• removing silk wrap nails

    Asked by pattiep on Saturday, March 23, 2013

    removing silk wrap nails

    Unfortunately my chemo counseling was 3 days before chemo! Dentist fit me in for 3 teeth fillings in time. No one mentioned this was a problem. Other issue never mentioned is that I have had silk wraps on my nails for years. The doctors and nurses don't seem to understand what a silk wrap even is or that it takes at least 1/2 hour soak in acetone to remove. I know they have to come off but I'm really worried about being cut by mistake and the harshness of the chemical. Not to mention that I am afraid to go any where since chemo started (2 weeks ago). I'm so frightened of germs and the thought of the nail salon is freaking me out. Has anyone had to have tips, gel, wrap etc removed during chemo?

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    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      yikes, I've never had silk wraps, an occasional mani & pedi before I started chemo, but that's it. Speak with your oncology team, I'm sure you are not the first patient with this issue. If your center has a Women at Risk and/or Look Good/Fell better program, I'm sure a representative can give you an answer. a Female Dr or Oncology nurse might be the best person to talk to about removing the wraps.

      It's totally amazing that they don't mention this before treatment starts, I was on oral chemo for 3 years (kidney cancer) and then switched to infusion therapy last May (breast & kidney cancer), you know when I found out about nail care - in August, when I attended a Look Good/Feel better session at my cancer center.

      over 4 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar
      AlizaMLS

      Dear pattiep,

      Hi! I'm Aliza, a BC patient and Medical Librarian (retired) who offers advice, suggestions and referrals to people on this site and elsewhere. I don't offer medical advice (against our [Librarian's ethics {and illegal}]) but I can speak from my personal experience, my knowledge of certain things as fact from knowing things from medical texts [without telling you what to do] and the personal experiences of my friends and family with cancer (we number too many...;)).

      I've had wraps a number of years ago. They were very pretty, but costly to maintain, so I quit. But what I did for you was to look up your location, see that you're near New Haven and find some top nail salons in New Haven. Perhaps you can take this list to your oncology nurse and see if she and any nurses she knows have used any of them or any other patients as well.

      Salons are as follows. I got their names by searching for highly rated nail salons in New Haven. I've never been to a nail salon in New Haven, so I cannot vouch at all for the skill of any of the operators or the cleanliness of any of these establishments. That is for you to find out. For me, it was a research project to help a fellow BC patient. I'd call each place to see if they take credit cards and if you need an appointment and before I do that since you're doing this for chemo I'd just visit for a moment to check the place out.

      If there's anything else I can do for you, don't hesitate to message or email me.

      Best of luck with your manicure,
      AlizaMLS

      Top Nail Salons in New Haven, CT

      1. Fashion Nail & Spa
      41 Elm St
      New Haven, CT 06510
      [phone number redacted]

      2. Panache
      1044 Chapel St
      New Haven, CT 06510
      [phone number redacted]

      3. Chocolate Spa & Nail
      59 Amity Rd
      New Haven, CT 06515
      [phone number redacted]


      4. Faces by Judi
      Long Wharf Dr
      New Haven, CT 06510
      [phone number redacted]

      5. Lauren's Nail Salon
      294 Whalley Ave
      New Haven, CT 06511
      [phone number redacted]

      6. Simply Flawless by Sami
      607 Chapel St
      New Haven, CT 06511
      [phone number redacted]

      7. European Skin Care Center
      1312 Whalley Ave
      New Haven, CT 06515
      [phone number redacted]

      8. Stephanie's A Salon
      1538 Whalley Ave
      New Haven, CT 06515
      [phone number redacted]

      9. Lovey Nails
      1229 State St
      New Haven, CT 06511
      [phone number redacted]

      10. Panache
      1044 Chapel St
      New Haven, CT 06510
      [phone number redacted]

      11. Chocolate Spa & Nail
      59 Amity Rd
      New Haven, CT 06515
      [phone number redacted]

      over 4 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar
      princess123

      I went to my nail salon for a mani/pedi and told them I was in treatment and could not cut cuticles. They were already familiar with what I could have and couldn't. Ask your regular nail tech. She may already know.

      over 4 years ago
    • lilnursey's Avatar
      lilnursey

      Did your dr tell you they had to be removed? I had 8 chem treatment and never took mine off( was never told to) had no problems just make sure you go to a place that uses good hygene.

      over 4 years ago
    • laurie2025's Avatar
      laurie2025

      I am going to be on chemo #5 of 6 this week, have and plan to keep my gel nails as long as I can. During my chemo class she said it was fine as long as they did not cut my cuticles, which they never do. You could also probably remove them yourself by soaking in acetone, then using an orange stick to scrape them off. But for just a removal procedure I wouldn't hesitate to go to a salon, as long as they are reputable and clean.

      over 4 years ago

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