The risk of transmission of hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) manicurists and pedicurists stimulated the interest in studying the actual work conditions of these professionals.
This research aimed to evaluate the degree of knowledge on routes of transmission, prevention and perceived risk of accidental exposure, biosafety standards, and estimate the prevalence of serological markers of hepatitis B and C in manicurists and/or pedicurists working in beauty salons in Sao Paulo.
The study population was comprised by professional manicurists and/or pedicurists working in beauty salons of shopping centers and district of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The sample comprised 100 professional manicurists and/or pedicurists in beauty salons, 50 sampled in neighborhoods, and 50 in shopping centers, randomly.
Ten shopping centers were randomly selected and five professional manicurists and/or pedicurists were selected from each shopping center.
1) Being a professional manicurist and/or pedicurists, above 18 years old;
From the starting 100 professional manicurists and/or pedicurists, 96% agreed to participate and 4% declined, being replaced by other manicurists and/or pedicurists, in order to complete the research sample.
One out of each ten interviewed manicurists and/or pedicurists had serologic markers for hepatitis B or C, and eight of these professional were hepatitis B carriers (8%) and two were hepatitis C carriers (2%).
It is beyond belief, when you think of all the preparation that goes into taking a team to a World Cup these days (the dieticians, masseurs, dentists, pedicurists
, etc), that the one thing he should neglect is a winning system.
Apart from Bastien's passion for perfection and attention to icky things like corns, ingrown toenails and other foot ailments other pedicurists leave behind, the secret to his treatment isn't only his state-of-the- art, motorised hand drill used with marble dust paste and designed to tackle even the yellowiest of nails.
Unlike any other pedicurist I have had my feet treated by, Bastien doesn't finish the treatment with nail varnish.
After passing his podiatry and pedicure exams in Paris top of his year, Bastien worked with another pedicurist in Paris, perfecting his skills.