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Woman Contracts Flesh-Eating Disease From Manicure

A woman from Tennessee almost lost her fingers after visiting a nail salon for a manicure. The patient contracted a flesh-eating disease that required her to undergo three surgeries to save her life. 

Jayne Sharp, of Knoxville, just wanted to get her nails done. But after getting a manicure she experienced flu-like symptoms and her thumb began to swell and throb, WBIR-TV reported.

Sharp initially went to the doctor to get medications for flu. However, she did not show any signs of the condition.

The swelling in her thumb later reached her arm, which encouraged Sharp to go to the hospital to check her condition. Doctors found the necrotizing fasciitis in her hand.

Sharp underwent three surgeries to remove the flesh-eating disease. Doctors took a part of her thumb and two fingers remain numb after the surgery. 

How Flesh Eating Disease Enters Nails 

The nails serve an important role in the body. They help prevent infection in fingers but manicure procedures and nail polishes could expose the body to potentially harmful chemicals or diseases, like necrotizing fasciitis. 

Chemicals or bacteria may enter fingers due to abrasions or when the cuticles are cut back too far. Using contaminated tools that can break the skin, such as manicures, pedicures, tattoos or body piercings, can also carry or spread infection.

That is what potentially happened to Sharp at the nail salon. She reported that she started to feel the symptoms of flesh-eating disease a few hours after getting a manicure. 

Sharp was lucky that she only lost a part of her thumb after the surgeries. Necrotizing fasciitis commonly affect large parts of the body and leads to amputation or removal of large portions of flesh, Mercola reported Tuesday.

Sharp is also diabetic, which increases her risk of complications. Experts said the people with diabetes, HIV, thalassemia or cancer are more likely to get flesh-eating disease compared to healthy people. 

A liver disease could also increase the risk of infection by 800 percent. People with the condition are 200 times more likely to die from necrotizing fasciitis than those with healthy livers.

manicure A woman from Tennessee contracted the flesh-eating disease, necrotizing fasciitis, after visiting a nail salon for a manicure. Pixabay