Nail salons may pose hepatitis risk: expert

Research showed a case of acute hepatitis C “clearly related to a manicure/pedicure treatment”, and a literature review found 11 of 18 studies demonstrated an association between HCV or HBV and nail salons or barbershops.

“The absence of infection control guidelines from federal health agencies for the prevention of hepatitis infections in nail salons and barbershops implies [they] have not emerged as significant risk factors for HBV and HCV infections in the US,” said gastroenterologist Dr David Johnson in a media statement.

“The true magnitude of this risk has yet to be defined and clearly needs further study.”