Fake nail led to infection hell for mum

Glamorgan Gazette - - News - KATIE BELLIS katie.bellis@waleson­line.co.uk

A MUM has been told that she could lose the full use of her thumb af­ter hav­ing fake nails.

Lowri-Anne Wil­son from Porth­cawl was left in agony af­ter vis­it­ing a nail salon out­side her home town.

The 31-year-old later de­vel­oped an infection and an ab­scess on her thumb.

She needed an op­er­a­tion to rec­tify the in­jury and is now warn­ing oth­ers to be care­ful.

She said: “I had my nails done in a salon, two days later there was a puls­ing pain in my thumb on my left hand.

“It then be­gan to swell. I went to the hos­pi­tal and they told me that I had to go back to the nail salon to get it re­moved.

“I went back to the salon and they re­fused to take it off. In the end I had to have it re­moved in the hos­pi­tal.

“I had an infection in my nail. It was so bad that I had an ab­scess un­der my nail. I had an X-ray and I was told that if the infection had spread to the bone then I could have lost my thumb.

“I am now on an­tibi­otics for the pain but that isn’t work­ing.”

The mum of four de­scribed the pain as “worse than child­birth”.

“I was on gas and air for two hours, it was the worst pain that I have ever ex­pe­ri­enced and I have had four chil­dren,” she said.

“This is the first lot of surgery that I will be go­ing through, there will be oth­ers to fol­low when the nail starts grow­ing back.

“I have also lost my job. I was in a pro­ba­tion pe­riod and I cur­rently can’t work as I am in so much pain.

“This could hap­pen to any­one if you have your nails done.”

Ms Wil­son said she will never wear acrylic nails again.

“I would never have them done now, it’s just not worth it.

“I’ve been told that my nail may never grow again and it’s go­ing to take at least six months to heal.

“You some­times hear sto­ries about acrylic nails go­ing wrong but you never ex­pect it to hap­pen to you,” she added.

An­nie Collins, of Va­len­cia Beauty, in Es­sex, is a UK nail artist ex­pert.

She said: “Acrylics are not nec­es­sar­ily bad for your nails, it’s down to the nail tech­ni­cian and how they ap­ply the nails.

“If you go to a fully li­cence and qual­i­fied salon then you won’t have any prob­lems.

“I can’t stress enough how im­por­tant it is not to go to Non Stan­dard Salons. A lot of these places don’t sani­tise their tools prop­erly.

“The equip­ment they use are cheap and nasty. I have seen first hand what these salons can do to women’s nails.”

Lowri-Anne Wil­son had an infection un­der her thumb­nail af­ter hav­ing acrylic nails put on

Lowri-Anne had an ab­scess un­der her nail

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