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Oh no. Just no.
A US woman almost lost her leg after it became infected from a tool used during a pedicure at an “A grade” salon.
Tracy Lynn Martinez has shared her horrific experience on Facebook, which saw her suffer extreme symptoms and require hospital treatment after a trip to her local salon in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on June 22.
“I just wanted to share my story to save someone from going [through] what I’m going through or even death,” she said.
At the salon she has chosen not to name, WFMY reports Tracy noticed she received two cuts on her heel from the callus cutter, or scraper – a sharp tool used to removed rough skin.
The day after the pedicure, the 35-year-old said she was experiencing chills, nausea and vomiting. Thinking she just had a bug she went to bed, but woke up the next day to find her leg had swollen dramatically.
After an ambulance ride to hospital, Tracy was taken to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with a “serious case of cellulitis”.
Cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection that, without treatment, can be life-threatening.
Doctors told Tracy the infection came from streptococcus bacteria that entered her system through the cuts on her heel caused by the callus cutter.
For that reason, the mum had a simple message for followers: "I have been through hell, pain, shock, all of it.... But I want to raise awareness. Say NO to the callus cutters/shavers."
"There is no way to properly disinfect this tool to continually [use] on people. I no longer recommend pedicures but definitely say NO to these callus shavers if you do go!"
Callus cutters are actually banned from use in salons, CBS reports.