of the story - Protect Yourself with records!
Dr. Oscar Mix